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Published: 23/03/2015
KS4 | Plays
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Revising key events

Activities that encourage students to reflect on the plot of the play, considering how events impact on the play as a whole and charting the tension. Useful plot summary included.

Act 1

For this act, students choose five events from a longer plot summary, explaining why they are the most key moments in the scene. Events are listed in note form, e.g.

  • The bodies of the two brothers are on stage.
  • Mrs Johnstone’s Marilyn Monroe song.
  • Mrs Johnstone can’t pay the milkman.

Act 2

Students create a timeline of events using the Act 2 summary statements: they plot these on a tension graph. Statements include:

  1. The Johnstones enjoy their new life; the bills are paid and the milkman is friendly.  The boys are now fourteen.  The Lyons settle into their new life, Edward is off to boarding school.
  2. Mickey, Linda and Sammy are on the bus going to school.  Sammy robs the conductor at knife point.
  3. Edward is excelling at school; he is very bright but suspended after being rude to a teacher who insists that he remove the locket.

The whole play

Students reflect on the key scenes from the whole play by mind-mapping key themes:

  • childhood, friendship and growing up
  • social class and opportunity
  • superstition
  • fate and destiny
  • nature versus nurture.

See other resources: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

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