Teacher guide Be on the Safe Side Year 9-10 The Arts (Drama)

TLF ID M019252

This is a unit of work that uses the rail network to explore the characters, situations, viewpoints and actions that occur in this setting; there is a focus on how to behave safely on and around the rail network. Learning opportunities include scripting, performing and revising a drama performance as well exploration of the use of body, voice, movement and space to strengthen performance. The resource includes: teacher notes, three learning experiences, three resources, teacher and student assessment, information for parents and carers and a number of links to videos and websites that act as prompts for learning.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a highly useful resource for the year 9 and 10 The Arts Drama curriculum. It is relevant for five content descriptions and is particularly useful for the content descriptions referring to: improvising with narrative structure when developing ideas and exploring subtext; manipulating drama elements to develop physical and psychological aspects of characters; refining the expressive capacity of voice and movement to communicate ideas and action. Learning experience 1 of the resource involves students in developing characters by exploring provocative questions, describing different viewpoints, exploring behaviour at rail network settings and experimenting with body, voice and movement.
  • The resource is also very useful for the content descriptions referring to: structuring drama to engage an audience through manipulation of dramatic action, forms and performance styles; and performing devised and scripted drama making artistic choices and shaping design elements to unify dramatic meaning for an audience. Learning experiences 2 and 3 of the resource involve students in using different conventions and techniques to develop a script about waiting at a rail level crossing. Students revise and strengthen their script by considering where metaphors and symbols could be used and then perform for an audience.
  • The learning experiences within the resource are designed sequentially to enable students to explore, build on and demonstrate their knowledge of using body, voice, movement and space to dramatise a situation at a rail level crossing. Students explore provocative questions, characters, settings, viewpoints and actions.
  • This resource is also extremely valuable for supporting the Victorian Curriculum for The Arts in years 9 and 10, it addresses all of the content descriptions within the Explore and Express Ideas, Drama Practices and Present and Perform strands. Students are challenged to examine behavours around level crossings by improvising a scenario and critiquing others' performances. They then refine this to create a 60 second drama. Finally they plan, rehearse and perform a longer piece to encourage safety around level crossings, using deliberate choices for the techniques they use and with consideration to their intended audience.
Year level

9; 10

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