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Exploring A Midsummer Night’s Dream Workshop

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What is this workshop about and who is it for?

In this workshop for Key Stage 3 students, we look at A Midsummer Night’s Dream, specifically using the play to generate words and phrases to use in our own writing. I can use one of three themes in this workshop:

  1. misunderstandings and arguing with friends, which focuses on the young people’s flight into the forest
  2. facing our fears, which focuses on Bottom’s transformation and the ‘rude mechanicals’
  3. the imagination, which uses Theseus’s speech in Act 5: 1 as a starting point

Why A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

This play presents several different themes that can be used as a starting point for creative work. It is one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s comedies so may be the first that young people experience. It also offers several opportunities for combining Creative Writing and Drama.

Here’s what the workshop involves:

  • Looking at some words from the play and ‘gathering them’ centrally so we have a resource to work from.
  • Trying out some of the text in pairs
  • Students create pieces of writing based on the theme we are using, with some of the words we’ve generated

After the workshop, students are encouraged to:

  • Finish a draft of their stories.
  • Write up and finish illustrating the stories.

Teachers receive a copy of the PowerPoint presentation so they can continue working on the same themes if required.

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