Using ideas and activities already tried and tested in the classroom, this book shows practitioners how imaginative drama lessons and activities can be used to help encourage and improve children's writing, speaking and listening skills. Perfect for the person who might not be used to leading drama-based activities, this book takes a step-by step approach that will help even the most daunted teacher tackle drama with confidence. Also included are: " ideas for suitable writing and drama activities; " advice on lesson planning; " list of useful resources; " examples of children's work and teachers' comments. Class teachers, teaching assistants, literacy consultants and drama and English co-ordinators looking for practical, fun drama activities to support literacy will find all the help they need in this book.

Hot Seating

Hot seating

A character in role is put on the spot and questioned by the rest of the group. The character answers in role and may have an item of costume such as a shawl, cloak or hat to help them establish their fictional identity. The questioners may be in or out of role. Questions which explore feelings, relationships and motives rather than a heavy emphasis upon factual information seeking should be encouraged.

Example: RE: The Nativity – The Angel's Story

Literacy Links:QCAT 4B


The class have become familiar with the Nativity story and have produced their own books retelling the main events of the narrative. In order to explore different viewpoints the teacher and children take turns to hot seat one of the characters involved in ...

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