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  1. Stage 3
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Drama: Stories on Screen
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Drama: Stories on Screen

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:


Description of activity

Students work collaboratively to create a video drama of 2–3 minutes using a picture book as a stimulus.

  1. In small groups, students select a picture book that they think will translate well to the visual media.
  2. Each group then works collaboratively to create a video drama of their picture book, including a storyboard and a script and/or shot list for filming.
  3. Students prepare and rehearse their performance.
  4. They select appropriate locations, costuming and music for their performance.
  5. Students perform and record their video drama.

The suggested time for this activity is 6–8 lessons (with additional time if editing is included).

Board of Studies NSW, Creative Arts K–6 Syllabus, pp 96–99.

Suggested materials

Picture books, props and costume items, music and sound effects, video camera

Prior learning

Students have been studying picture books in English. They have devised various forms of drama in small groups, have used the elements of drama to shape dramatic meaning, and have adopted and sustained familiar roles. Students are familiar with video drama and some simple film language, techniques and equipment.


Making (DRAS3.1)
Develops a range of in-depth and sustained roles.
Making (DRAS3.2)
Interprets and conveys dramatic meaning by using the elements of drama and a range of movement and voice skills in a variety of drama forms.
Performing (DRAS3.3)
Devises, acts and rehearses drama for performance to an audience.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • collaboration with others to develop a performance for a video drama
  • development and sustaining of a role
  • use of voice and movement skills to convey meaning
  • use of the elements of drama such as time, space, focus, mood and tension.
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