Friday, 18 November 2011

Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov - 6 Drama Lesson Plans

This scheme of work introduces students to three giants of drama- Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg and Anton Chekhov. There are two lessons based on each playwright. The lives and contemporary society of each of the playwrights are explored to show how these influenced their writing. Laban's 8 Efforts are also introduced to help develop the students' awareness of naturalism and movement. Drama forms taught include split scene, dramatic pause, status and symbolism. Throughout the scheme text extracts from some of their greatest works are used, combined with starter exercises which makes these accessible to the students.

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Communication Scheme of Work

This scheme of work introduces students to evolution of communication methods across various time periods, different cultures and in difficult environments. Exercises explore communication problems associated with disabilities, along with situations where miscommunication can easily occur. The subject is explored using drama forms including frozen pictures, mime, thought tap, Teacher in Role, physical theatre, mirroring, gesture and creating and maintaining a character. This fun topic is augmented with music and props to fire the imagination and creativity of the class.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Romeo and Juliet Scheme of Work

This scheme of work introduces students to Shakespeare's tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet, useing extracts of text as well as simple exercises to enable the students access to the language and the ever relevant themes. The lessons explore the relationship between the feuding families of the Montagues and the Capulets, as well as the main characters. The class will develop key Drama forms including frozen pictures, mime, aside, thought aloud, split scenes, dramatic pause, repetition of language and its rhythm and narration. Through this the students will learn how to use the language of Shakespeare and why it is still relevant to them in today's society.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Murder Mystery Scheme of Work

One night the Earl is found dead - whodunnit?

This scheme of work develops student’s ability to create characters, linking it to restoration comedy, and by adopting Stanislavski methods in a simple form to facilitate this. By developing a fun, simple story they also examine how a plot develops, with a chance to improve their improvisational skills. The lesson workshops guide them through the story of the Earl, Miles O’Naire, introducing them to various characters at a dinner party, all of whom have a motive for murder. It enables the students to develop drama techniques such as hot seating, duologue, tableau, angel and devil, split scene, dramatic pause, T.I.R, aside, status, flashbacks and creating and maintaining a character. Through practical workshops and their own independent learning, students gain an insight into how to develop tension and suspense in the form of a black comedy.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Do you need to:-

  • raise your students' attainment level?
  • prepare students for LAMDA & RADA examinations?
  • get started on your next school production?
  • develop your students' understanding of the text or develop their characters further to meet the criteria for KS4 and KS5 performance exams, both devised and scripted?
  • prepare drama students for auditions for the National Youth Theatre or for entrance to drama schools?
  • explore a topic in a more active way?
  • provide something a bit different for a themed session?
  • help direct the School Shakespeare Festival piece for the first time?
  • help support specialised areas of the curriculum?
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Melodrama Scheme of Work

This scheme of work introduces students to the genre of Melodrama. Students explore the stock characters through fun, interactive activities and then develop their knowledge and understanding through practical workshops based on the story of ‘Maria Marten - Murder in the Red Barn’. It enables the students to develop such key Drama forms as, mime, aside, split scene, hot seating and duologues. Throughout the scheme, atmosphere and mood are explored through the use of spooky music and lighting ideas. A short film clip and 7 pieces of music are included with this scheme.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Impressionist Art Scheme of Work

This scheme of work introduces students to the style of art known as Impressionism. The lesson workshops are each based on a different work of art by a well known Impressionist artist including Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Cezanne and Pissarro. It enables the students to develop such drama forms as thought tapping, role on the wall, creating and maintaining a character, hot seating, slow motion, monologue, thought aloud, dramatic pause, developing a character and narration. Throughout the scheme, imagery, lighting and observations of people are used to help develop character, plot and relationships. Through practical workshops and their own independent learning students gain an insight into their own thoughts and feelings about life and relationships and how these develop with time and age.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

WW1 Poetry Scheme of Work

This scheme of work introduces students to some of the most well known WW1 poets and their poetry. It enables the students to develop such key drama forms as mime, thought tunnel, continuum, flashbacks, slow motion, voices in the head, split scene, choral work, improvisation, thought aloud, hot seat, essence machine, dramatic pause and narration. Throughout the scheme, imagery is explored and examined, supported with a range of written tasks either done in the class or for homework and developed with lighting ideas.

Through practical workshops and personal research the students gain an insight to different perspectives of war. Assessment is a performance using Wilfred Owen's ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’.

Other poets covered include Siegfried Sassoon, John McCrae and Rupert Brooke.