The Mignonette (Using a historical story as a stimulus)
This scheme of work is designed to introduce students to using a variety of historical texts and facts as stimuli for drama, as well as considering the consequences of actions. At the end of the unit, students perform a whole class improvisation enacting a court trial. Links to GCSE Drama and cross-curricular links with History, Geography, English and PSHE.
The scheme encourages students to analyse character through exploratory methods, such as monologue, improvisation and tableau to successfully present a character analysed in the historical story of a shipwreck.
Each lesson in this 6 lesson plan also includes a full breakdown of practical exercises and activities and links to the true story of the mignonette as their stimulus, to aid students learning.
Full scheme of work
Lesson Objectives & Activities:
Lesson 1: To recreate the sailors first meeting. To explore the reasons for travel. To discuss the dangers faced. Activities - Warm-up Students recreate the first meeting between the sailors. Discuss the reasons they have come up with. In preparation for the next session, discuss the possible dangers that they could face.
Lesson 2: To recreate the scene on the boat after shipwreck. Activities - Warm-up Students are to recreate the scene on the boat four days into the shipwreck. They will be then presented with Dudley’s letter and write one themselves for homework.
Lesson 3: To introduce assessment. To recreate the trial of Dudley and Stephens. To prepare for the scene. Activities - Warm-up. Recreate the trial of Dudley and Stephens. Everyone will have a role in the trial and will have to prepare themselves for this. Some people will have to think of questions and some will have to prepare witness statements.
Lesson 4: To Perform the trial for assessment. Activities - Warm-up Rehearsal of statements in preparation of trial. Group to take part in improvisation for assessment.
Lesson 5: To create a scene in which a scenario could be justified by ‘mitigating circumstances’ Activities - Warm-up In small groups (no more than five) and give them each a card on which one of the circumstances is listed. To create a scene in which this scenario could be justified by ‘mitigating circumstances’
Lesson 6: To perform their scene for assessment. Activities - Warm-up Short rehearsal of scene and then performance of script to their peers for assessment and evaluation.