This scheme of work explores the genre of silent movies. It enables the students to develop their key drama forms, in particular mime, body language, facial expressions and the need to exaggerate them to help create physical or slapstick comedy. It is supported with a number of entertaining musical clips as well as a classic film extract. For assessment students devise their own silent movie scene using the techniques and skills learned.
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.
A desk-based cover lesson is included in the package based on a 2 page handout. The aim is to provide thematic continuity in the event of drama teacher absence.
This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.
Supporting materials include
Additional resources are included in the appendices
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) and 1 video file (MP4 format).
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