Topic 2 Year 8 Performing Arts - Drama 

Topic  Performing Shakespeare 
No of lessons 
When is it happening  Term 2 Year 8
What will students learn Students will develop an understanding of some of the plays of Shakespeare and the language.  Students will be given the opportunity to perform extracts from a chosen play making considerations for how technical elements can enhance a performance.  Students will learn the relevance of Shakespearian themes/storylines within current modern day and bring those to life in an engaging professional way.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic 

The language that Shakespeare used is still very much a part of our language today.  Students will compare the storylines to Soap Operas to see how similar the styles are in regards to themes and relationships.  Students explore text translations in order to gain a better understanding of what is being communicated within the dialogue between characters/in scenes.  

Students will also learn about production elements such as sound and lighting to create mood and atmosphere within a performance.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students will use their current knowledge of how to convey emotions through the use of voice and body language and will be able to discuss how they are using these to communicate an old language of the time.
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic Speaking the language - students will be encouraged to practically participate on the basis that Shakespeare's plays were written to be performed/played out.  Students will explore the tone of the voice particularly in delivering insults to gain understanding of the importance of how we use our voices to communicate meaning.  Creating environments in an abstract way will be taught through exploration of soundscapes, students will be able to demonstrate a soundscape within an extract from The Tempest.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Through exploration of a variety of Shakespearean plays students will begin to develop their performance style as they become more comfortable with the delivery and understanding of the plays dialogue.  Students will be able to inject energy into their delivery so that it does not become monotonous but has clear characters and emotions whilst demonstrating relationships and making considerations for production elements
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Cue, Dialogue, Proxemics, Soundscape, Prologue, Ensemble, Action.
The Big Question  Why is the work of Shakespeare still relevant today?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'

What similarities do Shakespeare plays have with Soap Operas?
What is meant by ensemble skills?
What is Choral speaking?
What is a soundscape used for?
How do we show relationships in performance?
How do we use lighting to enhance a performance?
How do you effectively learn lines?
What makes a Shakespearian performance appeal to an audience?