High School drama lesson plans and activities

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KS3 Drama: 'Skellig' - Full Scheme (14 lessons) with all resources and powerpoints

KS3 Drama: 'Skellig' - Full Scheme (14 lessons) with all resources and powerpoints

This is a 14 lesson resource for teaching the play version of the novel 'Skellig' by David Almond. You will need a class set of this script to be able to teach this unit. All lessons have a detailed powerpoint, differentiated resources with AGT stretch and challenge. Lesson handouts and homework sheets are also provided. This lesson is suitable for Year 7 or 8 and serves as an excellent introduction to Physical theatre, surrealism, text-work and monologue. All resources are in word/ppt format, allowing for your amendments.

By corblimeyguvnor

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (a triangle puzzle)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (a triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM match the texts on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:Sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow’s eye, seal me awhile from mine own company.Lord, what fools these mortals be!If we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended, that you have but slumbered here while these visions did appear.The course of true love never did run smooth.Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity.Never harm, nor spell nor charm, come our lovely lady nigh.The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.Thus have I, Wall, my part dischargèd so. And, being done, thus Wall away doth go.Come, blade, my breast imbrue. And, farewell, friends. Thus Thisbe ends. Adieu.Hang off, thou cat, thou burr! Vile thing, let loose.In the temple, by and by, with us, these couples shall eternally be knit.The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of imagination all compact.Never anything can be amiss when simpleness and duty tender it.We cannot fight for love, as men may do; we should be wooed and were not made to woo.When in that moment, so it came to pass, Titania waked and straightway loved an ass. Sleep, that sometimes shuts up sorrow’s eye, seal me awhile from mine own company.Am not I Hermia? Are not you Lysander? I am as fair now as I was erewhile.

By Carlav

THE TEMPEST (a triangle puzzle)

THE TEMPEST (a triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied THE TEMPEST match the texts on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:Good wombs have borne bad sons.Hell is empty and all the devils are here.You taught me language, and my profit on't is, I know how to curse. But this swift business I must uneasy make, lest too light winning make the prize light. The wills above be done but I would fain die a dry death. I’ll rack thee with old cramps, fill all thy bones with aches. My library was dukedom large enough. Misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows. There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple. It was mine art, when I arrived and heard thee, that made gape the pine and let thee out. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in’t!The strongest oaths are straw to the fire i' the blood. He that dies pays all debts.Now I will believe that there are unicorns. What have we here? A man or a fish?

By Carlav

Differentiation in Drama Powerpoint

Differentiation in Drama Powerpoint

A Powerpoint with 6 slides you can use and adapt to meet the needs of your class. Split the group into 3: Group A (High ability)/ Group B (Mid ability) and Group C (Low ability). This will help an observer and help the students see themselves how they can make Good and Outstanding Progress in the lesson. Hope it's helpful!

By matthewcoe

Greek Theatre PPT and Handout

Greek Theatre PPT and Handout

A 37 Page PPT with accompanying 5 page handout for students.Covers a lots of content , including;The background to Theatre, The Great Spring Festival, The Theatre (Venues), The layout of a theatre - Orchestra, Parados, Skene, Altar, Seating, The audience, Sound effects, Special effects, Props, The Chorus, The Actors /Performers, Costumes, Masks, How plays were chosen (the Competition). Very Visual with lots of images and diagrams.A handout for students is included in the Zip folder so they can view the PPT without having to write down all content.Suitable for Junior to Senior years studying Ancient Greece or a Drama Class

By teen91113

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Bundle of playscripts linked to IPC units

Bundle of playscripts linked to IPC units

A bundle of 5 primary playscripts, which are all linked to International Primary Curriculum (IPC) units.These can be used alongside the unit's lessons, as an entry or exit point, for an assembly or as a larger class show.All scripts come complete with any associated music, sound effects, supporting resources and production notes.The IPC units covered are:*Mission to Mars*Making the News*Gateways to the World*The Time Tunnel*Let's CelebrateAs well as linking directly to these units, the scripts can also be used for general school shows and productions.

By goldtopfox

TWELFTH NIGHT (A triangle puzzle)

TWELFTH NIGHT (A triangle puzzle)

In this co-operative review activity, students who have studied TWELFTH NIGHT match the texts on the edges of sixteen triangles to reconstitute the following quotes:Oh Time, thou must untangle this, not I. It is too hard a knot for me t'untie! She did commend my yellow stockings of late, she did praise my leg, being cross-gartered.O, had I but followed the arts! Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.If music be the food of love, play on.Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.This fellow is wise enough to play the fool and to do that well craves a kind of wit. Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better. If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction. This youth that you see here I snatch'd one half out of the jaws of death. Or I am mad, or else this is a dream.I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere. One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons, a natural perspective that is and is not!

By Carlav

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

Romeo and Juliet: A Topic Overview

Romeo and Juliet: A Topic Overview

Romeo and Juliet: A Topic OverviewThis is a hand drawn overview designed to be used with William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It covers all areas of the primary curriculum and can be sued across Key Stage 2.

By ChrisWat

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Hand Drawn Topic Overviews

Hand Drawn Topic Overviews

Here are several hand drawn topic overviews for topics:Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMortal EnginesMillionsRomeo and JulietDawn Wind (The Saxons)Street Child (Victorians)The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe ( WWII)

By ChrisWat

Flash Mobs

Flash Mobs

Includes notes on Flashmobs, along with a practical assessment and theoretical assessment.

By archer25

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

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

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

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

Motif of Sleep in Macbeth

Motif of Sleep in Macbeth

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils, this adaptable resource enables pupils to recognise how sleep is used as a motif of guilt in Macbeth. Within the resource are suitable questions, extracts from the play, assessments and scaffolds that usefully support and promote independent learning.

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

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

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

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

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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Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal Program

Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal Program

This resource is for students who take USA History in GCSE and IGCSE . It shows the meaning of the program, the alphabet agencies and how it was implemented. It also shows the personalities involved both in the implementation and its opposition. It also shows how the New Deal affected citizens , industries and women. It contains pictures and video for full comprehension .

By geo_pal2000