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.

Year 6: The Spooky House

Year 6: The spooky house

Learning Objectives taken from Ros Wilson's Assessment Criteria Year 6 Planning and Exemplification Units

Teacher in Role

The teacher uses a dual role to introduce the drama.

Firstly wearing a child's baseball cap the teacher takes the role of a ten-year-old who is scared to walk past an old nearby house when its dark. People say the house is haunted. Nobody can see in through the windows of the house and the garden is overgrown with tall trees and brambles.

This strategy creates tension which immediately engages the group and provides a strong starting point.

The teacher then takes off the cap, puts on a tatty old jacket and takes the role of Jack, who lives in the house with his ...

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