Howling Lodge (ages 11-12)
This scheme of work uses the backdrop of a haunted house to develop the students’ drama skills. The tale of Howling Lodge is developed with strong use of the teacher in the role of Miss Screech, a mysterious character whose past is the source of numerous village rumours. Scenes are developed using outlines and hot-seating of the teacher, as well as drawing on the imagination of the students. The scheme includes a classic ghost story, adapted for use in class, and a spooky piece of music.
This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.
- Lesson 1: Ghost Story. In this lesson the teacher reads out a ghost story and the students discuss how it can be used to create suspense and tension in a piece of drama.
- Lesson 2: Howling Lodge. Students are welcomed to a church hall meeting by Mrs Screech, owner of Howling Lodge. The class activity ‘No Turning Back’ sets the scene for their visit to the haunted house and the students are introduced to the 7 levels of tension.
- Lesson 3: The Villagers Talk. Using flashbacks, narration and dramatic pauses the students develop the tale further as the reluctant villagers begin to open up.
- Lesson 4: Lodge for Sale. The students learn to structure a piece of drama about an estate agent trying to sell the obviously haunted house to a prospective buyer.
- Lesson 5: Miss Howling on Trial. The class performs a prepared improvisation as the truth about Mrs Screech is revealed. Mrs Screech is interviewed to gather information for her trial.
- Lesson 6: Assessment. To warm up for the assessment lesson the students discuss the mood of a spooky piece of music. They then devise a movement piece to tell the full story of Howling Lodge.
Supporting materials include
- Ghost Story – Adaptation of The Grammatical Ghost
- Sign for Classroom Door
- The 7 Levels of Tension Monologue
- 1 Piece of Spooky Music
Additional resources are included in the appendices
- Basic Drama Skills Sheet
- End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form
The scheme of work is supplied as a ZIP file. It contains the scheme of work (PDF, readable on most computers) along with 1 music file (MP3 format).
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