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drama activity: individual purpose (continued)

to the teacher

The following drama exercises illustrate the themes of motivation and purpose in individual activity and group interaction which are considered throughout this module. They can be used as needed to complement the worksheets for topics two and five particularly.

topic development

1. motivation - related to topic two

The points which need to be drawn out as the following exercises proceed are:
• How does the motivation of the person affect the way he/she does the simple moves given?
• What difference is there when there are more people on stage? What happens? Why?
• Which motives can be identified as positive/constructive and which as destructive? Which are able to make others more at ease or happier and which pull others down and make the atmosphere worse?

Place a chair in the centre of the 'stage' area. Choose a confident pupil to come up and give her/him directions to go from the left of the 'stage' to sit on the chair centre. Then to get up and go to an imaginary window on the right of the 'stage'.

Having done the moves as directed by you, whisper one of the motives from a to him/her. The moves should then be repeated showing that motivation. Other pupils could be asked to do the same moves with different motivations from list a.

a) you are bored; you are curious; you are eager; you are excited; you are worried; you are feeling lazy; you are determined.
b) you want to show you care; you are being patient; you are jealous; you want to be helpful; you are feeling spiteful; you are being selfish; you are angry.


From now on the pupils can be directed by each other as you demonstrated, giving only two moves at a time. They may need motive suggestions from you to start with but will soon be able to suggest their own.

When they understand what is expected you can involve more than one person on stage at a time hut keeping one 'director' for each group. At this point use the phrases from b as relationships are bound to develop. Sometimes the people on stage can have the same motives as each other and at other times different ones. Note with the class what difference this makes.

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