Primary english teaching resources: Plays

Resources and ideas for english, plays, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

Writing Prompts for KS2 and Above

Writing Prompts for KS2 and Above

As a professional writer, I use many techniques to kick-start my writing. Using those techniques here are some prompts that will help children delve into writing stories. There are 3 sections of prompts that can be mixed and matched for greater fun. First lines, titles and characters all help inspire a new story.

By csoundar

Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein - The Tragic Hero

Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein - The Tragic Hero

This engaging and detailed lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of the lead protagonist in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Victor Frankenstein. The lesson places a particular focus upon how Victor fits the role of a tragic hero, and it studies the actions and behaviours that lead to his inevitable demise. Students also analyse how Shelley uses the character of Victor to present key messages about religion, unchecked ambition, and the treatment of the ‘others’ in society.The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:- Defining the role of the tragic hero and exploring how Victor personifies these features;- Understanding prevailing attitudes towards religion, ambition, and appearances, and investigating how Victor would have been received considering these ideas;- Reading and understanding extracts in which Victor's fatal flaws are evident, and considering how they are relevant;- Analysing how Shelley utilises Victor and his demise to present key messages to readers;- Linking knowledge of time, place, and author, and relating these to specific areas of the text;- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.Included is:- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including an animated Frankenstein's monster to guide them through the lesson);- Mood map - to track Victor's role in the plot and eventual destruction;- 'Frankenstein's Actions' worksheet;- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;- Comprehensive lesson plan.There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to middle-ability year 10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.

By TandLGuru

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Playscripts Year 5

Playscripts Year 5

A wonderful week of planning, resources and presentations to engage children in writing playscripts. As our topic was on Ancient Greece, the playscript that children will be writing will be based around Ancient Greek Gods. I found that this motivated the children more as they already had previous information on the topic.Children are introduced to playscipts by picking out the features in pairs and also gathering an understanding of what a 'myth' is. As the week progresses, children will then create a hero/heroine for their own playscipt by filling out a job application for that particular character. There is a planning/drafting day included also, with resources, to ensure children fully understand the layout of a playscript, along with using features of a Greek Myth.By the end of the week, children will produce an interesting Greek Myth play using the features correctly and effectively. This resource includes notebook presentation, differentiated resources, very detailed planning which points out explicitly what needs to be taught and how the lessons are to be differentiated, and also a success criteria for children to follow. I have tried these lessons myself, and my children really enjoyed them.Please leave a review and check out my other resources if you get the chance: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Morrisr9

By Morrisr9

Shakespearean Phrases - Matching Activity

Shakespearean Phrases - Matching Activity

Challenge your students to match these Shakespearean phrases with their meanings.Sixteen different phrases are included with their meanings. Cut them out, jumble them up and ask your students to match them back together again!Find more resources like this in our Shakespeare Mini Pack at www.teachingpacks.co.uk

By teachingideas

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Year 5/6 word mat (grammar, spelling and writing) includes hyphens, modal verbs and conjunctions

Year 5/6 word mat (grammar, spelling and writing) includes hyphens, modal verbs and conjunctions

I think this in the most useful resource I've made so far to help year 5 and 6 children with their writing. It has helped me get my books in order for writing moderation too!This word mat is to be photocopied double sided and laminated.It includes: All the year 5/6 curriculum spelling wordsHyphenated WordsSubordinating conjunctionsCo-ordinating ConjunctionsModal VerbsContractions (including spoken contractions)It is colourful, well set out and easy to use. I hope others find it as useful as our school does. It does help them when they are writing.

By richbreeds

Romeo and Juliet KS3 GCSE Who is to blame? carousel activity only

Romeo and Juliet KS3 GCSE Who is to blame? carousel activity only

Romeo and Juliet KS3/GCSE carousel activity for pupils. This resource doesn't include the full lesson. Available altogether in my shop in another resource. Includes all 8 posters describing the roles in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and A3 sheet for pupils to write reasons and give a rating out of 10. Both PDF and original publisher files included for ease of use.

By ChristyJade1

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Judgement Day! Our Day Out by Willy Russell

Judgement Day! Our Day Out by Willy Russell

Complete PowerPoint with a prosecution/defence criminal theme. Worksheets provided, as well as a colourful, engaging PowerPoint with timers. Lesson is based on two teams, the prosecution and the defence. Each have to convince the Judge that Mr Briggs is a good/bad teacher.

By msh22

Frankenstein: The Portrayal of Women!

Frankenstein: The Portrayal of Women!

This engaging and informative lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of the portrayal of women in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The lesson places a particular focus upon the perceived role and characteristics of women in the late 1700s, and compares this to the manner in which they are presented in the text. By the end of the lesson, students demonstrate an ability to argue whether they think Shelley’s portrayal of women challenges or recycles existing ideas of women living at the time.The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:- Understanding the social and historical context of life for women in the late 1700s;'- Making links between contextual understanding and what is noted from the text;- Reading and understanding key extracts from chapters 8, 22, and 23 - extracts that provide exposure to the female characters in the text;- Inferring, and interpreting the key events of the extracts, and considering the impression that is given of women by Shelley;- Arguing whether they feel that Shelley recycles or challenges the role of women at the time, using a purpose-made essay template;- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.Included is:- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including an animated Frankenstein's monster to guide them through the lesson);- Inferring and interpreting worksheet (and a teacher answer sheet);- Extracts from Chapters 8, 22, and 23;- The role of women worksheet;- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;- Comprehensive lesson plan.There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to middle-ability year 9/10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.All images are licensed for commercial use, and image rights are listed on the last page of the presentation.

By TandLGuru

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Frankenstein Big Bundle!

Frankenstein Big Bundle!

This engaging, varied, and informative scheme of learning is designed to help students gain a valuable understanding of Mary Shelley's horror classic 'Frankenstein.' The lessons enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the key features of plot, character, context, and language, in addition to considering the key themes and ideas running throughout the text.All of the resources that you need are included in the bundle: informative and engaging whole lesson PowerPoints, worksheets, activities, and lesson plans. The bundle is made up of a wide-range of interesting and exciting lessons, including:- The Context of Frankenstein;- Victor Frankenstein - The Tragic Hero;- Shifting Narrative Viewpoints:- Shelley's Description of the Monster;- The Monster's Murders - Justified?- The Frankenstein Pointless Game.Stimulating, visual, and easily adaptable, these lessons provide suggested learning objectives and outcomes for students of a wide-range of abilities - The vast majority of tasks are differentiated to allow for different abilities and needs in your classroom. Each lesson loosely follows this logical learning journey to ensure that students learn in bite-size steps:- Engaging- Defining/ Understanding- Identifying/Remembering- Analysing/ Creating- Peer or self evaluating.All of the lessons are interactive, employ a variety of different teaching and learning methods and styles, and are visually-engaging. Individually, these resources would amount to £14, meaning that you are saving 64%!These resources can also be bought individually for £2 each

By TandLGuru

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Sleeping Beauty Play Cast of 6 alternative version

Sleeping Beauty Play Cast of 6 alternative version

Sleeping Beauty cast of 6Alternative version of the original Brothers Grimm versionThis is one of a set of 'alternative' fairy tales based on those written by Brothers Grimm but re-written, just as they did! This alternative Sleeping Beauty play can be used for performance or as a guided reading text.Cast size and DurationCast of 6, reading time around 15 minutesPurchase includes: Synopsis of original fairy tale, play script, teaching input, discussion and suggested follow up activities.Other cast of 6 alternative plays: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty is also available as assembly/class play cast size 30 (easily adaptable up or down) along with Cinderella and Snow White. Snow White also available as a pantomime - cast of 30 or 60.Sample TextNarrator: (Shouting) You may want to switch your alarm off!(Queen goes over and switches it off)King: Phew! Thank goodness for that!(Sound of loud snoring from Sleeping Beauty)King: But wait! What is that awful noise?Narrator: That awful noise is your daughter!Queen: Oh dear! No wonder there wasn’t a prince in this script!King: (Tutting) Time she woke up.Queen: Oh don’t be too harsh! She is a princess, after all! And we all know how much princesses need their beauty sleep!King: (Grunting) Huh! This one more than others! Come on Sleeping Beauty!(King gives her a shake)Sleeping Beauty: (Yawning) Oh, why? Why must I always get woken up?Queen: I’m sorry, my dear. I did try and explain how much you needed your beauty sleep!Sleeping Beauty: Beauty sleep? What’s that got to do with it?King: Er wellSleeping Beauty: Were you not listening at the beginning? I, along with all the other girls out there, was not put on this earth simply to find a prince – handsome or otherwise. And now I’m awake there are going to be a few changes around here.Queen: (Gasping) But Sleeping Beauty!Sleeping Beauty: And that can be the first thing to change! My name! I care not for either Sleeping or Beauty! Just call me Frankie in future!Queen and King: (Together) Frankie?

By suesplays

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'X' marks the spot - A brief history of voting and democracy

'X' marks the spot - A brief history of voting and democracy

There’s always some kind of election going on in the UK, albeit local, general, mayoral or X -factor vote. This play has lots of parts and whizzes through the history of parliament and the right to vote with lots of humour.Can be used as a sketch or assembly performance, or as part of a larger play. Could also be used as a resource in the classroom for a lesson on script writing.

By sidriver

Britain's Got Talent Adverts

Britain's Got Talent Adverts

Set of resources for creating adverts based on successful performances on Britain's got talent. Includes evaluation sheet, ideas notepad, story board and advert plan

By slayer2k5

Romeo and Juliet Imagery worksheet and extension tasks

Romeo and Juliet Imagery worksheet and extension tasks

Suitable for KS3 or a support groupWorksheet plus ppt with instructions & additional tasks/answersTasks:1: Cut and stick each quotation with the correct corresponding image.2: Identify which character said each of the quotations.3: Find another example of Shakespeare’s imagery. Draw your own picture and label it with the quotation in your workbook. Challenge : ‘Love is too powerful to be described through a metaphor.’ Do you think Shakespeare has managed to convey this emotion well, or not? Explain your opinion.

By lofford1

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Progression in Writing  Grammar Assessment Card Ks1-2 Bundle

Progression in Writing Grammar Assessment Card Ks1-2 Bundle

These progression in writing assessment cards are child friendly and colourful. This pack includes year 1- year 5. I haven't made a year 6 yet...but work in progress! The children find them easy to use with great examples. I made them as English coordinator to help embed grammar throughout the school and also help staff with the expectations for the children in each year. I used the National curriculum and the Pie Corbett progression in writing to help me piece these together. The individual price of these totals £14.95, so thought I bundle them together for just £10. Please feel free to adapt this resource and obviously change the school name and logo at the top. I am sure everyone will find these as useful as we have at our school.

By richbreeds

CHAPBooks: Using Skills Learned Through Reading Books to Write Books

CHAPBooks: Using Skills Learned Through Reading Books to Write Books

The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/From Reading to Writing: CHAPBooksUsing ELA CSCC Skill Development, Students Will Transition From Reading Books to Writing Books With Skills AcquiredThe goal of this extensive reading, comprehending, and writing literature using the ELA CSCC, students will learn how to identify story elements, language usage, how to summarize and re-tell the stories and/or information, distinguish different genres, recognize books by title and author and illustrator, analyze structure and theme is various types of literature, along with the other standards, as well as choose genres that appeal most to them when they get the opportunity to write their own poetry chap books (Assignment 1) and other types of books: non-fiction, storybooks, novels, science books, art books with descriptions of illustrations, how-to-books, cookbooks, etc. which will be available to check out in the classroom’s library.From Library to BookStoreStudents in higher grades (5-6-elementary, 7-8-middle school, and 9-12, high school) might want to create a bookstore and invest in having a few books printed, along with a poster advertising their book with illustrations created by the author or an artist commissioned to illustrate the cover.

By Geoyce411

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A Six Week Unit of Work for Literacy - Cool by Michael Morpurgo

A Six Week Unit of Work for Literacy - Cool by Michael Morpurgo

This is ideal for years 4 and 5, but could be used with 6. This includes planning for six weeks - 30 days in total.The format I have used is as follows...Monday - Discussion / Short WritingTuesday - Reading ComprehensionWednesday - Grammar and PunctuationThursday and Friday - Longer WritingWriting genres included...-monologue-play script / drama-diary-letter-magazine article-newspaper reportYou can easily copy and paste the ideas from this planning into your own format if you want to.This is an ideal book to use for a half term because it is not too long and it is engaging. However, please be aware that it includes a boy in a coma and it could upset some children if they have recently experienced an illness or loss in the family.PLEASE CLICK davlae NEAR THE TOP OF THIS PAGE OR GO TO...www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/davlae...TO VISIT MY SHOP.

By davlae

Frankenstein: The Context of Frankenstein

Frankenstein: The Context of Frankenstein

This engaging and detailed lesson aims to improve students’ understanding of the social and historical context of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel: Frankenstein. The lesson places a particular focus upon the developments in health, science, and technology at the time the text was written and set, the locations visited by the author, and the life of Mary Shelley. By the end of the lesson, students demonstrate their ability to link their understanding of context to specific sections of the text.The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:- Considering how life has changed between the end of the 18th Century and the present day;- Researching key information about health, scientific understanding, and major events in the late 1700s;- Understanding the features of locations in the novel, and interpreting what they may symbolise;- Developing their understanding of the author: Mary Shelley, and considering the key events in her life that influenced her writing of Frankenstein;- Linking knowledge of time, place, and author, and relating these to specific areas of the text;- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.Included is:- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and substantial; (including an animated Frankenstein's monster to guide them through the lesson, and links to helpful websites);- Comparison between 1700s and the present day worksheet (and a teacher answer sheet);- Card sorting activity based on locations in the novel;- Mary Shelley worksheet (and a teacher answer sheet);- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;- Comprehensive lesson plan.There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. This was originally taught to middle-ability year 9/10 groups, but can easily be differentiated for groups of different ages and abilities.All images are licensed for commercial use, and image rights are listed on the last page of the presentation. NOTE: One of the tasks requires access to researching materials, e.g. internet or library access.

By TandLGuru

Quote Bank - Blood Brothers - Blank

Quote Bank - Blood Brothers - Blank

Attached is a blank quote bank for pupils to fill in as they are reading the play. This allows pupils to have a handy booklet rather than skim through the entire play. There is also a section for reflection about the dramatic devices used by Russell and their impact on the reader. Many thanks!

By mratcliffe88

The Key to a Perfect PEE

The Key to a Perfect PEE

A fun display, with useful miniature versions for students to stick in books, to help pupils understand how to write a perfect PEE, and what has to be included! Year 7 students love the tagline and have been saying it to one another. A very successful resource :)

By owl_eyed_resources

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Progression in Writing Assessment card for Year 2- Grammar (double sided)

Progression in Writing Assessment card for Year 2- Grammar (double sided)

I created these checklist cards as English Coordinator to help embed grammar throughout the school. The children can use them to assess when they have done a piece of writing. I used both the national curriculum and Pie Corbett's progression in writing to put these together. They are very visual and give examples. This is the year 2 one. Had lots of good feedback from our school and cluster from children and staff.

By richbreeds

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Progression in writing Assessment card- Grammar Year 5 (double Sided)

Progression in writing Assessment card- Grammar Year 5 (double Sided)

I created these checklist cards as English Coordinator to help embed grammar throughout the school. The children can use them to assess when they have done a piece of writing. I used both the national curriculum and Pie Corbett's progression in writing to put these together. They are very visual and give examples. This is the year 5 one. Had lots of good feedback from our school and cluster from children and staff.

By richbreeds

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Progression in Writing Assessment Card- Year 3 Grammar (double sided)

Progression in Writing Assessment Card- Year 3 Grammar (double sided)

I created these checklist cards as English Coordinator to help embed grammar throughout the school. The children can use them to assess when they have done a piece of writing. I used both the national curriculum and Pie Corbett's progression in writing to put these together. They are very visual and give examples. This is the year 3 one. Had lots of good feedback from our school and cluster from children and staff.

By richbreeds

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Progression in Writing Assessment Card- Grammar Year 4 (double sided)

Progression in Writing Assessment Card- Grammar Year 4 (double sided)

I created these checklist cards as English Coordinator to help embed grammar throughout the school. The children can use them to assess when they have done a piece of writing. I used both the national curriculum and Pie Corbett's progression in writing to put these together. They are very visual and give examples. This is the year 4 one. Had lots of good feedback from our school and cluster from children and staff.

By richbreeds

Macbeth Storyboard

Macbeth Storyboard

Simple PPT with the plot of Macbeth split into 12 steps. Could be printed for students to draw pictures and find quotations or students could adapt / copy.

By LangLitLove

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Going on a Lion Hunt

Going on a Lion Hunt

An interesting video song that talks about two kids who go on a lion hunt, They hear different animals' sounds and guess them . Finally , they face a lion. The lyrics are very easy and memorable.

By zainah2000