Year 10 English role-plays

Many of the Year 10 students have leapt into assessment mode in Term 3 English, composing and presenting role-plays based on any of the texts studied thus far in the pre-IB English course – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa,  The Pedestrian,  and A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury, Coco by Guy de Maupassant, or To Build a Fire by Jack London.  The task required the students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the texts while highlighting the author’s purpose.  Some classes have also been combined to view performances, allowing the students to share their dramatic interpretations, and develop new perspectives and further appreciation of the texts. The English teachers have been impressed by the high levels of creativity demonstrated by this Year 10 cohort.

Congratulations to all of our Year 10 students on their successful creative pieces.

“On Thursday 26 July, at precisely 8:30 AM, a class of 27 anxious Year 10 English students entered the classroom. These students had only one thing in mind, the role-play. Over the past week, these groups had worked tirelessly to prepare a creative piece based off one of the texts studied in the past semester. They were asked to create a script lasting three to four minutes in addition to a rationale that explained the link between their performance and the original text. Scripts had been written, edited, and then rewritten. Lines had been learned, practised, and now, it was time to perform.

After last minute line changes were made and makeshift props were put together, the time had come. The students took a seat. Our teacher made her way to the front of the room. The space was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop; and before anyone knew it the first group had been selected.

This process was repeated for the entirety of the lesson and by the end of the lesson every group had a chance to “take to the stage.” Looking back on the past week, I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this experience. Being able to get my “creative juices” flowing and thinking outside of the box was initially a challenge, but something I ended up having a lot of fun with as the week progressed. Although all the groups were nervous to perform, every group put together a fascinating piece, showing each text from a new and interesting angle. Being able to see how each group interpreted the novels and short stories differently definitely changed my view on these works, giving me a more holistic point of view on these pieces of literature. Overall, I have found this experience to be a very enjoyable one and something that I think future Year 10 students will certainly enjoy as well.”
Aidan Luchs, Yr 10.

Mrs Julie Bertwistle
English Faculty