The Monkey King
The Monkey King Teaching Unit

The Monkey King

Drama Teaching Unit for 6th Grade (6 Lesson Plans)

This teaching unit uses a number of different drama forms to explore the legend of The Monkey King, a popular story in Chinese culture and mythology. Students will learn how to choreograph movement and portray characters and spiritual concepts. It includes a number of musical pieces which can be used to provide atmosphere to the student's performances.

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

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The scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Birth of The Monkey King
    Mime and role-play along to the story ‘Legend of the Monkey King’.
  • Lesson 2: Martial Arts and Immortality
    Choreographing movement using the Shaolin 5 animals and the warm up exercise ‘The Horse Position’.
  • Lesson 3: Chaos of The Monkey King
    Students perform a whole class movement piece, filmed to music.
  • Lesson 4: The Monk's Journey (Part 1)
    Use of multiple drama techniques to portray a physical and spiritual journey.
  • Lesson 5: The Monk's Journey (Part 2)
    Devising and performing character-based scenes based on the story of ‘The Pig King’.
  • Lesson 6: The Monkey King Assessment
    Students perform in a practical assessment based on the legend of the Monkey King.

Supporting materials include

  • The Legend of the Monkey King (Parts 1-3)
  • The Pig King
  • 4 pieces of oriental music to create atmosphere during activities

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form

The scheme of work is supplied as a ZIP file. It contains the scheme of work (PDF, readable on most computers) along with 4 music files (MP3 format).