Elementary School drama lesson plans and activities

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

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Fun Class Assembly  Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Fun Class Assembly Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Just finished this assembly with my Y5 class, it went so well and they loved it. It involves an 'X factor' style show where each Greek god auditions to be king of the gods, whilst telling the audience a little bit about the Ancient Greeks. It involves throwing confetti at the audience, a dance routine to music from Disney's Hercules, and a boy dressing up as Cheryl Cole....if you want. Adapt and use as you want. Enjoy.

By koolkat123uk

Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)

Romeo and Juliet (a triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied ROMEO AND JULIET are asked to match the text on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name.A plague o’ both your houses. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.Parting is such sweet sorrow.Young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o' Thursday, or never after look me in the face.For, by your leaves, you shall not stay alone till Holy Church incorporate two in one.A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life…Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man. Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. Your lady mother is coming to your chamber: the day is broke; be wary…O true apothecary, thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.Tempt not a desperate manMy only love sprung from my only hate!Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?O happy dagger, this is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

By Carlav

Structuring an Analytical Essay for Macbeth

Structuring an Analytical Essay for Macbeth

Targeted at KS4 pupils, the adaptable writing frame provides pupils with a guided structure (with arrows) about how they can build a convincing analytical argument through each sentence. Each sentence is connected with an arrow that shows pupils how their analytical response follows a structure; in following the arrows pupils realize how they must begin with a topic sentence to evidence, to analysis then the reader's response and concluding the writer's intentions. The structure is modeled and pupils are given opportunities to follow the structure and analyse alternative extracts independently for the entire lesson. This works great in group work and independent tasks that lead to presentations. The analytical structure is adaptable to different texts and provides a great scaffold for all analytical writing tasks.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Class, Capitalism and Socialism in An Inspector Calls

Class, Capitalism and Socialism in An Inspector Calls

Targeted at low ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint provides an insightful platform that enables pupils to explore how class, capitalism and socialism are embodied by the characters. In providing specific extracts, differentiated questioning and comprehension checks before assessing pupils, the PowerPoint is widely accessible for diverse classes.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Gothic Writing - Semi-colons and 'show' don't tell.

Gothic Writing - Semi-colons and 'show' don't tell.

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this flexible resource challenges pupils to use semi-colons in order to create contrasting portrayals of their characters. In creating opposing portrayals of their character on either side of the semi-colon, pupils can create interesting and original descriptive writing.

By deepavali_sehgal1

The Controversy of Class in An Inspector Calls

The Controversy of Class in An Inspector Calls

Targeted at low ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint provides an insightful platform that enables pupils to explore the controversial nature of class in An Inspector Calls by recognising how this unjustifiably leads to segregation. In providing specific extracts, differentiated questioning and comprehension checks before assessing pupils, the PowerPoint is widely accessible for diverse classes.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Freytag's pyramid in Macbeth

Freytag's pyramid in Macbeth

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable resource enables pupils to explain how Shakespeare follows Freytag's five-act structure in order to intensify and add fluidity to the play. Through accessible models and assessments, pupils begin to discuss the value of the 'turning point' in the play.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Power in Macbeth

Power in Macbeth

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this insightful PowerPoint enables pupils to explore how Shakespeare presents how power ironically can lead to greed, alienation and downfall.With relevant quotes from the text, differentiated questions and writing scaffolds, by the end of the lesson pupils can analyse how Shakespeare presents power through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

By deepavali_sehgal1

MacbethKey Quotes in Freytag's Pyramid

MacbethKey Quotes in Freytag's Pyramid

Targeted at GCSE pupils, this structured revision board guides pupils with key quotes as to how each element of Freytag's Pyramid is presented through language in the play. The relevant quotes will enhance pupils' comprehension of the plot and ability to analyse quotes throughout the play.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Hamlet (a triangle puzzle)

Hamlet (a triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied Hamlet are asked to match the text on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:- This above all: to thine own self be true.- There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.- I must be cruel only to be kind.- To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream . . . - There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.- Brevity is the soul of wit. - I must be cruel only to be kind; thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.- Get thee to a nunnery. - The lady doth protest too much, methinks. - O that this too too solid flesh would melt …- Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!- When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions.- Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.- What a piece of work is a man!- One may smile and smile and be a villain. - Happy in that we are not overhappy; on Fortune's cap we are not the very button.- Neither a borrower nor a lender be: for loan oft loses both itself and friend.

By Carlav

Theatre in Education Small Project

Theatre in Education Small Project

A small project about Theatre in Education I used with my Year 9s in drama this year. Would be good to use with PSCHE as well. Gives students a chance to look into how TiE works and create their own TiE company. The presentation and two sheets I created are added and can be amended. During the first lesson they create their company and create a script/performance. In lesson 2 they look at funding a company and creating a letter to schools to get their support and backing. Really engaged the students... I used some music from The Apprentice and did a lot of acting throughout where they were judged by a 'panel' of other students pretending to be schools or companies that were looking into hiring their company for PSCHE days.

By jesstorrie1

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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

Shakespeare's portrayal of Hermia and Lysander's relationship

Shakespeare's portrayal of Hermia and Lysander's relationship

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this adaptable resource and PowerPoint enables pupils to explore how language is used to create alternative interpretations of Hermia and Lysander's relationship. While this can be completed independently, pupils can work in groups as they investigate how words are used to signify their commitment through diverging from society, commitment to elope, emotive language and direct address.

By deepavali_sehgal1

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Drama Reports Template

Drama Reports Template

A template with citations for Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory. Particular words are highlighted to make it easier for you to adapt to your own subject, students, targets and words. There are also sentence starters to help you compose your own report and a long list of preset targets that you can use. Examples below:• Answer more frequently in the lesson or volunteer to model work in the lesson. • Using drama vocabulary, give feedback to your peers.• Change the pitch, tone, volume and speed of your voice in order to develop a character.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

Skills and Knowledge Checklist for KS3 Drama

Skills and Knowledge Checklist for KS3 Drama

Skills and Knowledge Checklist for KS3 Drama- Tick off when skill has been acquired. I film students as evidence each month too and correspond it to the skill as evidence. Once the skill has been met- date it, tick it off and share with the students. Every student has this booklet in my class. Excellent way of tracking progress and showing progress over time. *Students footage kept on drive that only staff can access. Secure and with parental consent.

By beans0508

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Ancient Maya School Assembly Script (KS2/3)

Ancient Maya School Assembly Script (KS2/3)

This 20 minute script was written by an experienced primary school Head of English who is also, outside of school, an award-winning writer. The script was penned for a high ability Year 4 class but is suitable for performance by any year group in KS2 or 3. The script is deliberately humorous, yet is also full of informative and educational learning opportunities about the ancient Maya culture. The script has 30 parts but these could easily be split or doubled up depending on the number of children involved.

By andytaylorwow1

Macbeth Key Quotes

Macbeth Key Quotes

Targeted at Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils, this comprehensive collection of quotes from Macbeth would usefully guide pupils through the key events of the plot. In addition, the specific quotes would facilitate their detection of character development and the portrayal of relationships throughout the plot.With its flexibility, the quotes may directly be analysed or pupils may work in groups as they explore alternative ways in which the quotes may be enacted and how their chosen expression influences the portrayal of characters.

By deepavali_sehgal1

Persuasive Writing for World Book Day

Persuasive Writing for World Book Day

In celebration of World Book Day, this adaptable PowerPoint provides appropriate models that inform pupils as to how they can use their persuasive skills in order to 'sell' their reading book to their peers.This whole lesson PowerPoint is accessible across upper level KS2, KS3 and KS4.

By deepavali_sehgal1

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Victorian Talent Show Assembly Script (KS2/3)

Victorian Talent Show Assembly Script (KS2/3)

This amusing yet educational assembly script has been written by an experienced primary school Head of English who is, away from the classroom, also an award-winning playwright. Originally written for a high ability Year 5 class, this class assembly script is suitable for performance by any Key Stage 2 or 3 year group. The assembly as scripted runs for approximately fifteen minutes. Parts may of course be doubled up or split as necessary. The assembly involves both historical and fictional figures from the Victorian age being assessed for their ‘talent’ by modern TV talent show judges, with comic yet enlightening results.

By andytaylorwow1

Persuasive Articles

Persuasive Articles

Targeted at mixed ability KS3 pupils, this adaptable PowerPoint provides a detailed and well-modeled insight into the ways in which pupils can create persuasive articles particularly in food reviews. By comparing tabloids and broadsheets, pupils begin to explore how they can themselves create an effective article about their critic of a food experience.

By deepavali_sehgal1

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Drama Worksheet / Written Work / Behaviour

Drama Worksheet / Written Work / Behaviour

This is a worksheet designed to help disengaged students see the value in Drama. It requires them to research skills needed and apply it to their own lives, in order for them to realise what Drama can do for them.

By What_Is_In_A_Name

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Film Music Complete Scheme of Work and Resources

Film Music Complete Scheme of Work and Resources

This is a complete scheme of work for KS3/4 Music that covers the various aspects of music for film (moving image) This scheme of work will last 6-8 lessons and has all the resources you need. The videos for this scheme are available for free (due to copywrite) and can be found in my shop. Please note that these resources are for classroom delivery only and appropriate thanks should be given to the copywrite owners of the materials included. There are teachers notes and a lesson plan built into the PowerPoint for your reference. There is also a PLC included to review the students learning journey. Please feel free to adapt the S.o.W or resources as you feel appropriate for your learners and your delivery style. Skills being covered: > Listening Skills > Timbre discovery & exploration > Compositional skills > Analysis of emotion & effect I hope you enjoy delivering this scheme of work as much as I did. Neil

By neilfbentley

Drama GCSE Key-Word Revision Sessions [Crosswords & Games] (Exam Preparation)

Drama GCSE Key-Word Revision Sessions [Crosswords & Games] (Exam Preparation)

This revision session is designed for GCSE Drama teachers who want to lead revision sessions focussed on key-words and literacy. The download features:-A full PowerPoint to guide the session (with a starter, objectives, main task, a game, & AfL)-A colourful and fun double-sided worksheet (with 2 x key-word crosswords)-A teacher’s answersheetIt serves as a fun and relaxed way for students to revise key-words and allows you to gauge their knowledge of key-words based on how fast they can complete the task.Ideally, you should have a time where students work alone at first (so that you can gauge their level of knowledge) and then co-operatively (in pairs) so that they can learn.All activities in this session are focussed on key-words so if you feel your students need to revise key-words this is the perfect resource for them!

By Maxi88

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An Inspector Calls Lessons

An Inspector Calls Lessons

A powerpoint used to work through the J.B Priestley play 'An Inspector Calls'.Readies students for their Literature GCSE exams.Prescripted reading sections and focus questions.Key themes and ideas to consider throughout.

By mp06