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Indian Ink Lessons

Richard Gent | Friday October 07, 2016

Categories: KS5 Resources, KS5 Literature, Drama, Indian Ink

Sample Lesson Plan One

In this lesson we will look at the scene below from Act One.

The learning objective is to develop our understanding of the ways in which the characters are developed by the interactions between them and how they and their relationship has developed by the end of the extract.

  • We will then go on and consider which of the play's major themes are broached here.
  • By the end we should be able to answer the question: ‘how important is this scene in developing the tone, mood and ideas of the play?
  • As part of your preparation you should have looked again and in detail at the text.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the narrative and the stages by which the characters are introduced.

Print this pdf for your students to work on

Starter Activity

Working in pairs look at the opening exchange between Mrs. Swan and Pike.

  • Remind yourselves of the full story of the Modigliani nude (the scene with Pike and Dilip in Act Two).
  • What exactly is Mrs. Swan’s tone of voice when she says ‘Yes, isn’t that bad luck?’
  • How would you describe Eleanor Swan’s attitude to Art and the paintings she refers to? Give two or three examples of what she says and the way in which she says it.
  • How do Pike’s words and actions contrast with Mrs. Swan’s?
  • Discuss these ideas with the class as a whole and make sure you agree with and understand…

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