Phase 5 and 6 English students are studying Great Expectations as a literary adaptation in the Unit: Setting the Scene. Our initial questions focused on the life and times of Charles Dickens to understand what inspired him to write about social inequality. Obviously, the historical significance of Victorian society is distanced from the 21st century in so many ways, so we reflected on the adversities in a class discussion.
This photograph shows you a lesson where students are thinking creatively about how involved the narrator should be. The overwhelming decision was... 'very' ...'to show a connection to the acting and to keep it fast paced and realistic'. Students rejected the dramatic spotlight direction and the intensity of traditional theatre in favour of something more modern and easy to relate to. Actually, it's interesting learning what makes The Drama Process because you devise, react to stimulus, create and present. So there are many opportunities for reflection and to take on multiple perspectives.
What's next? We are going to modernise the first scene and, naturally, present it to the class.