Status and Tragedy

Status and Tragedy

Status and Tragedy (ages 13-14)

This unit of work introduces students to a range of strategies that will help them to understand how to portray status to an audience in their practical work. It examines how to use body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, heights, levels and depth. It also demonstrates how space is used to show a relationship between characters.


The scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Status. Understanding what it means and how it can be represented using body language and vocal expression.
  • Lesson 2: High And Low Status. How to give and take status using drama skills in the exercise ‘Master and Servant’.
  • Lesson 3: Using Space To Show Status In A Relationship. Improvisation of status driven scenarios culminating in a class tableaux.
  • Lesson 4: Understanding Hierarchy. The transmission of status and devising scenes to represent this.
  • Lesson 5: Assessment Preparation. Students learn how status changes in the exercise ‘Rise and Fall’.
  • Lesson 6: Assessment. Performance a piece of drama for assessment that involves the rise and fall of a central character.

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form

The document is supplied as a PDF file, readable on most computers.

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