Merlin The Wizard (ages 11-12)
This drama scheme of work is developed from one of the ancient stories of the legendary King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. The lessons explore the mystical characters and the plot while developing the students’ knowledge of key drama skills and implementation of these of in their own practical performances. As the scheme progresses the students develop their own interpretations of the story culminating in a filmed assessment piece with lighting and special effects.
This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.
- Lesson 1: The Legend. This lesson introduces students to magical characters through a fun wizard-themed warm-up game before exploring the story itself through spontaneous improvisation and role-play.
- Lesson 2: Creating the Story. Students learn how to create a split scene linking two moments from the beginning of the story in an imaginative way.
- Lesson 3: The Farmer and Merlin. The students improvise a mime to some narration of the first encounter between Merlin and a farmer. This is then developed into a whole class improvisation set at the market, using thought aloud, asides and thought tapping to develop the plot and the audience’s understanding of it.
- Lesson 4: Inside the Cave. Music and visualisation exercises are used to create a magical mood and atmosphere to emphasise the farmer’s wonder and surprise at finding the secret cave.
- Lesson 5: The Farmer Tells his Tale. The students retell the story as the farmer might in a local tavern using dramatic pauses and frozen pictures to highlight key moments. Through this they learn how to tell an engaging story to an audience.
- Lesson 6: Merlin the Wizard – Assessment. This lesson assesses the students own version of the story using lighting and consider special effects to emphasise key moments. The students are filmed to help with self-evaluation.
Supporting materials include
- The Sign of Carved Words
- The Story of The Wizard
- Gold Coins
- 1 Piece of Atmospheric Music
Additional resources are included in the appendices
- Basic Drama Skills
- End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form
The scheme of work is supplied as a zip file containing a PDF file, readable on most computers, and 1 piece of music (Mp3 format).
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