A standalone lesson I've done a few times with year 7 is poetry performance, something along these lines: Starter - what makes a good performance. Teacher reads a poem really badly - dull, monotone voice, etc. Students to identify what was good and bad (they'll enjoy criticising!) Main - read through a fun poem with the group (I like to use Roald Dahl's poem about Red Riding Hood) and then put them in groups. Get them to prepare a performance of the poem, up to them how they do it, whether it be drama with narration or just different people reading. Give them some success criteria for a good performance After some rehearsal time, groups should perform to each other. You could team groups to peer assess each other. Plenary - students write a reflection of their performance and how well they met the success criteria. Always worked well for me!