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Merry Ghristmas,Scene I .............. 4

Song : Ghristmas is Goming! 10

M e r r y C h r i stma s,S ce n e 2 .............. tl

Song : lt's Christmas Time 18

M e r r y G h r i stma s,S ce n e 3 ............... 20

Song: Get Ready! 26

ilferry Ghristmas,Scene 4 ............... 28

S o n g : W e Wi sh Y o u A Me rry Gh ristm as..,............ p 34

Activities n
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Suggestions for Staging p 49


Howto Stagethe Play p 49
Scriptand GeneralStageDirections p 50
Props P' 56
Scenery p. 56
SetArrangement p
Costumes p 58
DramaActivities p 59

Word List' p, 62
Introduction
Christmas-time is a series of graded readers which is aimed at young learners between the ages of
6 and 10. The series helps students to develop their knowledge of the English language through
enjoyable stories about the spirit of Christmas from all over the world. The series also provides further
practice activities in the language presented in each story. Therefore, it is suitable for use as a
supplement to most primary courses and in all teaching situations.

The books are especially designed to motivate young learners of English as a foreign language and
encourage them to take an active interest in the language. Each story can easily be turned into a play
for a class production. These plays offer parts to learners of different abilities and are therefore suitable
for all primary classes.

The series has three key levels:


Primary Stage 1 Primary Stage 2 Primary Stage 3

The stories are written in rhyme for Primary Stages 1 and 2, as learners aged 6 to 9 tend to find it
much easier and more enjoyable to read and learn language in rhyme; Primary Stage 3 has been
written in prose, as learners at this stage should be exposed to everyday speech patterns. Each story is
accompanied by a fully-dramatised recording , so that even learners who use the series outside the
classroom can benefit from exposure to the correct pronunciation and intonation of the English language.
In addition, they will gain a better understanding of the language in context.

Christmas-time Primary Stage 1 is the first stage of the series. It is designed for children between
the ages of 6 and 8 who have completed between 30 and 40 hours of English language learning.

Components:
Pupil's Book
Teacher's Edition
Audio CD / Cassette

The Pupil's Book is divided into five main sections:


The story itself is presented in double-page spreads and is accompanied by a picture dictionary
for each spread, which presents the core vocabulary used.
Activities for further practice of the language learned throughout the story. These are clearly
indicated in the main story through child-friendly signposting.
A song after each scene in the story related to the main topiC.
A script and a list of props for the production of the story as a play. This will activate the students'
passive language by encouraging its use in a real situation (the staging of the play). It will also help
teachers by illustrating how the play can be staged simply and effectively.
An alphabetical word list of all the vocabulary items presented in the picture dictionary throughout
the story. This may easily be turned into a glossary if the students are encouraged to write their first
language equivalent next to each item.

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The Teacher's Edition includes all of the above, the only difference being that the answers in the
Activities section are over-printed for easy reference. It also includes an additional section called
Suggestions for Staging, which offers stage directions, practical tips on costuming, floor plans, a list of
props needed for each scene (as well as ideas on how to make them), and drama activities so that
learners are prepared and motivated to take part in the production.

Suggested Lesson Plan


The story can be covered in four lessons. Each lesson has a corresponding set of tasks in the Activities
section.

In the first lesson:


When first presenting the story, start by brainstorming ideas on the subject of the story by asking
questions about the title and the cover of the book. If necessary, allow students to use their mother
tongue to answer the questions.
e.g. What is the title of this story?
What can you see in this picture?
What are they doing?
What do you think this story is about? etc

In aI/lessons:
1. As an introduction to the lesson, pre-teach the core vocabulary. Then focus on the main scenes in
each spread and ask questions to help students describe the action in the pictures. e.g. Who is
this? (point to each character in tum)
What is he/she doing?
What do you think is happening here?
2. Play the recording for the whole lesson. Students follow in their books.
3. Ask students questions about the course of action in the story an9 whether it was as they expected.
4. Play the recording again, pausing at the end of each line to allow students to repeat. Repeat this
step as many times as necessary. Instruct students to do the same at home with their own recording
so as to improve their ability to read aloud as well as to practise their intonation and pronunciation.
5. Assign roles and ask students to read the story aloud in class. Repeat this step until every student
has had an opportunity to read.
6. Revise the core vocabulary which was pre-taught in step 1.
7. Point to the signpost referring students to the activity section for that lesson. Ask them to turn to
these activities in the book. Go through the activities in class, without allowing students to write the
answers. Assign them as written homework.
8. Play the song at the end of each scene and ask the class to practise singing it along with the
CD/cassette.

In the next lesson:


1. Start by singing the song taught in the previous lesson. Then ask questions to revise the story so
far. These can be answered in the students' native language.
2. Assign students a role in the story and ask everybody to read the story aloud. Demonstrating what
students have learned at home will enhance their confidence and motivate them to continue with
their learning. Make sure you always give them some positive feedback on their performance
whether it is on their pronunciation or acting.
3. Proceed to the next lesson in the story.
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Pleasecomein! Hello,
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This bog'sfor you.

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everyonel
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'A MerryChristmos
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Goodbye,
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Awayyougo!

Onyoursleigh
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ft's Christmos
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Onef or youondonef or me.
Wropthemupondunderthe treel

ft's Christmos
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Get readylGet reody!
We mustn'tbe slow!
Thesky is dork.Thesockis full.
Get readylGet ready,
the sleighto pull.

Get readylGet reodyl


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Get readylGet reody!
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Wewishyouo MerryChristmos,
Wewishyouo MerryChristmos,
Ando HoppyNewYeart.
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Toyouondyourkin,
Wewishyouo MerryChristmos,
Ando HoppyNewYear!

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Wewishyouo MerryChristmos,
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How to Stagethe Play
Eachproduction of the "MerryChristmas"play can be adaptedaccordingto the spaceand facilities
for the oerformance.
available Belowis a plan of the theatreusedfor the authors'production.

maybe performedby an olderstudentin the class.lt is suggested


Forthe purposeof the play,the narration
that he/sheholdthe entirescriptwith his/herown lineshighlighted. To add to the atmosphere, he/shecan
be dressed as an angel but should always remain at the side of the stage,eitherleftor right.

Aftercompletingall the lessonsin "MerryChristmas",studentsshouldhavea clearideaof the storyand


the accompanying action,but anotherreadingof the script will help everyonevisualisethe play on
stage.This readingwill also providea perfectopportunityfor the teacherto explainthe differences
betweena storyand a play and to decide on the allocationof rolesor any changesthat might be
appropriate.lf thereare any shy studentswho are reluctantto act, they can still be involvedin the
productionby collecting/ makingprops,beingprompters(for thosewho forgettheirlines),settingup
the stageor playingthe cassettewith the finalsong etc.

Oncethe rolesare allocatedand the studentsknowwhichcharacters theyare playing,theycan usethe


recordingto practisetheirlinesand cuesat home.In class,detailssuchas the way actorsmove,speaK,
enteror exttetc can be discussedat the beginningof each rehearsal. Then,the actorscan rehearse
and get feedbackfrom the teacheron their performance. lt is a good idea for the final song to be
performedby a differentgroup of students,singingalongwith the CD/cassette. This will boosttheir
confidenceand encouragethemto performin frontof a liveaudience'

it is advisedthatthe studentscarryout one of the dramaactivitiessuggestedin


Beforeeach rehearsal,
thisbook,whichare designedto relaxand motivatethe studentsin preparation for the rehearsalahead.
involvemovement,
Theactivities mime,voiceand expression,and areaimedat familiarising the students
withthe basicsof drama.

beforethe performance,
Finally, in whichactors
it is a good ideato haveat leastone dressrehearsals,
shouldbe in costumeand the remaining'backstagecrew', i.e. prompters,stage assistants,sound
assistantsetc shouldbe readvto awaittheir cues.

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) Scriptand GeneralStageDirections
Thenumber of rolesinthisplaycaneasilybeadapted to fitthenumber
of students
available or willing
to takepart.For example,the elves'partscan be dividedinto morepartsor sharedamongfewer
students.
Or,students playingtheelvesin scenes1 and2 can becomethe reindeer in scene3. The
(should
narrator theteacher choosenotto assume thisrolehim-/herself)
shouldbe dressed as anangel.
Thenarratorcanstandon the leftof rightof thestageso thathe/shedoesnotinterferewiththeaction
or obstruct
theviewof theaudience.

Actors: SantaClaus ChiefElf Elf3 1 _2 angels


MrsClaus Elf1 peter,thepostman 7 reindeer
John Elt2 Rudolph Vixen
Marv
Narrator: A studentdressedas an angelor theteacher

Scene f lThe children's lettersf


Curtainsopen.Lightson. Stagecentre: Jlaraton It'sChristmastimeat theNorth
Mrs Clausand the elvesare arounda tabte Pole.lt'ssnowingoutsideandit's
wrappingpresentsand lookingbusy. verycold.ln Santa's workshop
theelvesarebusy.Butit's
Christmas time,so they're
very
happy!

ChiefElf waveshisarmsin theair to show Ghief Elf: Hurryupl Hunyupl


the restof the elvestheymusthurry. Christmasis coming!

Theelvescontinueworkingexcitedlyas Etf r: Christmas


is coming!
theyspeak. Christmas
is near!

Erf 3: Christmas
is coming
!

Etf 2: Everyone
cheerl

Thereis a knockon the doorand everybody Who'sat thedoor?


looksup. Whocanit be?

Mrs Clausstops.Shegoes to the doorand Erf 3: Who'sat thedoor?


opensit. Openandsee!

Peterthepostmanentersstageleft, Mrs Glaus: lt's Peter,the postmanl


carryinga hugebag, full of letters. Please comein!
Mrs Clausshowshim intothe centreof the
stage.

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Peter greets everybodyon stage and the Peter: Hello,everybody!
audience.

He comes closer to the table when the Ghief Elf: Hi,Peter!Comeinl


Chief Elf inviteshim in.

Peterholds ouf the bag to the elvesand Peten Hereyouare!


Mrs Claus. Thisbag'sfor you.

Mrs Clauslooksimpressedby the size of trs Glaus: It'sverybig!


' thebag.

ChiefElf takesthe bag, noticeshowheavy Ghief Elf: And heavy,too!


it is,and opensit. He placesit on the floor
in frontof the table.

Petertakessomeenvelopesfrominsidethe Peter: It'sfullof lettersfromaround


bag and showsthemto everybody. theworld.
Fromeverylittleboyand girl!

Theelvestakesomeof the lettersand Ghief Elf: Christmas


listsfor SantaClaus!
openthem.

As eachone speakstheyare lookingat a Elt 2= Fromallthelittlegirlsandboys!


letter.

Petergoes back to the door. He turnsto Peter: Well,MerryChristmas,


everyonel
speakbeforehe leaves. I hopeyouhavelotsof funl

Theelveswave.Theystillhavelettersin Ghief Elf: A MerryChristmas


to you,too!
theirhands.
Curtainsremainopenand lightsdin. The Elt 2= Goodbye,
Peter.Seeyousoon!
choir startssingingthe song whilethe elves
and Mrs Clauskeep busy readingthe ,---
lettersand wrappingpresents. oooooooooooo"tlgi
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Song. Ghristmas ls Gomingl Christmasis coming!
The gooseis gettingfat.
Pleaseputa pennyin theold man'shat.
lf youhaven'tgot a penny,
a half-pennywilldo.
lf youhaven'tgot that,
thenGodblessyou.

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Scene 2 lSanta's presentsl
Lightsbrightenagain.Thelettershavebeen Narator: The presentsare ready- it's
emptiedontothe tableand the elvesand ChristmasEve!Now it'stimefor
Mrs Clausare readingthem. Santato leave!

Mrs Clausputsher letterdownand looks Mrs Glaus: Letters,letterseverywhere


happy. from littlegirlsand boys.

TheChiefElf reads hisletterwhilehe Ghlef Elf: The childrenask Santa


speaks. to send them lots and lots of
roys.

Santa: MerryChristmas! Ho,ho,ho!


It'snearlytimefor meto gol

ChiefElf gets up and so doesElf 2. He taps Chief Elf: It'snearlytime,SantaClaus.


on hisclockfaceto showSantahe should
hurry.

Elt 2z To visitall the girlsand boys.

Santa looks at the presents - almost all are Santa: Lots and lots of lovelypresents!
wrapped up.
Chief EIf looks proud while the elves are still Chief Elf: They'reready,Santa.
wrapptng.
Santa: Oh, thankheavens!

Chief Elf brings Santa'ssack and hands it to Er 3: A doll for Mary,


him. Elf 3 picks up a doll from the table, and a teddyfor John.
shows it to Santa. Santa takes it and puts it
in his bag. ThenElf 3 shows him a teddy.
Santa does the same.
Santa looks at the presentsagain and looks Santa: There'sa presentherefor
very happy with his hands on his hips. everyonel
Happychildren,everywhere.

Elt 2z Time to go, Santa.


Pleasetake care!

Santa: Timeto fly!

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Elf I gives the sack to Santa. Etf t: Everything's
ready,so goodbye!

Ghlef Elf: Awayyougo!

All the elvesand Mrs Clauswavegoodbye Etf 3: On yoursleighoverthesnow!


Santa.Curtainscloseas Santaexitsstage
left. Thechoir startssinging.
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Song - lt's Ghristmas Time! It'sChristmas


time!
It'sChristmas
time!
Giving-away{he-presents
time.
Onefor youand onefor me.
Wrapthemup and underthetree!

It'sChristmas
timel
It'sChristmas
time!
Laughing-and-singing-and-happytime.
Here'sa bikeandthere'sa ball.
Wrapthemup and givethemall!

oooooo^
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Curtainsopen. The sceneis outsideSanta's llarraton Santa'sreindeerarewaiting
house.lf possiblethrowa lengthof white outside.
cloth on the floorto makeit look like thereis They'regeftingreadyto fly.
snowon the ground.Thereindeerare waiting
holdingthe stringsattachedto thesteigh.
Santaentersstageleft and is carryinghissack.
Rudolph: Hello,Santa.Here'syoursleigh!

Santaputsthe bag into the sleighas he Santa: Welldone,reindeerl


talksto the reindeer. Let'sfly away!
He pointsto each reindeeras he names Here'sComet,here'sCupid.
them. Here'sDasherand Vixen.

Vixen,whois right behindRudotph,pointsto Uiren: Here'sDancerand Prancer.


the restof the reindeer.Thereindeerare Here'sDonnerand Blitzen!
gettingresflessas they wantto go.

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Santa gets into the sleigh, takesthe reins Santa: AndwhataboutRudolph?


and turns to Rudolph. Areyoureadyto go?

Rudolphrubs his nose to make it glow, Rudolph: Oneminute, Santa.


Letme makemy noseglow!
We'rereadyto go,so holdon tight

ThenSanta slaps the reinsand the reindeer Santa: Rudolph,you noseis so bright
startrunningon the spot. tonight!
Don'tworry,children.
We'reon ourway.

Fairy dust should be spilnkled around the Vixen: We'llbe therefor Christmas
Dayl
feet of the reindeerand along the runners
of the sleigh. Santacan do this.

The lights go dim to indicate a change of Santa: Christmas


magic,Christmas
funl
location.Curtainsclose and the choir starts MerryChristmas,
everyone!
stngtng.

oooooooooooo"

Song. Get Ready! Getready!Getreadyllt'stimeto gol


Getready!GetreadylWemustn'tbe slowl
Theskyis dark.Thesackis full.
Getready!Getready,thesleighto pultl

Getready!GetreadylWe'releavingtonight.
GetreadylGetready!lt'sChristmas
Nightl
Themoonis up.Thestarsarebright,
Getready!Getready,thisChristmas
Evenighil

Scene 4 ooooooooooooo
lln John and Mary's bedroomf
Curtainsopen.Lightsdim.Centrestage: Narrator: Santa'sin thecitynow.
the two childrenare asleepin bed whenSanta At JohnandMary'shouse.
entersstageright.An angelis standingover Thechildren aresleeping
in their
the children'sheads.A stoolis on theirilght beds,withtwosmallangels
and a Christmas treeon theirleft. overhead!

Santaknocksovera stoolas he is movino Angel l: Quiet,Santa!Watchyourstep!


towardsthe children. JohnandMaryarebothin bed!

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Thechildrenwakeup because of the noise. rfohn: MarylMary!What'sthatnoise?
John sitsup and tapsMaryon her shoulder.

Marygetsup too. Stagetightsup. The tary: Maybeit'sSantawithourtoys!


childrenturnand see Santa,so thevstand
up withexcitement.

SantagivesMarythe dolt,smiting. Santa: MerryChristmas,


Marydearl
Thechildrenare reallyexcited. Mary: Santa!Wow!You're
reallyhere!
SantagivesJohn histeddyand John hotdsit Santa: MerryChristmas,
John,my boyl
up excitedly. Youweregood,so here'syourtoyl
JohnlooksbetweenSantaand the teddy John: Thankyou,Santa.Wow!
whileMarygoesto the tableand picksup a A teddyl
glassof milkand a plateof cookiesand I willcallhimLittteEddyt
bringsit to Santa.Santatakesa cookieand
putsit in hispocket.
llary: Somemilkandcookiesirrstfnr
you.
SantahugsMaryand peter. Santa: Nowit'smyturnto saythankyoul
Santastandsbetweenchildrenwith arms Ail: MerryChristmas,
everyonel
roundboth& theyall face theaudience.The Wehopeyouhavea lot of funl
choir startssingingthefinalsong.

^oooo^ o
o v - ' _.
o e o oo^ooo+*1
V - / {ri.
Song
We Wish You A Merry Christmas Chorus: Wewishyoua MerryChristmas,
Wewishyoua MerryChristmas,
Wewishyoua MerryChristmas,
Anda HappyNewyear!

Goodtidingswe bring,
Toyouandyourkin,
Wewishyoua MerryChristmas,
Anda HappyNewYear!

RepeatChorus

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= Props
Toye and tools for the elves.Studentscan contributeby bringingtheirowntoys.Fortools,it would
be bestto avoidanythingthatcan causeinjuries.Usea plastichammerand paperscissors.Paperand
ribbonsfor wrappingthe presents.
A broom for MrsClaus.Youcan usea regularbroomfromthe school.
A mallbag flllcd witlr lctters for Peterthe postman.Any kind of schoolbagor rucksackthat can
easilybe openedwilldo.
Urapped prosents for Santa.Theycan be easilymadeby wrappingemptyboxes.
Doll and tcddy for Elf3. Thesecan alsobe broughtby a student.
Hugesack of presents for Elf2. lt caneasilybe madeby sewingtogetherroundthe threesidestwo
largepiecesof redcloth.
Glass of milk and plate of coolclcs for Maryto giveto Santa.lt wouldbe bestto use an empty
plasticcup and plateto avoidanyaccidents on stage.

Props SCENE1 SCENE2 SCENE3 SCENE4


toys,paper& ribbons
tools (screwdriver/hammer) t
oroom ./
mailbagand letters t/ t/

wrappedpresents ./
doll and teddy t/

sackof presents t/ ./

fairydust
glassof milkand plateof cookies t/

s Scenery
Scenes l-2: Theinsideof a housewitha Christmas
treeas a decoration
on theleft.A olaintablewith
on centrestagewithvariouswrappedpresents.
a tablecloth A teddyand a doll leftunwrapped on the
table.

Scene 3: A plainblackor deeppurplebackdropwithpaperstarsattachedto givethe illusionof a


treefromtheprevious
starrysky.TheChristmas scenescanremainin thesameplace.Oncentrestage,
Santa'ssleigh.

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Scene 4: Insidethechildren's bedroom.
Thesamebackdrop as in scenes1 & 2. A cardboard
fireplace
witha blazingfirepaintedon it.Twosmallcarpetsor rugscanbe usedas bedswithblankets andoilows
for eachbed,A smalltable(to holdthe glassof milkandthe plateof cookies)on the right.Thesmall
stoolSantaknocksover.ThesameChristmas treeas in the previous sceneson theleft.

3 SetArrangement

Scene | &2
backdrop

Scene 3
backdrop

Christmas
tree

sleigh
Narrator Narrator

Scene 4 backdrop
fireplace
table
bed bed
stool
christmas
tree
tlr"l:i Narrator

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Costumes
I Elves: Greentightsor leggingswitha longtop and a blackbelt.The elvesdo not needto
wearshoesbut if theydo, blackshoesare best and a silverbucklecan be added
The hats shouldbe pointed,made of soft greencloth
made from silverfoil/paper.
or crepe paper,which has an elasticband attachedto the bottomthat goes around
the headto hold it there.

Mrs Glaus: A long pink dresswithan apronor a long red skirtand a whiteshirtwithan apron.
Her haircan be createdsimplyby dustingthe actress'shairwithtalcumpowdertill
it lookswhite.Blackboots.

3 Peter: Blue trousersand a hoodedjacket,with fur if possible.A blue cap. Glovesand


bootsof anycolour.A postalserviceemblemshouldbe madefromcardand pinned
to the uppersleevesof the jacketand on the cap. Peter'smoustache
can be drawn
on the student'sface usingan eyelinerpencil.

4 Santa: Red baggy trousersand a long-sleeved top. A black belt and boots (black if
possible)with cottonwool aroundthe top of them.A red jacketedgedwith cotton
wool.A hat madein the samewayas the elves'hats(onlythistimein redand edged
withcottonwool)or a boughtSantahat. Gloves.Santa'sbeardcan be madefrom
cottonwool or a Santabeardcan be bought.

5 Reindeer: Lightbrownto mid-brownleggingsand matchingtops.Antlersmadefromcard and


staoledontoheadbands. Redcollarsmadefromcard or ribbonwith bellsattached.
All reindeerexceptRudolphhaveblackshinynoses.Rudolphhas a red nose.The
reindeerare harnessedtogetherand to the sleighwith rope- white,gold or black.
Thisharnessends in the reinsthat Santapicksup in scene3 afterpassingthrough
loopson the sleigh.

6 Angels: Dressedin longwhiteor gold dresseswith long sleeves.Wingsmadeout of paper


or card.Thewingsare attachedto the dressusingsafetypinsand shouldbe white.
The angelsshouldnot be wearingany shoes,but can wearwhitesocks.

7 Mary: Pinkpyjamasand fluffyslippers.

8 John: Bluepyjamasand fluffyslippers.

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DramaActivities
I First-time listening and reading
Aims: Tofamiriarise
Ss withthe storytheyaregoingto perform.
Preparation: Readthestoryand decideat whichpointsit wouldbe suitableto stopandask
Ss to speculateon the story.
Materials: Theaudiocassetteor CD andthe pupil'sBook.
Description: 1 Introduce thestoryto theSsby showing themthepupil'sBookcoverandfront
page.Pointto thecharacters and askfor ss' speculations
on bothstorvand
characters.
2 Playthe cassetteor CD whileSs followin theirbooks.Whenyou reachthe
firststoppingpoint,ask ss to closetheirbooksand tell youwhattheythink
is goingto happennext.Acceptall answers andthencontinue.
3 Afterlistening
to the developmentof the storystopagainand askSs whichof
theirsuggestions werecorrect.Thenplaythestoryuntilthenextstoppingpoint.
2 time the story
Aims: To helpSs focuson physicalco-ordination,
facialexpression
and enteringand
exiting.
Preparation: Readthe storyand memorisethe positionand movements
of the charactersin
eachscene.
Materials: Audiocassette/CD
and the Pupil'sBook.
Description: 1 Allocatethe rolesof the story.Any ss whoare notwillingto act can workas
assistantswith propsand scenery.
2 Readthe storywiththe class.Eachactorshouldreadout his/herlines.As
they do so, ask them to focus on what their charactersare doing in that
scene.
Markthe entranceand exit pointson your 'stage'(if this is done in the
classroom,it couldbe the frontpart of the room)so that ss knowwhereto
enterand exit.
Playthe cassetteof the story again.Ask the actorsto mimeeach scene
withoutspeaking.Tellthemto concentrate on the movements theyshouldbe
performing.
5 Givefeedbackto the actorson theirperformance.
6 Repeatthe pantomime as manytimesas necessary for theactorsto learnthe
stageroutine.
Listen tor the cue!

To helpSs learntheirlinesand identifywhento saythem.

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Preparation: Cut out the scriptpagesin the Pupil'sBooks.
Materials: A copy of the scriptfor everyS.

Description: 1 Pointout that knowingwhento speakis importantin a play and that in order
to do that,they shouldidentifythe linesof the characterswho speakbefore
them(le,the cues).
2 Allocatethe rolesand ask Ss to underline theirlinesin one colourand circle
the linesbeforethem.Ss that are not willingto act can workas prompters.
3 Ask Ss to read out the play.Prompterscan make sure that confusedactors
get theirlinesright.
4 Youcan repeatthe reading,focusingon intonation, pronunciation,
clarityetc.
4 Ghorus line

Aims: 1 To helpSs learntheirlinesby drillingthem in chorus,


2 To give Ss practicein accurateintonation.
3 To lessen,throughchoralrepetition,Ss' anxietyof acting out in a foreign
language

Preparation: Cut out the scriptpagesin the Pupil'sBooks.

Materials: One copy of the scriptfor everyS

Description: 1 Selectone characterfor all Ss to play.Startreadingout the play,Assumeall


otherrolesbut the one chosenfor the studentsto practise.Ss repeatthe lines
of the one characterin chorus.Correcttheirintonation wherenecessarvbV
providinga model.
2 Readthe play again,thistime assigningthe Ss witha differentrole.
3 Repeatstages1 - 2 untilall the roleshavebeen practised.

Variation: Insteadof readingthe remainingrolesyourself,


you can play the recordingand
allowSs to reoeattheirlinesalonowith it.

5 Who's missing?

(Particularly if you are producinga playwith Ss fromvariousclasses.)


appropriate

Aims: To help all Ss to get to knoweach otheror the rolestheyare playing.

Preparation: musicto play for Ss to movearoundto.


Selecta cassettewith instrumental

Materials: A cassettewithmusicof yourchoice.

Description: 1 Playsomemusicand tellSs to movearoundthe room.Aftera while,stop the


musicand tell Ss to rollup intoa ball and closetheireyes.
2 Chooseone of the Ss, tap him/heron the shoulderand he/shetiptoesout of
the room.
3 Tell everyoneto open their eyes. Now,ask them to guess who's missing.
When they have guessed,they call out the missingS's name and he/she
comes back into the room

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4 Repeatsteps 1 - 3 untilall Ss havehad a turn.

Pip, Squeak and Wiltred


Aims: To encourageSs to be alertand readyto move.
Preparation: Makea listof activitiesyouwouldlikeSs to do whentheyare 'out'of the game,
eg. singa song,saythe alphabetetc.
Materials: None.
Description: 1 Ss sit in a circle.Go aroundthe circle and namethe Ss, Pip, Squeakor
Wilfred.Pointout thattheymustremember whotheyare.
2 Explainthat whenyou call out one of the names,all the Pips,Squeaksor
Wilfredswill haveto run clockwisearoundthe circleonceand backto their
originalposition.
3 Callout one name,eg. Ppl'Ss runas told.ThelastS to sit is 'out'.Toallow
him/herto get back intothe game,he/shemustpay a forfeit,ie. performan
activityfromthe list you haveprepared.

Iirrors
Aims: ToencourageSs'observation
and concentration
abilities.
Preparation: None.
Materials: None.
Description: 1 Ask Ss to sit or standin pairsfacingeachother.Explainthat one of them,S
A, has to act as if he/sheis lookingin the mirror,and the other,S B, hasto
'mirro/theirexactmovements.
2 Ss startpractisingin pairs.Aftera fevvminutes,ask Ss to changerolesand
S B takeswer the lead whileS A 'mirrors'the movements. Pointout that
concentration is importantand monitorthe class,watchingeachpair.
3 Thisactivitycan be turrredintoa game,wherethe bestpairwins,by eliminating
pairsif theydon't minorthe exactmovements of theirpartners.
I Er* rtoeeirg
Ain$ To encourageSs to memorisethings.
Haterials: t{one.
Preparalion: l'lone.
Description: Ask Ss to sit in a circle.Selecta S to startry saying"ln my shoppingbasketI
have(eg an apple).'In turns,eachS in the circlecontinuesby addingan item
to the list.

6r
Word List
Thewordsin colourare presented
in the picturedictionary
of the mainstory.

an g e ls get ready overhead


around girl please
away grow postman
bag gooo presents
bed happy quiet
b ig heavy ready
both holdtight really
boy hope reindeer
bright Hurryup! Santa
busy it'smy turn SantaClaus
cheer leave See you soon!
ch ild r e n letters send
Christmas Eve list sleep
Christmas time little sl ei gh
crty lot small
cold lovely snow
comeIn magrc snowrng
cookies maybe take care
dear MerryChristmas teddy
d o ll mrlk Thankheavensl
door minute time
elves near tonight
every nearly toys
everybody norse visit
everyone NorthPole wait
everything nose watchyour step
everywhere now welldone!
fl v on our way worKSnop
full open world
fun outside worry

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