This puzzle features simple explanations of key words used in the study of drama and film. It's a great, fun way to get students familiar with vocabulary that they must understand and be able to use when discussing drama.
There are 23 words used in the puzzle (tension, suspense, climax, script, plot, characters, setting, conclusion, resolution, expectation, surprise, theme, dialogue, acting, costumes, gesture, set, props, special effects, actions, tone, conflict, audience). My methodology is to introduce these words, explaining each using examples from film or television. To promote active learning, I then assign students the task of finding definitions for each word using their dictionaries. Then to reinforce and/or revise, use the crossword.
I've used basic (easy) explanations of the words to make this a suitable resource for younger students, or for those coming to drama for the first time.
The puzzle could be used in many ways - after or before studying a play or film, as a homework assignment, a short assessment, or as a filler on a day when you have nothing else prepared. My students love the crossword format, and don't see it as work.
A word bank is included to help students. The solution appears on the second page. Download the preview to see how the words appear in the grid.