Rainforest (ages 11-12)

This unit of work uses the situation in the South American rain forest to examine the how people cooperate and communicate and how organisations contribute to society socially and economically. It explores the issues surrounding the economy of the local area, how it is governed and how the local communities feel about the situation. It looks at the impact that decisions have on the environment. Students will need to use their creative skills to develop a drama piece and build the confidence to perform it.

The scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Animals And The Environment (Co-operation). Practice mime and soundcapes, along with the warm-up activity ‘The Jungle Game’.
  • Lesson 2: Politicians And Policies (Communication). Use improvisation and frozen pictures to develop characters in the activity ‘Political Groups’.
  • Lesson 3: Amnesty International (Contribution). Using drama to understand characters and how they negotiate, along with the warm-up activity ‘Raising Ghosts’.
  • Lesson 4: Economic Issues (Capital Gain). Spontaneous improvisation portraying conflicting interests at a town hall protest.
  • Lesson 5: Assessment Preparation (Creativity). Devising a news report using three key drama skills based on what they have learned about the rain forest.
  • Lesson 6: Assessment Performance (Confidence). Students are filmed and assessed on their ability to perform a polished piece of drama.

Supporting Materials include

  • Category Cards
  • Skill Cards
  • News Theme Music
  • *New*Cover lesson handout

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment

The document is supplied as a ZIP file. It contains the scheme of work (PDF, readable on most computers) along with 1 music file (MP3 format).

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