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.

Caption Making

Caption making

Adding a title to a still image. Children create the title verbally or in written form. They can create a headline imagining the image as a newspaper photograph or a name if it's a painting or sculpture.

Example: History: Second World War – The Blitz

History Links:KS2 4a, b, 5c, 8a, 11b
Literacy Links:En1 2a, 4a, b, c, 11a; Enc3 1a, 9a, 10, 11


The drama focuses on the moment people leave the safety of an air raid shelter to discover that their house has been destroyed by bombing. They do this by creating a still image in small groups and adding their thoughts through thought tracking.

Written Work

  • Ask each group to do a written version of their verbal caption.
  • Discuss these as a whole class.
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