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Stage 3

These lessons are aimed towards students at the Stage 3 (Years 5-6) level of education.

In each of the lessons below, you will find links to download each PDF lesson plan with its associated resources as a complete pack (click on ‘Download Full Lesson Plan’), or just the individual resources themselves (under ‘Lesson Resources’).

Lesson Overview

Students will discuss the importance of the Acknowledgement of Country and explore the Australian First Nations geography nationally and locally. Students will learn about and discuss the First Nations Dreamtime story, The Three Brothers. Students will work collaboratively to re-enact the Dreamtime story respectfully and authentically whilst focusing on the dramatic elements of voice skills, gesture and movement.

Teacher note: This lesson focuses on a Dreamtime Story from the Birpai nation. There are different interpretations of the spelling of Birpai including Biripi, Biripi, Birippi, Birrapee, Birripai, Birripi, Bripi and Brippai. For this lesson the Birpai spelling that has been used is in line with the teaching resources provided.

*If the teacher has access to area specific stories that could be used in this lesson, these stories could be used instead of the story provided. If local stories are being used, please contact your local Land Council in order to consult with an Elder or person from a First Nations community. All Elders or knowledgeable persons sharing culture should be acknowledged for their cultural and intellectual property. This may be in the form of financial consultant payment.

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Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • take on a range of roles challenging character stereotypes, depicting empathy, different and contrasting attitudes and status
  • negotiate and sustain roles and their relationships in shaping the action
  • collaborate to convey dramatic meaning by responding abstractly to represent ideas, feelings, objects and situations
  • respond confidently with gesture, movement and voice skills to a range of scripts and other texts to structure the narrative or episodes and build on the action of the drama.

A student will learn about:

  • devise drama in collaboration with others using scripted and unscripted material as resources for drama performances
  • reflecting on drama traditions of communities and cultures in various times and places
  • recognising personal, social and cultural aspects of the human experience and incorporating them in drama works.

Lesson Overview

Students will explore the different ways humans communicate, and the variety of meanings that communication can represent. Students will use critical thinking skills to observe, analyse and develop a variety of non-verbal communicative means in a dramatic context. They will develop body awareness and create dramatic meaning through the use of movement, gesture and action.

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Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • devise drama in collaboration with others using scripted and unscripted material as resources for drama performances
  • recognise personal, social and cultural aspects of the human experience and incorporate them in drama works.

A student will learn about:

  • revising, rehearsing and acting in drama using voice and movements skills to convey meaning to an audience
  • evaluating drama performances in order to reflect upon and enhance their own drama work and work of others.

Lesson Overview

Students will explore the ways in which people use non-verbal communication and how it can be used to develop dramatic roles and scenes. Students will develop body awareness and the ability to create dramatic meaning through the use of movement, gesture and action.

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Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • devise drama in collaboration with others using scripted and unscripted material as resources for drama performances
  • recognise personal, social and cultural aspects of the human experience and incorporate them in drama works
  • interpret a dramatic context through the use of a combination of various drama forms.

A student will learn about:

  • devising, rehearsing and acting in drama using voice and movements skills to convey meaning to an audience
  • evaluating drama performances in order to reflect upon and enhance their own drama work and work of others

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to create a dramatic performance through the use of different sensory mediums. Students will continue to develop body awareness through the study and analysis of the five senses. Students will plan, develop and

» Download Full Lesson Plan

Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • devise, rehearse and act in drama using voice and movement skills to convey meaning to an audience
  • devise drama in collaboration with others using scripted and unscripted material as resources for drama performances.

A student will learn about:

  • organising space, props, costumes, artefacts, sound effects and movement sequences to help define role, place and situation to interpret and convey the meaning of the drama
  • responding confidently with gesture, movement and voice skills to a range of scripts and other texts to structure the narrative or episodes and build on the action of the drama.

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to create a dramatic performance through the use of different sensory mediums. Students will continue to develop body awareness through the analysis of the five senses. Students will plan, develop and deliver a dramatic performance that develops voice skills and abstract thinking skills.

» Download Full Lesson Plan

Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • collaborate to convey dramatic meaning by responding abstractly to represent ideas, feelings, objects and situations
  • interpret a dramatic context through the use of a combination of various drama forms
  • devise drama in collaboration with others using scripted and unscripted material as resources for drama performances.

A student will learn about:

  • organising space, props, costumes, artefacts, sound effects and movement sequences to help define role, place and situation to interpret and convey the meaning of the drama
  • devising, rehearsing and acting in drama using voice and movement skills to convey meaning to an audience
  • evaluating drama performances in order to reflect upon and enhance their own drama work and the work of others.

Lesson Overview

Students will explore a variety of dramatic roles in and out of context. Students will use critical and creative thinking skills to develop rich and insightful characters. Students will discuss preconceived ideas and assumptions they hold about others based on a diverse range of characters. Students will be able to construct real life characters through the use of voice skills, movement and gestures.

» Download Full Lesson Plan

Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • take on a range of roles challenging character stereotypes, depicting empathy, different and contrasting attitudes and status
  • negotiate and sustain roles and their relationships in shaping the action.

A student will learn about:

  • devising, rehearsing and acting in drama using voice and movement skills to convey meaning to an audience
  • responding confidently with gesture, movement and voice skills to a range of scripts and other texts to structure the narrative or episodes and build on the action of the drama.

Lesson Overview

Students will discuss how dramatic stories are created, focusing on creating tension and resolution. Students use critical and creative thinking skills to develop different characters using voice skills, movement and gesture within a specific context. Students will gain knowledge in playbuilding and script writing while building empathy by ‘walking in the shoes of another person’. Students will examine their power and responsibility in creating an inclusive community.

» Download Full Lesson Plan

Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • take on a range of roles challenging character stereotypes, depicting empathy, different and
    contrasting attitudes and status
  • negotiate and sustain roles and their relationships in shaping the action
  • interpret a dramatic context through the use of a combination of various drama forms, e.g. improvisation, movement, mime, storytelling, puppetry, mask, video drama and playbuilding
  • devise, rehearse and act in drama using voice and movement skills to convey meaning to an

A student will learn about:

  • recognising personal, social and cultural aspects of the human experience, and incorporating them in
    drama works
  • forming and communicating opinions about a range of drama works created by themselves and others
  • evaluating drama performances in order to reflect upon and enhance their own drama work and the work of others.

Lesson Overview

Students will examine and discuss the different strategies that can be used in creating an inclusive performance. Students will explore how inclusive features can be incorporated into their own performances. Students will present their final drama performance which will be used as a final assessment for the unit. This lesson is a carry on from the previous lesson ‘Script Writing’.

» Download Full Lesson Plan

Lesson Outcomes

A student will learn to:

  • respond confidently with gesture, movement and voice skills to a range of scripts and other texts to structure the narrative or episodes and build on the action of the drama.
  • interpret a dramatic context through the use of a combination of various drama forms, e.g. improvisation, movement, mime, storytelling, puppetry, mask, video drama and play building.
  • devise drama in collaboration with others using scripted and unscripted material as resources for drama performances.
  • refine and perform drama work for a greater variety of audiences, e.g. reworks and rehearses scenes which are then performed in places such as the classroom, the school hall and in spaces beyond the school environment.

A student will learn about:

  • evaluating drama performances in order to reflect upon and enhance their own drama work and the work of others.
  • organising space, props, costumes, artefacts, sound effects and movement sequences to help define role, place and situation to interpret and convey the meaning of the drama.
  • devising, rehearsing and acting in drama using voice and movement skills to convey meaning to an audience

Inclusive Learning Through Drama