1. Years 9-10
  2. Drama
  3. Activities
  4. Research Collage
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Research Collage

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 5 (end of Year 10)
Grade A Chris  
Grade C Lesley  

Description of activity

Students will construct a collage in their workbook which includes visual and written elements, summarising the research carried out on the theme - bullying. The collage should act as a reference document and stimulus for the development of the group-devised playbuilding. The research collage should:

  • present material from a range of sources including internet, school library, community resources and media
  • consider the format and layout of the material and possible categories for presenting the information
  • show careful choice of written and visual elements indicating how the research might be used in the making and performing of the playbuilding project
  • consider the dramatic intention and the impact the group wishes to create for an intended audience.


Students will undertake a unit of playbuilding based on a theme: for example, bullying.

This activity is to assist students to understand the chosen theme and to encourage them to use research as a developmental tool to devise narrative structures, characters and transitions in their playbuilding. During making, students have undertaken research into the theme/topic (bullying) using a number of sources and the teacher will have given oral feedback regarding the quality of the research materials. Students then synthesise and evaluate the data, indicating suitable findings from which to develop and refine narrative structures for their playbuilt performances.

Areas for Assessment






A student:

  • contributes, selects, develops and structures ideas in improvisation and playbuilding
  • devises, interprets and enacts drama using scripted and unscripted material or text
  • explores, structures and refines ideas using dramatic forms, performance styles, dramatic techniques, theatrical conventions and technologies.



A student:

  • selects and uses performance spaces, theatre conventions and production elements appropriate to purpose and audience.






A student:

  • responds to, reflects on and evaluates elements of drama, dramatic forms, performance styles, dramatic techniques and theatrical conventions
  • analyses the contemporary and historical contexts of drama
  • analyses and evaluates the contribution of individuals and groups to processes and performances in drama using relevant drama concepts and terminology.

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • collect and record data from a variety of sources and present visual and written research using appropriate drama terminology
  • demonstrate understanding of the contemporary context of themes, such as bullying, in playbuilding, and ways to synthesise, categorise and communicate the research in a collage
  • indicate how the research might be used in the making, performing and appreciating of the playbuilding project, with an awareness of the relationship between performer and audience.
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