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    The Highwayman Resource Pack

    Resource Pack

Introduction:

The ideas in this resource pack are not intended to be lesson plans, but suggestions

    from which teachers may create their own lessons to suit the needs of the curriculum,

    the pupils they are working with, and the time they have available.

We‟ve tried to group them by subject heading and give some idea of appropriate year

    group for which they are targeted. As always, however, the content may cross

    different subject areas and year groups, so use whatever suits your needs.

If you‟ve any other ideas based on the performance you have seen, or any follow up

    work you would like to share with us artwork, creative writing and so on we‟d be

    very keen to see it; send it in.

    Don‟t forget to have a look at our website we‟ll be putting new material up on there too as we progress.

Mark Bodicoat

    Artistic Director

     Jump the Moat Theatre Company 9 Glebe Ave., Broughton, Kettering, Northants. NN14 1NE 07710 299277 www.jumpthemoat.co.uk

    The Highwayman Resource Pack

    What was in the treasure box?

    Here is a picture of the Highwayman’s box.

What was inside the box?

    Draw the things that were inside the box and write something about each one.

    Jump the Moat Theatre Company

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    English & Literacy

    What was in the treasure box? Year 3,4,5,6

Class discussion. Drawing them and writing a little.

    Provide outline of box.

    Extension Story writing What 3/4 objects would be in a treasure box about the story (Cinderella,Harry Potter)?

    The teacher can provide 3 or 4 objects as the stimulus, or the class can decide on the

    objects then write an individual poem or story.

    What genre was the poem? Year 5,6,7,8

This may have to include a discussion about what is genre.

    Was it a ghost story,horror,murder,detective or love story? How they all fit.

    Annotate the Poem Year 5,6,7,8,9

This could be done prior to performance.

    Explain what annotation is. Provide copy of poem with annotation marks to fill in.

The Great Debate Speaking and listening Year 5,6,7,8,9

    This only works if the teacher follows strict guide lines and repeats every time class

    debate. It is a great way to teach two sides to an argument.

1. Have a motion

    e.g. We believe the highway man was a bad person and deserved what he got.

    Hoodies should be banned from town centers

    Bring back hanging

    2. Class discussion.

    All the class except 4 write „fors‟ and „against‟ the motion.

    4 pupils are preparing a short talk for and against; 2 „for‟, 2 „against‟.

3. A child is chosen to host debate and introduce the speakers.

    Follow the same format every time.

    Start 1 for motion then 1 against then host opens it up to all.

4. Hands Up.

    Ideas are put forward and questions posed to the 4 speakers.

5. The two remaining speakers give their talk.

    (As they get good at this they add to their speech during open discussion).

     Jump the Moat Theatre Company 6. Have a secret ballot.

    Give job of counting and announcing result to 2 children.

    Always put motion and result on a display board.

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    Metaphors and Similes Year 5,6,7,8,9

After explaining what these poetic techniques are, ask pupils to find as many as they

    can from the poem - put them in X-factor order and justify their decision.

    Perhaps try to write their own metaphors and similes.

Archaic language Year 5,6,7,8,9

Collect all the old fashioned words from the poem and research what they mean.

    Then create a glossary or mini-dictionary to help people who want to read the poem.

Story board Year 5,6,7,8,9

Create a story board of the poem and write captions under the illustrations to ensure

    the story is clear.

    Different text types Year 5,6,7,8,9

After looking at the styles of writing, explore different writing tasks based on the story:

    News report

    Police report

    Diary of Bess before the end

    Diary of Tim

    Letter from the landlord explaining what happened

History and Geography

Fashion

    Use the contrast in costume / clothes to talk about history. Year 3,4,5,6

    Provide other examples e.g. Roman and Elizabethan

    Why did these clothes develop.

    Compare countries clothes e.g. Eskimo and African tribal.

The Georgians Year 5,6 thThe story of the highwayman is set in the middle of the 18 Century, around 1750.

    Find out who the King of England was at this time. Who were the others?

    Who was the „odd one out‟.

The Redcoats

    Who were the Redcoats? Who controlled them? What was their connection with

    America?

These links may provide additional useful material:

    http://www.timelines.info/history/continents_and_countries/europe/western_europe/britJump the Moat Theatre Company ish_isles/georgian_britain/

http://www.outlawsandhighwaymen.com/index.htm

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Colour the costumes for this Georgian family.

Design your own costume for The Highwayman, Tim and Bess.

    Jump the Moat Theatre Company

    9 Glebe Ave., Broughton, Kettering, Northants. NN14 1NE 07710 299277 www.jumpthemoat.co.uk

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    Drama

    Hot seating the characters All years

Imagine if the characters from the poem walked into the classroom now what

    questions would you want to ask them? Perhaps the teacher could go into role as a

    character or a volunteer student, as soon as they sit on an allocated chair they are in

    role and answer questions seriously and in character. Perhaps in partners hot seat

    each other.

    Freeze frame the story All years

In groups of 4/5 ask the pupils to create a freeze frame of part of the story.

    Encourage groups to explore being characters and the scenery - the stable, the

    carriage etc.

    Show to class and the audience can identify which part it is.

Split the verses up and allocate a verse to each group, freeze frame the whole poem.

Thought tapping All years

Linking with the above, another group could go into a freeze frame and vocalise the

    thoughts of the characters.

    Flash back/ cross cutting All years

Explore in groups how else the modern story be linked to the poem - finding a diary or

    looking at a picture or an interview.

Discussion about the performance All years

As a performance what did you think was effective and as directors what would you

    change?

Colour in Drama All years

Colour represents things.... invite a class discussion on what colours mean to us.

    The splashes of red in the play was deliberate why?

    How do we as an audience read colour and why?

    Is it a cultural influence?

    What colours have particular meanings to us?

    Jump the Moat Theatre Company

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    PE / Movement / Drama All years

Discuss how the actors moved.

    How we knew where they were by how they moved e.g. edge of building

Find a space… pupils are given suggestions:

    pretend you are on a kerb,

    pretend you are on a tight rope,

    running on spot,

    add looking behind as if chased,

    run on spot in slow motion,

    crawling through a pipe

Build up to groups of 3 or 4 putting together their own hiding, chasing, climbing

    scene.... in a confined, one-level space so no chairs or blocks!

Here are some suggestions from the production:

    The Prodigy - Breathe

    Chemical Brothers - Loops of Fury

    Rob D - Clubbed to Death (from „The Matrix‟ soundtrack)

    Massive Attack - Dissolved Girl

Teacher or pupils may suggest other music to use when they go round room showing

    their work.

Art

Imagination Year 3,4,5,6

    What you saw and what you think you saw in this production.

    Class discussion about the set design.

    Talk about those things that were not there but you see in your head

    e.g. the horse, tall buildings, horse and carriage, the windows

Paint a picture from the play including all the things we imagined were there.

3D realisation Year 7, 8, 9

    The set consisted of three flat stage panels, and shaped mounted vertically to create

    the idea of a skyline and the inside of a building.

Design your own stage and create a scale model using card.

Build 2 or 3 different boxes out of card that can be placed in different positions to

    create the scenes.

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    Citizenship

    Discussion starters: All years

How did the story of The Highwayman link with modern life?

Why was Sean carrying a knife?

    He said it was for his protection, do you think many people think like Sean?

We hear a lot about knife crime nowadays - why do you think this has increased?

The highwayman‟s image was a romantic hero, do you think that people today hide

    behind images? Is image important to people today?

How should people who carry knives be punished?

In the poem the highwayman was shot - should the death penalty for some crime be

    reinstated?

Create a poster that dissuades people from carrying knives.

Use the Internet to research the law and advice on knives and weapons.

These websites will be useful:

    http://www.droptheweapons.org/home.html “Drop the weapons” campaign on TV

http://www.oneknifeonelife.co.uk/

http://campaigns.direct.gov.uk/talkaboutknives/

    Discussion starters: Secondary

The Redcoats captured Bess at the Inn and held her hostage in order to catch the

    Highwayman.

    They were trying to catch a criminal, but were they right to do this?

    What powers should the authorities have to catch criminals?

    Would the Redcoats have acted the same way if they had not been drinking?

    Audience Feedback All years

What were your thoughts about Street Gangs before you saw the play?

    What is a Gang? Are street gangs cool?

What are your thoughts now you have seen the play?

    Is it “big” to carry a knife? Jump the Moat Theatre Company

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    SCIENCE

Electricity Year 5, 6, 7, 8

    To put on a stage show a theatre company uses electricity to power the music system

    and the lights. They also use electric tools to build the set and in the batteries of

    mobile phones.

    In the time of the highwayman people did have mains electricity or batteries.

Make a list of all the things you use every day that are powered by electricity.

    Describe how you might you do some of these things if you had no electricity.

In 1751 a scientist called Benjamin Franklin did a famous experiment to find out about

    electricity. Find out what the experiment was and write a newspaper report about it.

Light & Colour Year 5, 6, 7, 8

We use lights in our production to create atmosphere and changes of scene.

    Different coloured lights can make the stage look blue (for a night-time scene) or red

    to suggest a fire.

Why would it not be a good idea to paint the set in lots of bright colours?

    What would be the problem with having a completely black stage set?

    What colours would be the best for reflecting the colours of the lights?

If you shine a red light and a blue light on a pale stage, what colour would you see?

    Design an experiment to test your ideas.

Red, green and blue are called „primary colours‟. What other colours can you make by

    mixing red, green and blue light?

Sometimes the actors are hidden by shadows on stage. Why are shadows formed?

    Weapons and Explosives Year 5, 6, 7, 8

The story mentions two old guns: the musket and a flintlock pistol.

    In the play the Redcoats “looked to their priming”.

    Use the internet to find out what “priming” means and how these guns worked.

One of the soldiers called his friend a “bag of wet powder”.

    What do you think he meant?

Find out where and when gunpowder was first invented.

    Jump the Moat Theatre Company

    9 Glebe Ave., Broughton, Kettering, Northants. NN14 1NE 07710 299277 www.jumpthemoat.co.uk

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    RE Year 4,5,6

    Luck and Superstition Research The horse shoe in the play....We have good luck and bad luck.

    Some people believe in superstitions e.g. walking under a ladder, 4-leaf clover.

    Find 4 things that people think are lucky and why.

    How did these ideas start? e.g. Why do we say break a leg in the theatre?

    Why do some people think it is unlucky to whistle on stage?

Fantasy and Reality Year 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

How much of what happened in the play do think was “real”?

    There are three “endings” to this play – did you spot them all? Can you explain how they all came together?

Some people say that dreams are a way the brain sorts out what happens in our lives

    and makes sense of what we should do in different situations.

    How do you think the story of The Highwayman might have helped Sean, Matt and

    Bess in their situation?

Video Material

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1OVqAANwJE&feat

    ure=related

    This is a nice little video with hand-drawn images set

    to music.

    No words or text, but highlights the symbolism in the

    poem.

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=gVdDa2Ms0WQ

    Computer animation with poem text displayed on

    screen and set to music by sung Loreena McKennit .

    Jump the Moat Theatre Company

    9 Glebe Ave., Broughton, Kettering, Northants. NN14 1NE 07710 299277 www.jumpthemoat.co.uk

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