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.

The Key

The key

Objective: To write a story with a focus from the N.C. level descriptors:

Level 3:Encourage writing which is structured, imaginative and clear.
Level 4:Sustained ideas should be developed interestingly and organised effectively to reader's purpose.

Drama Activity

Ask children to close eyes and create a mind picture while teacher talks through a morning's events. Tell pupils to imagine they are waking up in the morning. Ask them to think about several questions, for example, what day of the week is it? Is the sun shining? What time of year is it?

Ask the children to open their eyes and drop a letter on the floor. Tell them to imagine it is addressed to them and it has just been posted through their letter box. Open the envelope ...

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