The popularity of the TV show Glee or the film musicals like Les Misérables and Fame shows us that the world of the theatre and acting has become an exciting talking point for our students. Why not experiment with it in the classroom?
As Robert Campbell mentioned in his interview, we, teachers always use drama techniques in the classroom, and we know that using more role plays and dramatisation can help our students with speaking performance, communication skills and confidence.
The Green Room by Robert Campbell does not only tell us an exciting story of four teenagers in a summer theatre school but it also offers great discusson points, vocabulary development exercises and theatre and art workshop opportunities. After reading the story and completing some of these exercises your class might feel insprired enough to put on a mini play in your school.
Role plays and dramatisation
- Download our The Green Room and Shakespeare worksheet and have fun with Shakespeare. You will see an extract from Act V Scene I from the Twelfth Night. In the notes section you can ’translate’ the text into modern English and then perform the act in class.
- On pages 49 and 50 in the reader you will find a scene in which the main characters introduce themselves on stage. You can recreate this scene in your classroom. Use the whiteboard as the background and set up a temporary stage in the front of the classroom. Really creative students can design sketches and you can even ask your students to dress up for the scene.
1 Reflection boxes in the reader.
Point out these reflection boxes in the reader and encourage your students to stop and think about the questions. They can also discuss the questions in class before or after a reading session.
2 Here are some more discussion points.
- Friendship and trust
- Lying and mistakes
- Pretending to be someone else
3 Talk about modern adaptations.
Ask your students how they feel about them and why they think modern adaptations are important.
4 Talk about literature.
In the story there is a play within the play, discuss how the author uses this technique in the story. Ask your class if they know about any other film, play or book where the author used this technique.
5 People behind the scenes.
Talk about the significance of the job of the set designer, the costume designer and the director.
The Before and After Reading activities will offer you plenty of activities based on the reader. When you have finished reading the book, choose a chapter and ask your students to work in pair of groups and find all the words related to the world of the theatre.
Download our sample pages from and audio clip here. Remember that you can always use a projector or an IWB to try the sample pages in class.
1 Follow this link for more worksheets to use with the reader:
- Project: Twelfth Night, download an extract from Act V, Scene 1
- Skills Cambridge English: PET Speaking Test worksheet
- Exit Test
2 Visit the Helbling e-zone educational platform for more interactive activities based on the reader.
3 For more ideas on using drama techniques in the classroom, check out Get on Stage!, our photocopiable resource book with 21 sketches and plays for young learners and teens.
- Get on Stage! by Herbert Puchta, Günter Gerngross, Matthew Devitt