Monday, 27 September 2010

Fairy Tales Scheme of Work (KS3, Year 8, ages 12-13 yrs)

This scheme of work covers the popular subject of Fairy Tales, with students learning the types of characters and key elements that typify the genre. The students apply their creative skills and develop a fairy tale of their own to dramatise. A number of dramatic forms are used throughout the scheme including Mantle of the Expert, Essence Machines and Voices in the Head.

This scheme of work includes two fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood and The Fox and the Wolf) and the wonderful poem 'The Dreadful Story of Pauline and the Matches'.

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Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Matchgirls

This scheme of work is inspired by the strike about working conditions in the Bryant and May match factory in London in the 1880s. The key elements - 14 hour days, poor pay, excessive fines and serious health risks - are introduced through mime and improvisation, guided by the key characters the factory foreman, Annie Besant, Mr Bryant and Mr May. Drama skills developed include Mantle of the Expert, hot-seating and symbolism.

Each lesson plan has clearly stated objectives and learning outcomes. They are structured to include introductory warm up, development and plenary sessions. A homework task is also included.

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Friday, 13 August 2010

American Civil Rights Scheme of Work

This scheme of work looks at the development of the civil rights movement in America, from slavery and its role in the civil war to the fight for equality lead by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Along the journey students use notable aspects of the movement's struggle to develop their drama skills, using split (President Lincoln's assassination), thought tapping and improvisation (The Lynching), Essence Machines (Little Rock Nine) and symbolism (Strange Fruit).

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Aboriginal Dreamtime Scheme of Work

This scheme of work explores the culture of Australian Aboriginals, drawing inspiration from their art, music, history and culture. The story of the creation is introduced, as seen through the Aborigine eyes, with students miming and developing the characters of the animals at a watering hole using a class soundscape, tableau and symbolism. The origins of Australia serve as the backdrop for a discussion about how cultures may clash, with students devising a movement piece to illustrate this. Groups then use examples of art to devise their own pieces for assessment, performed to music.

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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Twelfth Night Scheme of Work

This scheme of work introduces students to Shakespeare’s popular and accessible play. The class learns to interpret key scenes and develop their understanding by rewriting and performing them using their own words. Abridged extracts are included to help condense the play into manageable segments.