Using drama to explore modern fiction – Rhinegold Publishing

Using drama to explore modern fiction


With the subject of drama coming under more and more scrutiny to justify its existence in the curriculum, it is becoming increasingly important to find ways of demonstrating the subject’s status and impact on students’ learning as a whole. This scheme of work supports the English curriculum by exploring through drama a text that the students are reading and studying in their English lessons. This is a scheme of work that has been developed over time and helps to build on the students’ knowledge and understanding of a book during their drama lessons, ready for their English lessons.

Parents really love the scheme because they value anything that will help their child improve their English. SLT and English departments love the scheme too for much the same reason! The students enjoy it and it’s also fun to teach.

It doesn’t matter what the text is, as the scheme of work can easily be adapted to suit it; however it’s been used to explore Private Peaceful, Skellig, Holes, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Al Capone Does My Shirts all without any adaptation. The scheme of work also employs Flipped Learning principles to delivering the Drama content so that more of the lesson can be given over to practical work without sacrificing the learning of Drama skills.

Learning objectives
By the end of this scheme, students will have obtained:
  • An understanding of the plot, the key characters and the relationships in the book they are reading in English
  • A thorough understanding of the key characters in that book
  • An understanding of the themes of the book
  • An understanding of still images and how to use them effectively in performance to communicate a storyline to an audience
  • An understanding of a role on the wall and how its use can help actors improve their performance
  • An understanding of the concept of tension and how to create it in a performance
  • An understanding of the concept of thought tracking to explore a character and enhance a performance
  • An understanding of how to use good/bad conscience theatre to present two opposing arguments in a conflict
  • An understanding of how to approach a stimulus and create ideas for a performance
  • An understanding of how body language can be used to communicate a character to an audience.
Number of lessons: 6

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