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.



To tell a story or part of a story to set the scene, offer information or move the drama on in time. The children either listen to the narration or enact it as it is spoken. There are times when children might narrate.

Example: Literacy: Exploring a Myth

Literacy Links:En1 2b, c, 3a, b, c, f, 4a, c, 11a


The teacher introduces the class to a myth by the following narration:

Long ago and far away there were two islands in the middle of the ocean. One of the islands was large and the other very small. There is talk that there was once a third island that has long since disappeared.

The people on the two islands are very different. The smaller islanders enjoy life and take things ...

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