Space Between (Neelands 2015)
Exploring the changing relationship between Sol and his father.
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from The White Fox series
Required reading: Whole book
- Narrative features: Cause and effect
- Narrative features: Character relationships
- Drama Strategies: Space Between
Character and character relationships are central to most stories. By exploring relationships, we can refine a response to the story and also reflect on how the story might relate to our own lives and relationships (present and future).
- Copies of ‘Space Between’ cards, one per pair
- A large space would be beneficial
Organise the children into pairs. One represents Sol, and one represents dad. Invite a pair to come to the front and model the strategy. Choose one of the key moments, e.g., The journey to the docks and ask the pair to position themselves to show how close Sol and his dad are at this moment.
- Why have you shown this distance between them?
Introduce the key vocabulary through the discussion and encourage the children to use it.
Once you have established the process, distribute the Space Between cards to pairs to carry out the process themselves.
- Can you be next to someone but feel far away?
emotion. emotionally, space, distant, close
Space Between cards
Download, print and cut out these cards to support the discussion.