Improvisation (ages 12-13)

This scheme of work introduces students to the exciting and highly creative field of improvisation. Through a series of fun games and exercises pupils develop their improvisational and listening skills and their ability to avoid blocking. The games are designed to help break down any barriers and enable the students to enjoy their journey and the process. A range of stimuli also enable the students to develop their ability to respond. Students will also learn about the difference between spontaneous, prepared and polished improvisation. Other key drama forms explored along the way are mime, narration, duologues and basic level Forum Theatre.

This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Hesitation & Blocking. This introductory lesson breaks the ice with the traditional ‘Zip, Zap, Boing’ game. Students then develop a story by responding rapidly to each others ideas, before responding in mime.
  • Lesson 2: The Ability to Think Quickly. This lesson starts with the very entertaining wild west themed game of ‘Bang!’ Duologues are then created set in a variety of different locations. This is then made more challenging by limiting the students way of responding using the ‘A, B, C’ exercise.
  • Lesson 3: Scenarios. ‘Sitting, Standing, Leaning’ is used to break the ice followed by a series of scenarios set in a wide range of locations and requiring a range of response levels are then explored.
  • Lesson 4: Spontaneous, Prepared and Polished Improvisation. Students using their imaginations, respond to an object, and then using their own choice of object the teacher leads them through difference in types of improvisation.
  • Lesson 5: Improvisation Olympics. ‘What, Where, When?’ is an entertaining activity used to challenge the students ability to respond to dialogue. Basic Forum Theatre is then used to add a competitive element to improvisation as two teams compete against each other in Improvisation Olympics!
  • Lesson 6: Improvisation Assessment. The students’ ability to respond with dialogue quickly is assessed using a variety of different characters set in different locations. ‘Worlds Worst’ is used to warm the students up ready for their unplanned assessment piece.

Supporting materials include

  • Story Sheet
  • Cut-out ring
  • Scenario Cards

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form

The scheme of work is supplied as a PDF file, readable on most computers.

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