The Island, by Armin Greder
Source: See attached Word document lesson plan
This drama lesson uses the storyline of the picture book The Island,
by Armin Greder (2007), published by Allen & Unwin, to stimulate
drama about a man whose raft is swept ashore on a remote island. The
islanders are fearful of strangers and the man is imprisoned, isolated
and treated inhumanely. All but one islander become irrational and
increasingly hostile towards him, until one day the mob force the man
back on his raft and push him out to sea and his probable death.
This resource can support whole classes of pupils to safely
interact with an imaginary 'mob' and stand up for human rights, by
working in role. The drama lesson gives teachers and pupils the
opportunity to enter the story, and to challenge and avoid violent
actions and responses from within a fiction. In role, they can decide
to create an enlightened island community that engages with a man
arriving by raft humanely, thus producing a better outcome.
A whole class drama will enable pupils to explore and express some key questions and concerns including:
This drama should empower pupils to decide themselves on their actions
and responses and to be aware that the choices and comments they make
in the drama (and in real life) can influence outcomes for better or
worse. For a selection of images from the book that could be used as
further stimulus, see Google books (hyperlink below).
- How might various islanders feel and what do they think and say when they find the stranger?
- How might various people respond individually and/or collectively to anyone who agrees/disagrees with the majority viewpoint?
- How might the stranger be a threat to the islanders (or is any threat imagined)?
- What might parents and teachers tell today's and tomorrow's
children about their actions towards the stranger? Will they justify or
regret? Will they recount events accurately (and if not, why not)?
|Links across other subjects within resource
PSHE education, English, Geography, History, Science, Art, Design and Technology, Citizenship.
Allen & Unwin Book Publishers
Google books images from the book The Island: http://books.google.co.uk/The Island images
About Google books http://books.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=43729.
Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org.uk/education Teacher resources (including role plays) about refugees, asylum seekers and human rights.
School Improvement Through Drama, by Patrice Baldwin (Autumn 2009), published by Network Continuum Education ISBN: 978-1855394568. Contains an additional unit of drama work based on The Island.