The Monkey King

The Monkey King

The Monkey King (ages 11-12)

This scheme of work uses a number of different drama forms to explore the legend of The Monkey King, a popular story in Chinese culture and mythology. Students will learn how to choreograph movement and portray characters and spiritual concepts. It includes a number of musical pieces which can be used to provide atmosphere to the student’s performances.


The scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Birth of The Monkey King. Mime and role-play along to the story ‘Legend of the Monkey King’.
  • Lesson 2: Martial Arts and Immortality. Choreographing movement using the Shaolin 5 animals and the warm up exercise ‘The Horse Position’.
  • Lesson 3: Chaos of The Monkey King. Students perform a whole class movement piece, filmed to music.
  • Lesson 4: The Monk’s Journey (Part 1). Use of multiple drama techniques to portray a physical and spiritual journey.
  • Lesson 5: The Monk’s Journey (Part 2). Devising and performing character-based scenes based on the story of ‘The Pig King’.
  • Lesson 6: The Monkey King Assessment. Students perform in a practical assessment based on the legend of the Monkey King.

Supporting materials include

  • The Legend of the Monkey King (Parts 1-3)
  • The Pig King
  • 4 pieces of oriental music to create atmosphere during activities

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. It contains the scheme of work (PDF, readable on most computers) along with 4 music files (MP3 format).


More Lesson Plans

Drama inspired by the tale of a metropolis under siege! (Year 7)

Active unit featuring the lost boys, Captain Hook and a ticking crocodile. (Year 7)

Entertaining stock characters with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Year 7)

From cave paintings, flags and flashlights to the telephone (Year 7)

Using bullying issues as a backdrop for drama education (Year 7)

Drama scheme set on that fateful night to remember in 1912 (Year 7)

Creating drama using social and economic issues and tensions (Year 7)

Character development using the traditional Chinese legend (Year 7)

The Tortoise and the Hare and the origins of the Olympics (Year 7)

Introducing facial expressions, gestures and body language (Year 7)

Physical drama based on the tales of Pirates and lost treasure (Year 7)

Spend a night at the spooky, haunted house of Miss Screech (Year 7)

Drama based on the issues and experiences faced by refugees (Year 7)

Learn mime using the magic of Charlie Chaplin and The Kid (Year 7)

Introducing new students to a range of drama techniques (Year 7)

Mysterious new neighbours, clashing cultures, alienation and bullying (Year 7)

Magical drama unit inspired by the legendary Arthurian wizard (Year 7)

Longboats, Norse Gods and the Ride of the Valkyries (Year 7)

This entry was posted in . Bookmark the permalink.