This scheme of work introduces students to the exciting and highly creative field of improvisation. Through a series of fun games and exercises pupils develop their improvisational and listening skills and their ability to avoid blocking. The games are designed to help break down any barriers and enable the students to enjoy their journey and the process. A range of stimuli also enable the students to develop their ability to respond. Students will also learn about the difference between spontaneous, prepared and polished improvisation. Other key drama forms explored along the way are mime, narration, duologues and basic level Forum Theatre.
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.
This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.
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An ancient take on comedy, tragedy and pantomime (Grade 7)
One night over dinner the Earl is found dead. A classic - whodunnit? (Grade 7)
Learn to think quickly and creatively with an Olympian improv finale (Grade 7)
Victorian stage fun, stock characters and villainous intent (Grade 7)
Exploring classic storytelling, stock characters and key elements (Grade 7)
Improvised comedy using stock characters and masks (Grade 7)
Understanding the plight of the homeless and their families (Grade 7)
Greek tragedy with Theseus, Ariadne and a labyrinth (Grade 7)
Drama inspired by Aboriginal Dreamtime art and music (Grade 7)
Shakespeare introduction with Olivia, Viola and Malvolio (Grade 7)
Creating characters using props, improvisation and text (Grade 7)
Using music to create tension, mood and atmosphere (Grade 7)