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The Arts (Drama)

Students experiment with viewpoints and develop a drama which asks a provocative question about young people and level crossings. Choose suitable activities from 3 differentiated lessons.

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  • Teacher notes

      Read the teacher notes first for instructions and suggested learning pathways. You can then choose to teach all 3 lessons or select a couple of activities which suit your students best.

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson 1: Managing the unsafe behaviours of young people using level crossings: bringing in ideas

      Students brainstorm everything they know about level crossings using hexagons. They make an operating level crossing using their bodies, roleplaying the passage of a train through the crossing and the level crossing’s response. They alternatively research level crossings and investigate ways people fail to interpret safety messages, role play a pedestrian waiting to use the level crossing, and draw a series of comic cells to describe risky situations.

       

      They experiment with viewpoints, creating a scenario about waiting by themselves and with others and connecting the viewpoints to actions. They develop a storyline which converts negative viewpoints into positive viewpoints, experimenting with voice, body, movement, and use of space techniques to develop their character’s viewpoint. They then present a short role play showing different characters waiting with others at a level crossing, critiquing each other’s performances.

    • Resource

      HookED Hexagon Template

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  • Lesson 2: Managing the unsafe behaviours of young people using level crossings: connecting ideas

      Students develop a compelling narrative about ‘waiting with others’ and use elements from their research to devise a 60 second drama about waiting with others at a level crossing. They do a Freeze Frame activity and use the See Think Wonder technique to further refine their script narrative.

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      Media and multimodal texts

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      HookED Describe ++ Map

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  • Lesson 3: Managing the unsafe behaviours of young people using level crossings: extending ideas

      Students develop a metaphor or analogy and/or a symbolic representation to use in their drama about young people and level crossings. They rework their 60-second drama into a longer piece exploring ways for young people to stay safe on and around level crossings.

       

      They experiment with mimed action, soundscape, narration and/or convention to build tension, belief and audience engagement. They consider staging and production techniques, then rehearse and perform their drama to the school community.

    • Resource

      HookED Analogy Map