8.13.18 – 8.17.18

This week in Drama:
6th graders are just now getting their connections schedules, so this week will be spent learning about the expectations in this classroom and getting to know each other. We will cover the History of Theater and will move into Pantomime by the end of the week.

7th graders will start the week exploring Audience Etiquette. Then, we will move into Performance Anxiety and discuss strategies to use to deal with stage fright. By the end of the week, we should be moving into Monologues and Dialogues.

8th graders are on their way to writing a musical. This week they are selecting songs, assigning roles for their projects, and will begin writing their scripts. This usually takes the most time than any other part of the project, so I am letting them breathe and get their creativity out on paper.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students go on the air today (Monday, August 13th)! We are all excited to be crossing this bridge, but nervous about possible hiccups at the same time. In class, students will have a quiz on Trade Terms in the industry (on Wednesday) and we will then begin exploring basic camera shots and angles.

8.6.18 – 8.10.18

This week in Drama:

7th graders are beginning this week exploring the History of Drama. Once that is done, we’ll begin practicing breathing and warmup strategies and finishing with voice mechanics.

8th graders are beginning to explore how to write a play and will then move into the History of Broadway musicals. They will be gaining background knowledge so that they’ll be able to create their own musical with a group.

 

This week in Broadcasting:

We go on the air LIVE on Monday, August 13, and the students are excited, but nervous (as am I!). This week we’ll learn about trade terms in the broadcasting industry. We’ll also be shown how to use the equipment and demonstrate knowledge of that through a hands-on “quiz.” Towards the end of the week, we’ll explore basic camera shots and angles before actually beginning to use the equipment.

Welcome!

Welcome to the blog for Durham Middle School’s Drama and Broadcasting Department. My name is Trina Zwolle and I am extremely passionate about teaching both Drama AND Broadcasting. I have seen so many creative students come through this department and cannot wait to welcome even more! Please visit my site often to find out what your child is doing in our class. This is truly a community of learning where we teach each other and learn from each other every single day!

04.16.18 – 04.20.18

This week in Drama:

6th graders are exploring costume design this week.  They will design and create a costume for a character.

7th graders are performing monologues and dialogues.  Towards the end of the week, we will explore improvisational techniques and then move into storytelling as a theatrical art.

8th graders needed a few extra days on writing their scripts.  We will start the week with Blocking and Staging, and will then explore other aspects of a musical such as Marketing/Public Relations, Costume Design, Set Design, and flyers.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are in the pre-production phase of their music videos.  They will begin filming on Friday.

Reminder:  Less than one month away from the due date for their B-Roll assignment!

Also, students have been given their B-roll assignment for the spring. They must collect video footage from an event here at Durham and edit the footage into a 30 second piece to air on our morning news. They will also need to write a script for our anchors to read to go along with the B-roll. This video is not due until May 4th, but students should not wait until then to turn it in. They are welcome to collect footage, edit, and turn it in any time between now and then. Because of the amount of time given for this assignment, no extensions will be given and failure to turn in a B-roll piece by Friday, May 4th will result in a grade of zero for this video project. Thank you for understanding.

04.09.18 – 04.13.19

This week in Drama:

6th graders begin exploring proper audience etiquette for theatrical performances.  They will finish the week with voice projection and Theater Safety.

7th graders are rehearsing either a dialogue scene or a monologue (they chose which one they wanted to perform).  They will begin performances by the end of the week.

8th graders will be writing their scripts for their original musicals this week.  By the end of the week, we will discuss blocking and staging, as well as marketing of a musical.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students will begin to explore music videos this week.  Then, their teams will begin pre-production of their own music video.

Reminder:  Less than one month away from the due date for their B-Roll assignment!

Also, students have been given their B-roll assignment for the spring. They must collect video footage from an event here at Durham and edit the footage into a 30 second piece to air on our morning news. They will also need to write a script for our anchors to read to go along with the B-roll. This video is not due until May 4th, but students should not wait until then to turn it in. They are welcome to collect footage, edit, and turn it in any time between now and then. Because of the amount of time given for this assignment, no extensions will be given and failure to turn in a B-roll piece by Friday, May 4th will result in a grade of zero for this video project. Thank you for understanding.

03.26.18-03.30.18

This week in Drama:

6th graders begin the week writing and rehearsing a pantomimed scene.  They’ll then perform them and we’ll explore how they felt onstage and how to deal with stage fright.

7th graders are comparing theater to other art forms.  Then, we’ll cover audience etiquette and stage fright before moving into monologues and dialogues.

8th graders have been placed onto teams to produce and write a musical.  This week will be spent selecting their song, assigning roles on their teams, and beginning to develop their storylines.

This week in Broadcasting:

This week is a very exciting week in our Broadcasting class.  To expose the students to real people that we know who work in the industry, we will have a different guest speaker in our class each day this week.  Students have already been pre-taught about the speaker’s backgrounds, so they are prepped to ask many questions.  They are so excited about these visitors (as am I!)!

Also, students have been given their B-roll assignment for the spring. They must collect video footage from an event here at Durham and edit the footage into a 30 second piece to air on our morning news. They will also need to write a script for our anchors to read to go along with the B-roll. This video is not due until May 4th, but students should not wait until then to turn it in. They are welcome to collect footage, edit, and turn it in any time between now and then. Because of the amount of time given for this assignment, no extensions will be given and failure to turn in a B-roll piece by Friday, May 4th will result in a grade of zero for this video project. Thank you for understanding.

3.19.18-3.23.18

This week in Drama:
6th graders are rehearsing and performing some skits just to “get their feet wet” in the acting world. By the end of the week, we will begin to study the history of theater as a whole and begin to be introduced to Pantomime.

7th graders will begin the 9 weeks by exploring various time periods in theatrical history and by participating in a gallery walk through those time periods.

8th graders will perform a short “Welcome to the World of Theater” skit and will move into the history of Broadway musicals by the end of the week.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students are completing their “Day in the Life of an Inanimate Object” projects. This week we’ll view and evaluate each other’s work and then we’ll move into exploring career opportunities in the broadcasting industry.

Also, students have been given their B-roll assignment for the spring. They must collect video footage from an event here at Durham and edit the footage into a 30 second piece to air on our morning news. They will also need to write a script for our anchors to read to go along with the B-roll. This video is not due until May 4th, but students should not wait until then to turn it in. They are welcome to collect footage, edit, and turn it in any time between now and then. Because of the amount of time given for this assignment, no extensions will be given and failure to turn in a B-roll piece by Friday, May 4th will result in a grade of zero for this video project. Thank you for understanding.

03.05.18 – 03.09.18

This week in Drama:
The Vocabulary Folder project will be due for all students on this Friday. They will be allowed the first 10 minutes of each class to check their project against the rubric and to make any adjustments they need to make to ensure a 100 on this.

6th graders are performing a folk tale Shadow Puppet show. They will then move into using hand puppets to perform again.

7th graders are finishing up their storytelling performances. They will complete a self-critique and then we will master our improvisational skills through improv performances.

8th graders have one final day of rehearsals on Monday, then the teams will perform their musicals. By the end of the week, they will complete peer reviews of their teammates and will reflect on the project as a whole.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students are filming their newest video project. This one is for “A day in the life of an inanimate object” and students will be editing these by the end of the week.

Also, students have been given their B-roll assignment for the spring. They must collect video footage from an event here at Durham and edit the footage into a 30 second piece to air on our morning news. They will also need to write a script for our anchors to read to go along with the B-roll. This video is not due until May 4th, but students should not wait until then to turn it in. They are welcome to collect footage, edit, and turn it in any time between now and then. Because of the amount of time given for this assignment, no extensions will be given and failure to turn in a B-roll piece by Friday, May 4th will result in a grade of zero for this video project. Thank you for understanding.

02.26.18 – 03.02.18

This week in Drama:

All three grade levels come into class daily and have the first 10 minutes to work on their quarter-long Vocabulary project. Please encourage your student to stay on top of these terms as the final project is worth a Performance Grade at the end of the quarter.  This week is the last week of defining new words.  Vocab Quiz 2 will be this Friday.

6th graders are being introduced to puppetry at the beginning of the week.  They will be put on teams and will create shadow puppets to perform a folk tale. 

7th graders will spend a few minutes rehearsing to refresh their stories, then we will begin storytelling performances.  By the end of the week, all will have performed and each student will complete a self-critique.

8th graders are finishing their set models for their musical.  The rest of the week will be spent on rehearsals with performances being next week.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are working on new video projects.  This one is for “A day in the life of an inanimate object.”  The beginning of this week will be spent on planning with scripts and storyboards.  Filming and editing will next week.

Also, students have been given their B-roll assignment for the spring. They must collect video footage from an event here at Durham and edit the footage into a 30 second piece to air on our morning news. They will also need to write a script for our anchors to read to go along with the B-roll. This video is not due until May 4th, but students should not wait until then to turn it in. They are welcome to collect footage, edit, and turn it in any time between now and then. Because of the amount of time given for this assignment, no extensions will be given and failure to turn in a B-roll piece by Friday, May 4th will result in a grade of zero for this video project. Thank you for understanding.

02.12.18 – 02.16.18

This week in Drama:

All three grade levels come into class daily and have the first 10 minutes to work on their quarter-long Vocabulary project. Please encourage your student to stay on top of these terms as the final project is worth a Performance Grade at the end of the quarter.

6th graders are spending the week exploring costume design.  They have been assigned a character and will design a costume for it. 

7th graders are developing stories to tell for a Storytelling performance.  This week will be spent revising and rehearsing their performances.  These performances will need to be between 3 to 5 minutes in length and will be performed after the break.

8th graders have a lot of things due this week for their musicals.  Costume designs, their advertising posters and flyers, and the completion of their binders.  The set models will be due after the break. 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are finishing their PSA’s for the World of 7 Billion contest.  Unfortunately, so many of them have had technical issues that I’ve had to give some of them an alternate assignment.  This is very disappointing because I know they have worked really hard on these.

Also, students have been given their B-roll assignment for the spring. They must collect video footage from an event here at Durham and edit the footage into a 30 second piece to air on our morning news. They will also need to write a script for our anchors to read to go along with the B-roll. This video is not due until May 4th, but students should not wait until then to turn it in. They are welcome to collect footage, edit, and turn it in any time between now and then. Because of the amount of time given for this assignment, no extensions will be given and failure to turn in a B-roll piece by Friday, May 4th will result in a grade of zero for this video project. Thank you for understanding.