Year 11 GCSE Drama Year 11 GCSE Drama Paper 1 Unit 1 Drama Exploration

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					                                          Year 11 GCSE Drama

                               Paper 1, Unit 1: Drama Exploration I

                                 ‘Extraterrestrial Life: Fact or Fiction?’

Plan                                              Time      Resources            Assessment        Portfolio
                               Stimulus #1 – Montage of global Creation myth images
            Is there any evidence to suggest extraterrestrial life was responsible for mankind’s   origin?
EXERCISE 1                                        20min Stimuli guide         AO1(i)               Task 1
PAIR WORK - BRAINSTORMING                                                     AO2(ii)              ‘Connections &
In pairs, students brainstorm the following                 Sugar paper       AO4(ii)              Comparisons’:
questions giving full justification for their                                                      Students note
ideas:                                                      Markers                                responses to
   What do the images reveal about different                                                      points.
    cultures’ beliefs regarding the creation of

   Do the images share anything in common?

   How do they differ?

Answers are recorded on sugar paper with
students initialising those ideas they were
responsible for.

SMALL GROUP WORK – RITUAL                         25min    Lighting          AO1(ii)
In groups of five, students use create a ritual            Fog machine       AO2(i)
that offers their own interpretation of how                Stereo            AO2(ii)
humanity was created.                                      CDs
In terms of content, students to consider: who             Props
was responsible?; the motivation and vision?;              Make-up
how humanity was placed on Earth?                          Staging
                                                           Sugar Paper
In terms of form, students to consider the                 Markers
whole range of mediums and elements (use of
voice, spoken language, atmosphere, lighting,
special effects, soundscape, costume, props
and make-up, space and/or levels, gesture,

PRESENTATION & EVALUATION                         25min                                            Task 3:
Group evaluate the use of mediums and                                                              Students
elements and how the other worldliness of a                                                        undertake
higher power was communicated.                                               AO4(i)                performance
                                                                             AO4(ii)               evaluation of the
                                                                                                   devised work.
                             Stimulus #2 – Historical Art depicting UFO-like objects
                              Is this evidence of UFO activity throughout history?
WHOLE GROUP DISCUSSION                            20min    Stimuli guide     AO1(i)
The whole group look at three examples of                                    AO2(i)
historic art which portray events in the Bible
relating to Christ and the Virgin Mary. In each
example, there is seemingly evidence of
strange aerial craft reminiscent of modern UFO
sightings. In two of the images the ‘UFOs’ are
releasing beams of light which could be
interpreted as directly interfering with Biblical
events. In one, ‘The Annunciation’, the Virgin
Mary is ‘beamed’ and in the other, rays of light
offer illumination for the baptism of Christ.

With specific reference to ‘The Annunciation’,                                               Task 1
students are asked the following key question:                                               ‘Connections &
   In light of this fresh information, can any                                              Students note
    ideas on how and why humanity originated                                                 responses to
    be refined?’                                                                             discussion
                                                Stimuli #3
              Newspaper Front Cover - ‘RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch In Roswell Region’
        Literary Non-Fiction – ‘Classified Secrets From The Sky’ (from ‘The Giant Book Of Conspiracies)
                              Margaret Thatcher quote – ‘You Can’t Tell The People’
            Literary Non-Fiction – ‘Possible Extraterrestrial Strategy For Earth’ (from ‘Alien Update)
                                               Ronald Reagan quote
                     Literary Non-Fiction – ‘The Real Men In Black’ (from ‘Strange Secrets’)
                             Is there evidence of a Government/Military Cover-Up?
Explain to students that the most famous of all 5min      Stimuli guide
UFO stories concerns the alleged discovery of
a crashed disc at Roswell, New Mexico.
Recount an abridged version of the Roswell
mystery – ‘The Giant Book Of Conspiracies’

STILL-IMAGE/CATION-MAKING                           20min                  AO1(ii)           Task 1
Students explore reasons as to why                                         AO2(i)            ‘Understanding
extraterrestrials might be visiting Earth.                                 AO2(ii)           via explorative
Small groups create two still images. One                                                    Students list
should depict a benign motive while the other                                                reasons as to
depicts a malevolent one. Both images should                                                 why extra-
melt into each other and both should be                                                      terrestrials might
accompanied by a caption.                                                                    be visiting Earth?


EXERCISE 6                                                                                   Task 1
WHOLE GROUP STILL IMAGE/THOUGHT-                    25min                  AO1(ii)           ‘Understanding
TRACKING                                                                   AO2(i)            via explorative
Focusing on the Majestic 12, students think for                            AO2(ii)           strategies’:
one moment about how it must feel to be in                                                   Allow time for
possession of such an awesome secret.                                                        students to
                                                                                             describe their
Individuals imagine they are one of the                                                      reaction and to
Majestic 12 and create a whole-group still-                                                  record their
image which depicts the moment at Wright-                                                    exact thoughts
Patterson Airbase when the captured                                                          at this moment.
extraterrestrial bodies were first displayed.
Teacher moves around the image. When
tapped on the shoulder, students reveal

Students are now asked to imagine they are
another member of Majestic 12 and create an
alternative reaction. Thought-tracking
proceeds when still-images established.
Students repeat process one more time. Three
alternative responses should have been

EXERCISE 7                                                                           Task 1
HOT-SEATING                                                                          ‘Understanding
Upon reading extracts from ‘The Real Men In        30min   Stimuli guide   AO1(ii)   via explorative
Black’, students conduct hot-seating in order                              AO2(i)    strategies’:
to elicit possible motivations for the UFO                                 AO2(ii)   Students list
cover-up. Volunteers take turns and each must                                        reasons of why
offer a different motive.                                                            there might be a
Provide Thatcher quote ‘You Can’t Tell The         10min   Stimuli guide
People’ and read extract from ‘Possible
Extraterrestrial Strategy for Earth’ from ‘Alien

‘If aliens showed up in force in the capital
cities of the world…panic would very likely
ensue…it would be such a shocking revelation
that it could cause economic chaos and topple
governments. The religious consequences
alone could be huge, since large masses of
people would likely begin to question the basis
of their own beliefs if an extraterrestrial
presence was confirmed. There would be a
catastrophic effect in financial markets around
the world…in history we see there are very
dire consequences in the form of massive
social changes’

Include account of positive reasons for                    Stimuli guide
disclosure. Reagan quote – ‘Just how quickly
our differences would be resolved…’ Cures,
new knowledge, solutions to War & Famine,
new consciousness

SPLIT-FOCUS                                                Spotlights
Split class into four groups A, B, C, D.           10min                   AO1(i)
Groups A & C are to shape a scene which                                    AO1(ii)
shows the negative effects of disclosure while                             AO2(i)
groups B & D portray some of the likely                                    AO2(ii)
positive effects.

EXERCISE 9                                                                           Task 3:
PRESENTATION & EVALUATION                          30min                             Students list all
WHOLE GROUP MEETING                                                                  the reasons for
View performances and then set up meeting.                                 AO1(i)    and against
Should the public be told? Reasons for and                                 AO1(ii)   disclosure.
against.                                                                   AO2(ii)
                                                    Stimulus #4
                                     Film Still – ET and Elliot touching fingers
                                 Film - Extract from M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs’
                               Images – Acts of aggression committed by mankind
                               Are crop-circles evidence of extraterrestrial contact?
EXERCISE 10                                                                             Task 3:
ROLE-PLAY                                          25min    Stimuli guide     AO2(ii)   Students to take
Teacher shows class ‘ET’ image. In pairs,                                               detailed notes on
students experiment with methods of first                                               this process.
communication between races alien to one                    Masks                       They should
another. At first, students experiment with the                                         describe their
use of masks so use of gesture becomes the                                              gestures, facial
primary means of communication. Masks are                                               expressions,
then removed giving students the use of facial                                          speech and
expression and gesture. Speech is then                                                  physicality and
introduced and finally the opportunity of                                               explain the
physical contact.                                                                       reasons behind
FORUM THEATRE                                      45min    ‘Signs’ extract   AO1(i)    Task 3:
Show extract of ‘Signs’                                     (3min 10sec)      AO1(ii)   Students make
Whole group brainstorm ideas on how an alien                                  AO2(i)    notes to explain
race might establish contact with another                                     AO2(ii)   their reasons as
civilization. Aim to come up with a minimum of                                AO4(i)    to why they
five ideas and allocate different ideas to                                    AO4(ii)   believe extra-
groups.                                                                                 terrestrials would
                                                                                        contact us in this
Each image is presented to the forum.                                                   way.


The forum analyses the images on a social,                                              Task 1
cultural and historical basis. Changes are                                              ‘Understanding
made according to the wishes of the students                                            via explorative
and re-modelled via still-images.                                                       strategies’:
                                                                                        Students make
Teacher shows group images of acts of                                                   notes throughout
aggression committed by mankind.                                                        the exercise.
                                                                                        They should
Does the presentation of this new stimulus                                              track the
force any re-evaluation of learning?                                                    progress of
How would an extraterrestrial race view this?                                           negotiations and
Is this why we are being visited?                                                       note the reasons
Are we being kept an eye on?                                                            behind any
Is it due to our likely response why no direct                                          decisions.
contact has yet been made?
What more covert methods could
extraterrestrials use to establish contact?
Are alleged alien abductions one such covert
                                                  Stimulus #5
                                           Article: ‘Alien Abduction’
EXERCISE 12                                       70min                                 Task 2
SHAPING DRAMATIC TENSION                                        ‘Alien        AO1(ii)   This exercise
Using the medium and elements of drama,                      Encounter’       AO2(ii)   forms the basis
students work together as a whole group to                     article        AO4(i)    of DEVELOPMENT
stage a drama based on abduction.                                                       section. Students
                                                                                        will get full
The focus of the exercise should be on the                                              photographic
creation of dramatic tension. It is anticipated                                         storyboard of
that students will focus on the whole medium   work produced.
and elements of drama.                         During the
PROCESS                                        record all ideas
                                               especially their

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