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.

Thought Tracking

Thought tracking

Children speak the thoughts, feelings and emotions of characters at a given point in the drama. This is often used during or after a still image has been created.

Example: PSHE and Citizenship: Breaking the Law

PSHE and Citizenship Objectives:KS2 2b, d, f, 4a
Literacy Links:En1 2b, c, 3a, b, c, f, 4a, c, 11a; En2 2a, b, c, d, e, 12


Working in groups of three, the class create a still picture of someone their age shoplifting in the local corner shop. The three characters should be – the shoplifter, a friend of the shoplifter's family who sees the theft, the shopkeeper who is unaware of what happens. The action is frozen at the moment of the theft. All three are then thought tracked in ...

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