This engaging and interesting lesson enables students to make clear and developed interpretations regarding Willy Russell’s use of dramatic devices throughout Blood Brothers. In particular, students define eight advanced dramatic techniques used by writers, identify these in selected extracts from the play, and analyse their effectiveness. They then apply their new understanding to their own dramatic scene.
The lesson utilises a range of tasks, that require students to be both independent and collaborative learners. It follows this learning journey:
Defining and exemplifying each of the dramatic devices;
Reading and comprehending extracts from the play, identifying and analysing Russell’s use of dramatic devices throughout;
Understanding the writer’s intentions and the anticipated audience reactions through some of the dramatic devices;
Creating revision cards demonstrating full understanding of the dramatic devices: definitions, examples, effects;
Applying their understanding of dramatic devices to their own imaginative and emotional playscript scenes;
Self-evaluating their learning in the lesson.
Included in this resource pack are:
A well-presented, thorough, and informative, whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;
Appropriate extracts from the play;
Dramatic devices cards for the card-sorting activity;
Templates for creating the revision cards;
A comprehensive teacher guidance form/lesson plan to assist delivery.
Resources are provided in both Word (for easy editing)and PDF (to prevent formatting issues between computers).
All images in this resource are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the lesson presentation.