Whichever activity has been chosen:
The pages thus produced could be used to create either an individual
or group illustration of the natural cycle of life. This will give
you an opening to develop what has already been revealed about their
approach to the subject of death. It will also provide material
for topic four Who's past it?, if you wish to use
This activity is on worksheet 5 page
17 Dead reckoning and is based on a piece of research
to be done at home over a period of a week, involving watching television
and recording deaths seen or reported. There is an opportunity here
to confront false perceptions and to differentiate from fiction
the reality of personal experience.
It could be helpful to discuss why writers of fiction use conflict
and death in their stories. Within drama these events often communicate
elements such as good and evil or right and wrong. It could be important
for the class to discern what these messages are and how they affect
individual pupils' attitudes to human life and the need to respect
Questions and other activities are developed from a case-study
of Craig, a young person whose life is in the balance, which shows
how he and his parents coped with the situation, worksheet
6 page 19 No pain, no gain.
Aspects you could discuss from such a story are:
• How important is honesty (lack of secrecy) in such matters
as life and death?
• What and who should determine how much treatment is given
to a person whose chance of continued life is low? Why?