Drama is a fantastic tool for learning across the curriculum. It is a fun way to embed learning about a range of topics; and it brings a host of benefits including building confidence, developing language and communication skills, encouraging cooperation, developing emotional intelligence, inspiring creative thinking, and the list goes on! This is the second of three Skills not Frills videos giving teachers ideas and tips for using drama in the classroom. See Drama #1.
Variation 1 – Use key vocabulary related to a location or them to help learners memorise it, e.g. a castle.
Variation 2 – Re-create a freeze frame from a story or scene, helping learners to sequence the events.
Variation 3 – Focus on a set of appropriate adjectives, verbs, or adverbs related to your theme or characters, extending your learners’ understanding and confidence to use ambitious and descriptive words in their writing later.
Introduce difficult language through Shakespeare- which is full of insults! Getting students to hear and repeat complex language before they see it written down will help them to explore it and feel ownership of it. Warning- This will certainly challenge your learners on the importance of fair play and healthy competition!
Variation – How about having a ‘Wow word off’ with ambitious adjectives/ verbs/ adverbs inserted into highly descriptive sentences! Divide the class into mixed ability groups and provide some examples to begin the process, then encourage your learners to devise their own imaginative and highly descriptive phrases designed to either insult the other team, or impress them immensely!
LINKS: More games to try with your pupils
Find a list of Shakespeare insults here.
This is part of a series of 15 ‘Skills not Frills’ videos and resource sheets, created with the help of A2:Connect Arts Champions. Arts Champions are teachers who work with us to share their practice and expertise with other schools/teachers in the region.
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