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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