Our unit of work on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ has come to an end today. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning the story told in the play during our English lessons and performance rehearsal over the past 4 weeks. Our work focused on the fairies in the Magical Forest and the relationships and connections between Hermia, Lysander and Egeus, Hermia’s father. Through drama activities, rehearsal and scene exploration, we discussed and considered Hermia’s dilemma, putting ourselves in her shoes and considering all of the factors she had to think about when making her decision. Hermia wanted to marry Lysander, the man she loves, whilst facing possible punishment for not marrying her father’s choice of suitor, Demetrius. As a class, we were evenly split on what decision she should’ve made!
The children worked extremely hard towards their final written piece, a soliloquy collating all of the thoughts and questions running through Hermia’s mind, alongside a letter in role as Hermia, to her father, on the subject of her forthcoming marriage. Through planning, drafting, editing and presenting their writing, including a piece of art, the children all completed a thoughtful and balanced soliloquy and letter based on Hermia’s decision.
Well done for work extremely hard on your writing Dahl, you have all been extremely successful! I hope you enjoy reading some examples of the writing below.