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Drama workshop based on Homelessness

Homeless

Whole group discussion: As a whole group discuss the reasons people are homeless.

 

Group Work:Then in groups of four or five  choose one of the reason you all agree on and make a still image of that reason. Each group creates their still image for the other groups who must work out their reason for homelessness.

 

Go back into groups and complete the following sentences

Homelessness is ……………

Homelessness feels like ……………..

Homelessness smells like ……………….

Homelessness looks like…………….

Homelessness sounds like ………………….

Homelessnes tastes like ……………………….

 

Each group reads out their sentences when they are finished.

 

Sculpting: Everyone thinks of a waord related to homelessness. They walk around the room and when they are tapped on the shoulder they call out their word and sculpt their body into a shape that they feel best represents that word and they freeze. Eventually the whole class will be in a sculpt.

 

Eviction:

The students get into groups again and each group gets a copy of the following list:

Photos

Clothes

Money

Ipod

Phone

Xbox

Musical Instrument

Important documents (passport, id, driving licence etc..,)

Laptop

Jewelery

Toys

Food

Books

Wallet

Pet

They have been evicted from their house and they have five minutes to leave. They must think of what items they would take with them. They must put the above items in order of importance. 1 is the most essential and 15 is the least important.

 

Group work: Each group most brainstorm all the fairytales, legends and fables that have homelessness in them. They choose one and they act out a short scene from their chosen story. The other group have to decipher what story they are representing.

 

Hotseatting: Each character is asked questions by the group and they have to answer them in character.

 

Monologue: Each student performs a monologue in character explaining why they have become homeless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Action Poems for Young Children

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Action Poems

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears (Walk on the spot).
Oh, what did her blue eyes see? (Point to their eyes)

A bowl that was huge and a bowl that was small
And a bowl that was tiny and that was all (Make increasingly smaller shapes with arms for each bowl).
And she counted them – one, two, three (Use finger to point as if counting each bowl).

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears (Walk on the spot).
Oh, what did her blue eyes see? (Point to eyes).

A chair that was huge and a chair that was small
And a chair that was tiny and that was all (Use hands to show the increasingly smaller height and size of each chair)
And she counted them – one, two, three (Use finger to point as if counting each chair).

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears (Walk on the spot).
Oh, what did her blue eyes see? (Point to eyes).

A bed that was huge and a bed that was small
And a bed that was tiny and that was all (Use hands to show the increasingly smaller length and size of each bed).

And she counted them – one, two, three

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears (Walk on the spot).
Oh, what did her blue eyes see? (Point to eyes).

A bear that was huge and a bear that was small
And a bear that was tiny and that was all ((Use hands to show the increasingly smaller height and size of each bear).

 

There was a princess long ago, long ago, long ago, there was a princess long ago, long long ago.

There was a princess long ago, long ago, long ago, there was a princess long ago, long long ago. (In a circle everyone curtsy/bow and the  princess  is in the middle dancing).

And she lived in a big high tower, a high tower, high tower, she lived in a biigh high tower long ago, long, long ago. (put hands in “triangle” shape to make tower, princess still dances).

A wicked fairy cast a spell, cast a spell, cast a spell, cast spell. A wicked fairy cast a spell long ago, long, long ago. (Fairy chases princess about, then taps her head as casting a spell. Everyone in the circle cast spell with “wands”).

The princess slept for a hundred years etc

(Princess lies in middle of circle sleeping everyone puts head on hands as sleeping action).

A great big forest grew around etc (cross arms and hold )

A handsome prince came riding by etc (Prince runs/gallops round circle and everyone  gallops on the spot)

He took his sword and cut the trees etc (prince chops trees with arm everyone  pretend to cut treess with their arms)

He woke the princess with a kiss etc (Prince gives the princess a kiss on head/cheek/lips everyone blow kisses0

The wedding bells go ding dang ding etc (All with hands pretend to ring bells; prince and princess dance in middle)

And every bodys happy now etc (All happy, clapping, dancing, jumping etc).

For more Mime and Movement ideas buy Drama Start Two Drama Activities and Plays for Children or Movement Start.

 

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