Primary english teaching resources: Plays

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

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson (and bingo)

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson (and bingo)

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing LessonTaking advantage of the new movie release, this light lesson focuses on the show, not tell, technique in descriptive writing.The complete lesson includes:• Sentence improvement starter• Plot slide of Beauty and the Beast• Trailer clips• Lesson objectives• Show not tell technique explained + video clip• Additional writing tips• Two images for students to describe and relate back to the class• Beauty and the Beast bingo plenary, with 30 individual bingo cards and caller’s cardAn easy, but engaging lesson students should enjoy – especially fans of Beauty and the Beast!Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: Youtube trailer of Beauty and the Beast, Cooltext.com, myfreebingo.com, IMDB and Wikipedia)

By EngageinEnglish

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Red Riding Hood  - Story Pack with Widgit Symbols

Red Riding Hood - Story Pack with Widgit Symbols

A fully comprehensive pack with differentiated activities supported by Widgit Symbols.The pack contains a variety of 23 activities, which include the story, sequencing activities, worksheets, a cut and stick activity, matching activities, drawing activities and storyboard.This resource was created in InPrint 3.

By Widgit_Software

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Three Billy Goats Gruff - Story Pack with Widgit Symbols

Three Billy Goats Gruff - Story Pack with Widgit Symbols

A fully comprehensive pack with differentiated activities supported by Widgit Symbols.The pack contains a variety of 17 activities, which include the story, sequencing activities, worksheets, crossword, matching activities, drawing, storyboard and playscript.This resource was created in InPrint 3.

By Widgit_Software

Frankenstein - Character Map

Frankenstein - Character Map

Frankenstein - Character MapThis resource is a great way to get students to gather the key information of the characters from the story. I have made this map to be printed up to any size and can be used time and time again as a helpful resource. Works well in A3 and has been used by other English teachers. For more creative ideas see my shop: @captionteseducationAlternatively contact me via my weblink if you have anything you would like me to make.All images are original vector images drawn by myself. ©2017 WTB

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Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Ancient Greek Myths Pandora's Box Assembly or Class PlayThis class play can be used as an assembly (for performance) or as a class play, to be read within the classroom.Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration - around 15 - 20 minutes reading not including music suggestions.The Seven Deadly Sins plus all those Vices? No wonder our Narrator is worried! But as with all good stories, this one has a happy ending - well, maybe not for all those baddies!This is one of a collection of Ancient Greek Myth scripts – assemblies and guided reading scripts, sold as separate and combined products. This play could also be used as a PSHE resource – on resisting temptation, and the victory of good (hope) over evil (Seven Deadly Sins plus, in this case 19 Vices).Sample Text:Music 5 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt(Epimetheus sings love song to Pandora)Narrator: (Indicating for music to stop) Yes, yes. We get it! Young love!Epimetheus: Oh come on! Look at this perfect woman? How could I possibly resist?Narrator: (To audience) Aha! Somebody else who couldn’t resist temptation!(To Pandora) No offence to you, madam.(To Epimetheus) But did you not look a little deeper? I mean, yes, she’s undoubtedly beautiful but(Optional burst of The Price You Pay – Bruce Springsteen)Pandora: (Angrily) Oh right! It’s the blond argument, right? The ‘well, if she looks that good, there can’t be much underneath’? No spirit, heh?Music 6 Missionary Man – Eurythmics(Pandora throws off her ‘pretty clothes’ displaying a much stronger image)Narrator: (Holding up hand for music to stop) Whoa! That’s not the Perfect Pandora I was expecting!Epimetheus: (Gasping) And that’s not a side of my wife I’ve ever seen before!Pandora: Of course not! You only ever wanted me to be that perfect ‘domestic goddess’ – sitting around, looking pretty, staring vacantly out to space!Epimetheus: Well, isn’t that what wives are supposed to do?Narrator: Not this one, I suspect!(Optional excerpt of Thorn in my Side – Eurythmics – Pandora strutting up and down)Narrator: (Holding hand up) OK. Yes, we’ve got it! So underneath all that sweetness was a whole heap of frustration!Pandora: More like mega boredom! I mean, what was I supposed to do all day?Epimetheus: Stay out of mischief?

By suesplays

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson

The Island – Survival Diary Lesson

The Island – Survival Diary LessonAction-packed desert island survival lesson.Full lesson Power Point is recommended for two lessons and includes:* Attractive title pages throughout* Word list starter activity* Scenario page* Lesson Objectives* Discussion prompts* Writing prompts* Map drawing activityExcellent value, engaging lesson that students of all ages will enjoy!For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: copyright free images used.)

By EngageinEnglish

Structuring introductions - Julius Caesar

Structuring introductions - Julius Caesar

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this colour differentiated model answer demonstrates the elements that constitute a well-developed introduction for reading assessments. The sentences are differentiated by colour and pupils are encouraged to identify the purpose of each sentence from the checklist. In matching the sentence to its purpose (e.g. link to context), pupils begin to identify the elements of effective introductions and become more critical as they write their own introduction.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Rachel Carson: A Biographical Play *EARTH DAY ACTIVITY

Rachel Carson: A Biographical Play *EARTH DAY ACTIVITY

A Biologist and marine zoologist, Carson’s books shared her love of nature, especially the ocean and its inhabitants. Her book, Silent Spring, sparked concern in how chemical pesticides were harming our environment. Carson helped to start the environmental movement in our country, which led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This Reader's Theater Script could be used as a STEM biography any time of year or especially during the time of Earth Day.

By gailhennessey

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Grammar Word Mats for Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions & Synonyms

Grammar Word Mats for Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions & Synonyms

There are over 1500 different words in these word mats which include:• Adjectives (137 different words)• Adverbs (over 800 different words)• Conjunctions (over 350 different words)• Synonyms (240 different words)Th conjunctions types are:• Causal • Comparative• Coordinating• Explaining• Listing• Opposing• Subordinating• Time

By mrichmond

Storyboards

Storyboards

Here are 6 versions of a storyboard to save yourself time creating your own. There are 2 with 8, 6 and 4 squares. One of the versions have larger areas for drawing with the other version more lines for writing. I have included it in a PowerPoint format so you can alter it if you want. I have also included it in a pdf format to make it easier to print.

By mrichmond

Recount based on Historical Poem (2 1/2 weeks) unit based on The Highwayman

Recount based on Historical Poem (2 1/2 weeks) unit based on The Highwayman

This is a short poetry unit based on the great poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. The end piece of writing is a retelling of the story but from another character's perspective. This unit includes lots of drama and role play to stimulate the pupil's ideas. I have included all the resources you will need and have listed the learning objectives below:Stage 1: Stimulate and generate learning outcomes• To deduce information about a character from a picture.• To recite poetry.• To explore the themes of a text.• To use drama to explore characters’ feelings.• To tell a story from a character’s perspective.Stage 2: Capture, sift and sort learning outcomes• To identify the language used for effect.• To write metaphors.• To tell a story from a character’s perspective.• To recount a story as a news report.Stage 3: Create, refine and evaluate learning outcomes• To write a story from a character’s perspective.• To revise, edit evaluate and improve my writing.• Perform own writing by reading it to a group.

By mrichmond

Articulate Cards

Articulate Cards

I have made articulate cards for all the books I have read to my class this year. They focus on the challenging words in each text. I use these to improve communication skills in my class. They are a great time filler or starter for drama or public speaking activity.

By mrichmond

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Descriptive Writing (4 weeks) unit based on The Wolves in Walls by Neil Gaiman

Descriptive Writing (4 weeks) unit based on The Wolves in Walls by Neil Gaiman

This is a 4 week unit of work that is based around Neil Gaiman's 'The Wolves in the Walls' book. This is a challenging text, as it covers the issue of nightmares but it really engages the boys in my class. Neil Gaiman has a fantastic story telling ability (he also wrote Coraline). The end piece is designed to be a descriptive nightmare where the child experienced it learns what to do in their life after they wake up. This unit of work is targeted best at Year 4 - 6 pupils. I have included all the resources you need to start teaching this tomorrow. Below are all the learning objectives and resources included for the unit:• To write a letter to a character in a book• To create a fantasy world• To select and retrieve key information• To discuss philosophical ideas• To find the meaning of words• To find the key features descriptive writing • To write sentences using conjunctions• To find near synonyms• To write produce internally coherent paragraphs• To write sentences with embedded clauses• To write about all 5 senses• To use a fronted adverbial to explain how, when or where something took place• To write expanded noun phrases• To plan my writing by discussing and recording ideas• To plan and organise my ideas to effectively support my writing• To revise, edit evaluate and improve my writing• To revise, edit evaluate and improve my writing• To create illustrations for a piece of writing• To read my story to another pupilResources Include:• 1 - Postcard from Lucy• 3 - Animals in Dreams • 3 - Animals in Dreams Reading Comprehension • 4 - Philosophical Questions• 5 – Wolves Word Mat• 6 - Key Features of Descriptive Writing• 8 – Shades of meaning• 10 - Embedded clauses• 11 - 5 Senses• 11 - Fantasy Pictures• 12 - Fronted Adverbials WT• 13 - Monk & Monkey Photos• 14 – Storyboard• 16 - Success CriteriaThis unit of work uses the 3 stage planning process of:Stimulate and generate = This usually starts with a hook to interest the class where the class realise who they are going to write for so they have a clear purpose and audience. Acticitives can include reading excellent model texts, drama or researching more about the author or the content of the book.Capture, sift and sort = This is the part of the unit where pupils look at key features, practise skills they will need in order to complete the final piece or new learning for objectives they have not learnt yet.Create, refine, evaluate = This is where you bring all you have learnt together and plan the final piece before you write it and then edit it to improve the piece. This can include self, peer or teacher led reviewing.

By mrichmond

Mr Magnolia

Mr Magnolia

PPT of story with true and false quiz for cok. prehension and recall, feelings discussion, ideas for a week on the text - I'd suggest using other rhymes and Quentin Blake books for variation but continue exploring this book Indoor and outdoor activities and I'm sure theres loads more to add. Hope it is of some use to some folks xView more

By newgreenteacher

An Inspector Calls Pointless Game (and blank template to make your own games!)

An Inspector Calls Pointless Game (and blank template to make your own games!)

Based on the popular game show 'Pointless', this resource is perfect for use as a whole lesson resource, enrichment option, or revision tool. Editable, so that you can change to any other topic or change questions. (I've also added a blank template so that you can make your own games from scratch). Containing almost 30 slides of sound clips, engaging visuals, and suitably challenging questions, this resource is effective at both promoting engagement and enhancing learning. There are several full rounds of questions to build or revisit knowledge of characters, plot, and themes in 'An Inspector Calls.'Round 1. The characters in An Inspector Calls (takes approx 10 mins)Round 2. Quotations from the text (takes approx 15 mins)3. Settings, themes, and objects (takes approx 15 mins)4. Themes in An Inspector Calls (takes approx 10 mins)The nature of this game ensures that the resource can challenge students of all levels.

By TandLGuru

Features of playscripts PPT leading through steps to create a playscript

Features of playscripts PPT leading through steps to create a playscript

PPT describing the features of a play script. Supports the teacher to model in steps the features and gives opportunities for children to try out the features in a logical step by step way.Set out with objectives 'I know the features/ I an share write/ I can create Uses Little Red Riding Hood as a model but can then be adapted to all genres of text I used it to write play scripts about the NormansFinal slides give a skeleton plan that children can use to base their own scripts on

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Romeo & Juliet Act 1-5

Romeo & Juliet Act 1-5

Revision PPT looking back at Acts 1-5 in Romeo and Juliet. Questions, activities and model paragraphs. Includes relevant contextual information. Aimed at GCSE.

By swa201

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The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class Play

The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class Play

Ancient Greek Myths The Gorgon's Head Assembly or Class PlayCast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration: around 10 - 15 minutes not including musicWhat was Poseidon thinking - taking on all these women? He might succeed at putting the youth Perseus in his place but a group of 'wronged women'? Never!This is one of a large collection of Ancient Greek scripts written by Sue Russell – guided reading scripts also available.Sample Text:Medusa: Just like I said! Gods! Men! The bane of our lives!Poseidon: (Clutching his forehead, muttering) I think I have a headache coming on. (Pauses)You know something? I suddenly feel just a little outnumbered! Would you ladies mind just giving me a short break?(Exit Athene, Medusa and Danae, shrugging their shoulders)Poseidon: Phew! Peace at last! Oh, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against ‘the weaker sex’(Athene comes storming back)Music 3 War – Edwin Starr – Brief excerptAthene: What was that you just said? Weaker, eh? I’ll show you weaker!(Athene strides up and down, wielding her sword)Poseidon: (Holding hand up) OK. I apologize.Athene: Goddess of wisdom and war! (To Poseidon) You’d do well to remember that!Poseidon: (Aside) As if I could forget! (To Athene) Now, what was I saying about having a little peace?Athene: Huh! Give me war any day!(Exit Athene)Poseidon: (Clutching head) Women! I knew I should never have agreed to this!(Enter Perseus, giving Poseidon a ‘high five)Perseus: What’s up, bro?Poseidon: (Indignantly) Bro? I’ll give you bro!Perseus: OK so I guess it’s Uncle, really – seeing as Zeus was my dad, and your brother!Poseidon: Correct! So, no more bro, right?Perseus: Fair enough! So, what’s the plan, dude?Poseidon: (Exploding) Dude? That’s even worse than bro! What is it with you youngsters? Can’t you talk normally?Perseus: (Sighing) OK I’ll try! I’m just not used to hanging out with oldies like you!Poseidon: (Exploding) Now look here, young Perseus! If you and me are going to get along, you need to show a little respect!(Enter Danae)Danae: Perseus! Where are those manners I taught you?Poseidon: I think he might have lost them during his travels!Danae: Well, let’s help him find them again! Poseidon is only trying toPoseidon: (Looking at his watch) Get this story told? Well, that’s proving a bit of a challenge! (To Danae) No offence, madam, but you women don’t half talk a lot!(Enter Polydectes, accompanied by ‘several’ women, all chatting and laughing)Polydectes: (Groaning) Tell me about it! You want to try keeping them quiet in court! Once they get going there’s no stopping them!

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Theseus and the Minotaur Assembly or Class Play

Theseus and the Minotaur Assembly or Class Play

Ancient Greeks Theseus and the Minotaur Assembly or Class PlayCast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration: 10 - 15 minutes reading (this does not include music suggestions)Monsters and heroes - not the easiest cast to deal with! But then Poseidon is more than man - sorry, make that - god enough to take this lot on!Also available (as separate purchase): This assembly plus Guided Reading Script plus Quiz (one of large collection of Ancient Greek scripts written by Sue Russell)Sample Text:Music 1 – El Matador Music(Cast file into hall, in order of speaking, taking seats along two rows of fifteen facing the audience)Poseidon: Welcome to this tale about(Enter Theseus)Music 2 Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler (chorus)(Theseus strides up and down, bracing his muscles and striking various ‘heroic postures’)Theseus: A hero! That’s me, Theseus!(Theseus gestures to cast to cheer)(Whole cast cheers)Poseidon: And(Enter Minotaur)Music 3 Deeper Underground – Jamiroquai (chorus)(Minotaur ‘skulks’ up and down, glaring at both cast and audience)Minotaur: Me! The Minotaur!(Minotaur ‘paws the ground’, snorts in anger and glares at cast who all boo)Poseidon: Hmm. Quite a split! In factTheseus: (Interrupting) You could say, Good versus Evil!Poseidon: (Glaring at Theseus) I could! But I’m not going to, if it’s all the same to you! (To audience, aside) These heroes! Think they’re God’s Gift!Theseus: Well, you may not have regarded me as a gift (pauses) Dad! (Pauses) But my other father did!(Enter Aegeus)Aegeus: Ah Theseus, my son! There you are! (To audience) I hope you haven’t been listening too much to this god, here (pointing at Poseidon). Gods! Way too much time on their hands and far too many off spring to show for it!Poseidon: What was that?Aegeus: Oh nothing, Poseidon! Just commenting on how creatively you fill your time. Truly awesome!Poseidon: Well, as God of the Seas I guess I am rather (pauses) what did you say? Oh, awesome, that’s right! A shame not everyone was in such awe of me as you!(Enter Minos)(Whole cast hisses and boos)Minos: (Angrily) Hey! That’s no way to greet the King of Crete!Aegeus: (Contemptuously) Pah! Some king you were!Minos: (Laughing) Huh! And you were any better, oh great King of Athens? (Pauses) Now, just remind me. Who had to send human sacrifices to who?Aegeus: (Exclaiming) Why, you evil, wicked, cruel, vindictive ..Poseidon: (Interrupting) Yes, yes. I think we get it. You two didn’t like each other much, did you?Aegeus: Oh I’ve barely started.

By suesplays

Blooms Flower Questioning Fan

Blooms Flower Questioning Fan

Print and cut these flowers out, laminate them and put them on a key ring/lanyard - very useful for planning questioning within or lessons, or even for using on the spot to deepen children's understanding and learning. Each flower has different question starters, split in to the sections of Bloom's taxonomy for effective questioning.

By alexbray95