In this lesson, students will be introduced to a stimulus for devising in the form of a poem. They will learn about narrative structures in tasks which will help them develop their own plotline in response to the stimulus.
Unit Overview: Narrative structures using poetry: Developing monologues
In this lesson, students will take one character from their plotline and develop this character, exploring drama conventions to develop characters. They will write a monologue for their character and annotate this with ideas of how to perform it. This lesson includes some physical activity. We recommend checking with a trusted adult before starting or doing the lesson with the trusted adult nearby.
In this lesson, students will develop their monologue for performance, adding in more advanced conventions and techniques. They will look at vocal and physical performance techniques and apply these to their performance, and if possible, ask someone to film them performing their monologue. They will watch their monologue back and evaluate their performance. This lesson includes some physical activity. We recommend checking with a trusted adult before starting or doing the lesson with the trusted adult nearby.
Units in Drama
- Devising from an image: Narrative approaches
- Waiting: an introduction to drama conventions
- Acting Shakespeare: Monologues from A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Practising physical and vocal skills
- Live theatre responses: Becoming a critic
- Narrative structures using poetry: Developing monologues
- Acting Shakespeare: Twelfth Night
- Posture, gesture and voice in performance
- Live theatre responses: Using social media
- Approaching text: Bringing it to life
- One text, different approaches
- The journey: a verbatim project
- Live performance responses: Evaluating stagecraft
- Understanding roles and responsibilities of the creative team
- Commedia dell'arte: an introduction
- Using Drama conventions to explore contemporary issues