Add a little drama to your English curriculum classes

  • Want help to motivate your years 7-11 English classes students? 
  • Want quick, easy to use drama-based resources?
  • Want resources that save you preparation time?
  • Want resources that are fun for your students and you?
  • Want to bring your English classes alive?

Try our one class lesson plans that contain a short play, questions and activities. Guide your students as they act out the script, answer topic questions and complete topic extension exercises.

E1 School Concert Publicity

E2 Preparing A Publicity Campaign
E3 Following Written Instructions
E4 A Sense Of Loss
E5 Comparing Different Languages
E6 Meeting Procedures
E7 Preparing An Oral Report
E8 Different Languages For Different Audiences
E9 Communicating With Pictures
E10 Persuasive Language
E11 Impact Of Visual Language On Buying
E12 Interview Body Language
E13 Interview A Journalist
E14 Interview An Electrician
E15 Preparing A Speech
E16: Listen During A Discussion
E17: Reading An Inclusive Range Of Written Texts
E18: Collect Information Using Sources And Methods
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The following lists role play module number, subject and potential curriculum strand reference.

E1 School Concert Publicity (Written Language/Writing)
The world is filled with increasing promotions and different ways of getting a message across to different people. It is important for students to understand the language of promotions and the different audiences which exist. By preparing promotional material for a school concert, students learn an essential skill for work of the future. 
E2 Preparing A Publicity Campaign (Written Language/Writing)
Following on from E1, this role play is a more complex study of the language of advertising. It introduces key aspects of a publicity/advertising campaign. In groups the students are assigned a job which will advertise the school drama production.

E3 Following Written Instructions (Written Language/Writing)
Everybody needs to learn to follow instructions, written or oral. This role play takes students through a set of instructions on how to tie up shoelaces. By studying the language of instruction, students will then know how to write or give instructions.

E4 A Sense Of Loss (Written Language/Writing)
We all know of, or have experienced ourselves, a sense of loss. By acting out situations where people's loss is talked about, students can then discuss or write about the degrees of loss and study the particular language used.

E5 Comparing Different Language (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
Discussion about a forthcoming sports game is a useful vehicle for students to compare different kinds of language in use. Extra activities encourage students to learn the difference between formal and informal language and their appropriate uses.

E6 Meeting Procedures (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
Most of us will attend at least one meeting in our lifetime. ActUp's role play of a meeting is useful for students to learn about procedures and officeholders. Further activities also encourage students to learn the language and strategies of meetings.

E7 Preparing An Oral Report (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
Being able to present an oral report to a group is a useful skill to have. This role play allows students to learn the art of oral presentation and leads to a variety of useful exercises for them to practise presenting.

E8 Different Languages For Different Audiences (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
Different radio stations present the news in different ways. This role play illustrates just how varied language can be across radio stations. Students have the chance, in further activities, to prepare a broadcast intended for a specific audience showing they have understood the variations in language use.

E9 Communicating With Pictures (Visual Language/Reading and Viewing)
In a highly visual age, being able to communicate effectively through images is a useful skill to possess. ActUp's role play introduces students to the elementary stages of design, layout and graphics presentation. Further activities encourage students to put effective presentation into practice. 
E10 Persuasive Language (Visual Language/Reading and Viewing)
This role play covers the art of persuasive language and how useful it can be in promoting an organisation, individual or group. Designing a poster becomes the focal point of the band to promote their concert. 
E11 Impact Of Visual Language on Buying (Visual Language/Reading and Viewing)
The impact of visual language on consumer buying is often underestimated. The role play illustrates just how important and influential visual language can be, on consumer buying. 
E12 Interview Body Language (Visual Language/Reading and Viewing)
Body language is an important visual means of communication. By viewing three different interview situations, students are given the opportunity to assess the importance of body language and to learn what is appropriate and inappropriate. 
E13 Interview A Journalist (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
This role play introduces an interview scenario and discusses what a journalist does, their training and how they use English language skills in their work. Based on this interview format students can research other jobs and be interviewed about them.

E14 Interview An Electrician (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
This role play introduces an interview scenario and discusses what an electrician does, their training and English language pre-requisites. Students then research other jobs which have English qualifications pre-requisites and be interviewed about them.

E15 Preparing A Speech (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
Friend One has to prepare a speech on catching the bus. Although it may seem easy One wants help and so checks in with friends to get suggestions on content, presentation and delivery.

E16 Listen During A Discussion (Oral Language/Speaking and Listening)
A character in the roleplay has to produce a CV as part of a class. The character's friends listen and then decide to offer helpful hints as to the content and layout of the CV.

E17 Reading An Inclusive Range Of Written Texts (Written Language)
Character One is recording a reading log of different types of texts that they are reading. One mentions this to a group of friends who are immediately interested and offer suggestions to expand this reading log. 
E18: Collect Information Using A Range Of Sources And Methods (All strands)   
Friend One has to develop and write a research project outline. Not knowing where to start or what to do One checks in with a group of friends and asks for ideas and suggestions on what to do.

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