02.11.19 – 02.15.19

This week in Drama:
Please make sure Drama students are bringing notecards to class for their vocabulary projects. They will only need 20 for the quarter, but they will be an important part of their vocabulary project.

6th graders have designed and are creating costumes for different characters. Once those are complete, we will do a little more acting with Reader’s Theater and Improv games.

7th graders are beginning to narrow down which story they’ll tell for the Storytelling as a Theatrical Art performance. This week will be spent developing their story, creating cue cards, and rehearsing.

8th graders have created just about everything they need for their productions. This week will be spent rehearsing lines, scenes, and choreography.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students are completing their PSA’s for a student video contest being sponsored by www.worldof7billion.org
These completed PSA’s will be due on Wednesday, February 13th.

02.04.19 – 02.08.19

This week in Drama:

We are halfway through our class vocabulary project and some students still are not bringing the supplies they need.  Please make sure Drama students are bringing notecards to class for their vocabulary projects. They will only need 20 for the quarter, but they will be an important part of their vocabulary project.

6th graders are creating posters with teammates about theater safety this week.  After that, we will begin to explore costuming.

7th graders are completing their monologue and dialogue performances.  Once done, we will move into Storytelling as a Theatrical Art.

8th graders are well on their way to producing their musical.  This week they will be working on all completing all the aspects that have been presented to them so far.  As teams, they are designing costumes, creating advertising posters, creating a flyer for their musical, designing the set and creating a 3-D model of it using a shoe box, and organizing the binder they’ve been using to develop the entire project.  There are so many things that go into to producing a musical play, so this week students are working on completing those things.   

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are working on creating a PSA for a student video contest being sponsored by www.worldof7billion.org

These completed PSA’s will be due on Wednesday, February 13th.  Students will be creating and filming these projects this week with editing beginning by the end of the week. 

Students have also been given an assignment to evaluate 2 commercials from the Super Bowl.  Those are due on Wednesday, Feb 6 for full credit. 

1.28.19 – 02.01.19

This week in Drama:

Please make sure Drama students are bringing notecards to class for their vocabulary projects. They will only need 20 for the quarter, but they will be an important part of their vocabulary project. Vocabulary folder checks will begin next week, making sure everyone is “up to date” on the project.

6th graders have completed their Pantomime performances.  They now have first hand experience performing alone on stage, which means…it’s time to reflect on how they FELT while they performed and time to explore stage fright/performance anxiety a little.  We’ll start the week with that and will then work on Theater Safety.

7th graders have received scripts and have begun to rehearse.  Monday, they’ll explore Theatrical critiques (as they’ll need to critique another team’s performance), and then we’ll begin performances.

8th graders have completed writing the scripts for their musicals.  This week will be spent exploring other aspects of productions such as Blocking/Staging, Marking/Publicity, Costuming, Creating sets, and designing flyers. 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have completed their PSA video projects and we are moving into a new unit.  This unit will explore PSA’s on a global scale.  The students will be informed about global issues tied to the number of people on the planet and will be charged with coming up with a sustainable solution for one of the issues.  They’ll then need to create a PSA about that issue.  This is part of a video contest for Worldof7billion.org if you’d like to look it up.

Also, regarding the issues with Remind…  Verizon has changed their stance on the issue of charging its customers for using Remind.  Therefore, Verizon customers should NOT experience any issues with continuing to use Remind. 

 

1.22.19 – 1.25.19

This week in Drama:

Please make sure Drama students are bringing notecards to class for their vocabulary projects. They will only need 20 for the quarter, but they will be an important part of their vocabulary project.

6th graders are being introduced to Pantomime as a theatrical art.  They will receive an assigned task to write a scene for, will spend time rehearsing, and will then perform the pantomimed scene by the end of the week.

7th graders will explore stage fright a little, and will then be introduced to Dialogue and Monologue.  They will receive a script to rehears and perform.

8th graders are spending the week writing their scripts for the musicals project.  This is the most difficult part of the project and will take focus and dedication from your student.  Please discuss this with them as we get through this portion of the project.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are working on PSA’s as teams. They will be editing these pieces this week and will turn them in by Friday, January 25th.

Also, in Broadcasting, there has been some discussion about the Remind app beginning to charge Verizon customers for messages.  Due to that, we are exploring a new group messaging option for teachers to communicate with students.  GroupMe seems to be one that many production teams use.  I’ve created a GroupMe page and students can access it and sign up for messages using the following link:

https://groupme.com/join_group/47397726/51oFBc

 

1.14.19 – 1.18.19

This week in Drama:
Please make sure Drama students are bringing notecards to class for their vocabulary projects. They will only need 20 for the quarter, but they will be an important part of their vocabulary project. They will need these notecards beginning this week.

6th graders are finishing their skits at the early part of this week. After that, students will explore the History of Theater and then will learn about appropriate audience etiquette.

7th graders are starting the week with a History of Theater gallery walk before exploring audience etiquette and performance anxiety.

8th graders will be spending the week meeting their teams, selecting songs for their musicals and assigning responsibilities for roles within their teams.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students are working on PSA’s as teams. This week will be spent filming their pieces.

01.07.19 – 01.11.19

This week in Drama:
All three grade levels are setting up their vocabulary folders and learning class routines and procedures. Students will each need 20 notecards this 9 weeks to create flash cards with their vocabulary words. Please send those in with your student ASAP.

6th graders open the quarter with an Introduction to Acting by rehearsing and performing short skits as teams. After that, we explore History of Theater.

7th graders jump right into the History of Theater by working on teams to complete a wall chart about a particular time period.

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:
Students start the week learning the importance of scouting for a good location to film.  Then, we will explore Public Service Announcements and what makes them effective.  Students will then be introduced to their next video projects which will be creating a PSA for our school.

12.17.18 – 12.21.18

Drama students are receiving their graded Vocabulary Folders back on Monday. They’ll have until Friday to make revisions and turn it back in for half credit if they choose. This is an opportunity for them to increase their grade on this project that counts as a Performance grade.
All 3 grade levels are having an End of the Quarter test on Tuesday, December 17th. They’ve all received study guides during a class review last week and should prepare for the test using the study guide.

This week in Drama:
6th graders will perform their hand puppet shows, take their EOQ test, and explore William Shakespeare just a bit before the end of the week.

7th graders have finished their storytelling performances. This week, they’ll reflect on those projects, take their EOQ tests, and participate in Reader’s Theater and Improv games to improve their acting skills. Students who were not satisfied with their grade on the storytelling performances have been offered an opportunity to complete an alternative assignment that can replace the grade they received on the oral performance. This alternative assignment must be turned in by Wednesday, December 19th and no late work will be accepted. This is optional.

8th graders will perform a middle school version of Romeo and Juliet in the classroom as a Reader’s Theater performance. They’ll then take their EOQ test and will explore Shakespeare’s Hamlet before the end of the week.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students have encountered some filming issues on their current projects. This has delayed the completion of the projects, but students have been given Wednesday. December 19 as a firm due date.

 

12.10.18 – 12.14.18

Morning Tutoring Labs are available! ALL STUDENTS are invited!!

8th grade science will meet at 8:15 on Mondays.  ELA for all grades will meet at 8:15 on Wednesdays.  Math for all grades will meet at 8:15 on Thursdays.  Interested students should report to the cafeteria at 8:15 am and they will be picked up by the tutoring teacher. No student will be admitted to the morning lab after 8:25 AM.

This week in Drama:

All 3 grade levels will need to turn in their Vocabulary Folders and Flash Cards by this Friday.  This Vocabulary Folder Project counts as a Performance grade, so students should spend warm up time in class each day this week comparing their folders to the rubric to make sure they meet all of the expectations.

All 3 grade levels will also get a study guide this week for an End of the Quarter quiz that will be given next week.

6th graders are finishing Shadow Puppet performances, and will then move into hand puppets.  They’ll spend a day or two rehearsing and will perform hand puppet shows by the end of the week.

7th graders are performing the stories they’ve developed.  These should be 3-5 minutes in length.

8th graders are meeting in the computer lab during the first part of this week to type out their 5 paragraph essay style musical critique.  After that, they will complete a peer review of each member of their team and reflect on the Musical project as a whole.

 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are filming during the beginning part of this week and will be editing their video projects toward the end of the week.  Target date for completed video is Friday, December 14. 

If you’d like to sign up for the Broadcasting Class text notifications using the Remind app, simply text the message @1819dmsbc to the number 81010. I send out a message every Sunday evening of who is on the News Team for that week.

12.03.18 – 12.07.18

Morning Tutoring Labs are available! ALL STUDENTS are invited!!

8th grade science will meet at 8:15 on Mondays.  ELA for all grades will meet at 8:15 on Wednesdays.  Math for all grades will meet at 8:15 on Thursdays.  Interested students should report to the cafeteria at 8:15 am and they will be picked up by the tutoring teacher. No student will be admitted to the morning lab after 8:25 AM.

This week in Drama:

All 3 grade levels will have their second Vocabulary Quiz this Friday, December 7th.

6th graders are finishing their costume creations.  Then, they’ll be introduced to puppetry and begin working on different types of puppet shows.  They’ll begin with shadow puppetry before moving into hand puppets.

7th graders are developing and rehearsing their stories that they’ll perform.  This week will be spent on creating cue cards and rehearsing.

8th graders are performing their musical productions in the classroom this week!  I am super excited to see what they’ve created!  They’ll also take notes on another team’s production so they’ll be able to write a 5 paragraph essay style critique on a performance after all have been done.  The latter part of the week will be spent drafting that critique so we can write them in the computer lab next week.

 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are developing new video projects.  They will be filming this week and should start editing by the end of the week.

They will also be working on more script and storyboard practice a little each day as a warm up activity.  These practice sheets will be graded on Friday, December 7th.

In addition to that, the ongoing “Wildcat Way Critique” assignment is due on Friday, December 7th.  This is where students were asked to critique 5 of our morning broadcasts over the course of the past month or so.  They have 10 more episodes (including today’s) available to critique if they haven’t started this yet.

If you’d like to sign up for the Broadcasting Class text notifications using the Remind app, simply text the message @1819dmsbc to the number 81010. I send out a message every Sunday evening of who is on the News Team for that week.

11.26.18 – 11.30.18

Morning Tutoring Labs are available! ALL STUDENTS are invited!!

8th grade science will meet at 8:15 on Mondays.  ELA for all grades will meet at 8:15 on Wednesdays.  Math for all grades will meet at 8:15 on Thursdays.  Interested students should report to the cafeteria at 8:15 am and they will be picked up by the tutoring teacher. No student will be admitted to the morning lab after 8:25 AM.

This week in Drama:

6th graders are moving into Costuming.  We’ll spend some time exploring the details of how to create a believable costume and then students will design and create a costume on paper.  After that, students will be introduced to puppetry.

7th graders are beginning the Storytelling as a Theatrical Art unit.  This week will be spent understanding storytelling techniques and students will then begin developing their own stories to perform.

8th graders have completely designed everything needed to put on a short musical.  This week is dedicated to rehearsals, with performances taking place in the classroom next week.

 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are finishing their “People in the Industry” presentations.  Once those are complete, students will explore strategies used to scout for a good location and will then be given new video projects.

They will also be working on more script and storyboard practice a little each day as a warm up activity.  These practice sheets will be graded on Friday, December 7th.

In addition to that, the ongoing “Wildcat Way Critique” assignment is due on Friday, December 7th.  This is where students were asked to critique 5 of our morning broadcasts over the course of the past month or so.  They have 10 more episodes (including today’s) available to critique if they haven’t started this yet.

If you’d like to sign up for the Broadcasting Class text notifications using the Remind app, simply text the message @1819dmsbc to the number 81010. I send out a message every Sunday evening of who is on the News Team for that week.