11.27.17 – 12.01.17

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 being introduced to Puppetry this week.  They will be assigned to a team and will create puppets for a shadow puppetry performance.

7th graders are moving into the Storytelling unit….this is so much fun and students tell the most entertaining stories!  They will begin selecting their story and developing it throughout this week.

8th graders have created amazing musicals…this week is dedicated to rehearsing those so that they may perform them in class next week. 

This week in Broadcasting:

We begin the week finishing the Journalists in History presentations.  After that, students will explore different types of news stories, as well as the importance of location scouting.  By the end of the week they will be introduced to new video projects and will be planning those with their teams.

NOTE:  All Broadcasting students have been assigned a “B-roll” assignment.  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 December 8th, 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, December 8th will result in a grade of zero for this video project.  Thank you for understanding.

11.13.17 – 11.17.17

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 starting the week by taking a “field trip” to our school’s theater.  They will be exposed to the technical aspects of the theater, as well as learn about theater safety.  Then, they will finish the week with Costuming.

7th graders are performing their dialogue scenes.  When they finish those performances, they will be introduced to Improv and will practice their improvisational skills through acting games.

8th graders have now learned about many different responsibilities that are involved in producing a musical.  This week is a “work week” where they will finish designing their advertising poster, costumes, and flyers.  They will design their sets and create shoebox models of them, and will rehearse their musicals using their scripts while they choreograph dance routines to the song. 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have completed presentations on a journalist in history and will be presenting these to the class this week.  The presentations are each 5-8 minutes long, so it will take some time to get through all of them.  We are looking forward to seeing how much information the students have been able to find about these famous journalists in history.

NOTE:  All Broadcasting students have been assigned a “B-roll” assignment.  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 December 8th, 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, December 8th will result in a grade of zero for this video project.  Thank you for understanding.

 

Other due dates for Broadcasting:

Bias in the Media Poll – due Friday, November 17

Wildcat Way Today News Show Critiques – due Friday, December 15

11.6.17 – 11.10.17

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 participating in a Performance Anxiety activity.  I tell them that sometimes you don’t ever get over a fear, but you learn strategies to get THROUGH it.  After they finish this activity and reflect upon it, students will move into Audience Etiquette and Careers in Theater.

7th graders are rehearsing Dialogue scenes to perform with a partner.  They will learn how to give constructive criticism to performers and will begin performing their scenes by the end of the week.

8th graders have written their scripts for their musicals.  They begin the week learning about blocking and staging their plays, then will explore marketing and publicity, costuming, and set design.

This week in Broadcasting:

This week we have been introduced to exploring the history of journalism by studying various journalists.  Students select their journalist on Monday and work on creating a Prezi or a PowerPoint in the computer lab Wednesday through Friday.  Some of this assignment may need to be completed at home.  The presentations are due Monday when students will begin presenting them to the class.

All Broadcasting students have been assigned a “B-roll” assignment.  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 December 8th, 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, December 8th will result in a grade of zero for this video project.  Thank you for understanding.