10.15.18 – 10.19.18

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 are behind schedule on editing their videos, but should be finished very soon.  After that, we will explore Constructive Criticism before viewing and offering feedback on the completed videos.

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.

 

 

10.08.18-10.12.18

This week in Drama:

All three grade levels will have an End of the Quarter test on Tuesday, October 9.  They have all received a study guide.  Our last day together as a class will be Wednesday, October 10th as students will receive new connection schedules for the next 9 weeks on Thursday, October 11th.

6th graders have learned a lot about puppetry last week.  This week, we’ll explore various ways to critique a performance.

7th graders have been assigned a script and a team.  They will be rehearsing and performing in Reader’s Theater this week. 

8th graders have performed, critiqued, and reflected upon the Musicals Unit.  They have received scripts and have been assigned to teams.  They will be rehearsing and performing in Reader’s Theater this week. 

 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have filmed their video projects and will begin editing on Monday.  The target for this project to be finished is Friday, October 12. 

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.

10.01.18-10.05.18

This week in Drama:

Students are receiving their graded vocab folders back today (Monday).  If they are not satisfied with the grade they received, they are welcome to follow the rubric and fix the areas where they didn’t receive full credit.  After they’ve updated it, they can turn it back into me a second time.  I will grade it a second time and they will be able to receive HALF credit between their current grade and their new grade.  They are allowed to turn them in any day this week, but Friday, October 5th will be the last day I can accept them. 

6th graders will explore the History of Theater this week.  They will then be introduced to Puppetry.  They will be using the textbook to read about shadow puppetry and hand puppets.  We will then explore evaluation of theater and media.

7th graders have finished the storytelling unit and grades have been entered.  Like the vocabulary project, I have given students an opportunity to increase the grade they received on the Storytelling Performance if they wish.  This is optional, but all students have been made aware of the opportunity and Friday, October 5th is the last day that I can accept them.  This week, 7th graders will learn a few improvisational techniques and each will participate in an Improv scene.  After that, they will be assigned scripts and perform short skits as teams.

8th graders will finish writing their rough drafts of their theatrical performance critique.  They will spend Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the computer lab typing it up, following MLA format to support their writing in their Language Arts classes. 

On Friday, all three grade levels will review what we’ve learned this 9 weeks.  They will complete a study guide and we will go over it as a class.  An End of the Quarter Quiz will be given on Tuesday, October 9th based on the questions from this study guide. 

 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have written their scripts and drawn their storyboards for their new video projects.  They will be filming this week with the goal of being finished filming by Friday. 

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.

09.17.17 – 09.21.18

This week in Drama:

All grade levels have their vocabulary folders to turn in by this Friday, September 21.  All students have been given a rubric and have been strongly encouraged to take a few minutes at the beginning of class every day to check their folder against the rubric.  They are allowed to turn them in any day this week, but the due date isn’t actually until Friday.  Please encourage your student to check their project against the rubric as this counts as a “Performance Grade” and is weighted heavier than “Participation.”

6th graders are designing and creating a costume for a character that they’ve been assigned.  The costumes will be created on a figure that is on a piece of card stock (think: paper doll type thing), so nothing true to size.  They will use classroom materials that are provided to them.

7th graders are performing their stories this week.  By the end of the week we will close the unit and complete a self-critique.

8th graders are performing their musicals and taking notes to critique another of the musicals.  The latter part of this week will be spent writing a rough draft for a Musical Critique that they will need to write.  We will type those in the computer lab after fall break.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are learning the importance of continuity, and also practicing scripting and storyboarding.  New video projects will be announced this week and students will begin preplanning.  Filming will take place after fall break.  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.

Improv classes

The Art Station-Big Shanty has a Youth Improv Class beginning this Saturday, September 15. The details are below:

Youth Improv 101 (Ages 9 – 14)
Students will learn the basics of improv comedy such as accepting, communication, scene work, and the fun of working as a team. The last class will end with a short performance by the students.
Instructor: John Dorsey
Fees: $68 (R) / $102 (NR)
(8 weeks):
Saturday September 15 – November 10
10:00am – 11:00am

9.10.18 – 9.14.18

This week in Drama:

6th graders are will be focusing on theater safety this week. After they’ve completed that, they’ll move into costuming.

7th graders are narrowing down which story they’ll tell for their Storytelling performance. They will begin refining it and creating cue cards to guide them while they tell it. After rehearsals, they’ll begin telling their stories in front of the class audience.

8th graders are have completed their costume designs and set models. Their advertising posters and flyers are also complete. This week they’ll focus on rehearsing and perfecting their performances. We will cover Performance Critiques, as they will be expected to write a critique about one of the other performances. Performances will be next Monday and Tuesday (9/17 and 9/18) in the classroom.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students are working on a scavenger hunt around the school. They are being asked to get particular camera angles on film and to label them using the editing software. This is being done on teams, and will need to experience the importance of teamwork. 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.

09.04.18 – 09.07.18

This week in Drama:

6th graders are exploring strategies to be used when faced with stage fright.  After that, we will look at appropriate audience etiquette and voice projection.

7th graders are finishing the dialogue performances.  As soon as those are completed, we’ll move into storytelling as a theatrical art.

8th graders are now in full on “work” mode as they complete their advertising posters, set designs, costume designs, and flyers.  Those will take several work days for their team, but after that they will rehearse their musicals with the dancing scenes. Performances are tentatively scheduled to be on 9/17, 9/18 in the classroom. We’ll know more specifically as the project develops.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have finished their movie maker practice and are now ready to begin producing their first filmed piece for the class.  They’ve learned how to use the camera equipment, the basics of film storytelling, camera angles, and editing.  They are now exploring the phases of Pre Production and will then be released on teams to complete their first film project, which is a scavenger hunt around the school.  They’ll be asked to get particular camera angles on film and to label them using the editing software.  This will be done on teams, which have already been created by me.   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.

8.27.18 – 8.31.18

This week in Drama:
6th graders are continuing to perform their Pantomime scenes. When we finish performances, we will begin to explore Stage Fright and Audience Etiquette.  6th graders will also have their first vocabulary quiz this Friday covering the first 10 vocab terms.

7th graders are performing their monologues and dialogues, while audience members critique the performances and make suggestions for improvement. Once all of the performances are complete, students will begin to explore Storytelling as a theatrical art.

8th graders are working on various aspects of their musicals. Scripts are complete so some rehearsals are beginning to take place while they work on blocking and staging their performance, as well as how to publicize it. This week will be spent designing costumes, sets, flyers, and organizing their team binders. Performances are tentatively scheduled to be on 9/17, 9/18, and 9/19 in the classroom. We’ll know more specifically as the project develops.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students are continuing to work on an assignment that will give them exposure to Window’s Movie Maker. It is just for practice, as some of them have never used Movie Maker before. After that, we will begin to explore the phases of Pre-Production (scripts and storyboard practice). 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.

8.20.18 – 8.24.18

This week in Drama:

6th graders are getting settled in.  This week will be their first week with vocabulary words.  We will begin the week with Pantomime games.  Then, they will be given an assignment to prepare and perform a Pantomimed scene.  Throughout the week they will rehearse and then they will perform towards the end of the week.

7th graders have been introduced to monologue and dialogue.  They have received scripts and are rehearsing their scenes.  They will perform these in class this week and will also critique another performance.  Their first 10 word vocabulary quiz will be this Friday, August 25.

8th graders are still writing their scripts.  These are due at the end of class on Wednesday.  Then, they will move into Blocking/Staging and Marketing/Publicity.  Their first 10 word vocabulary quiz will be this Friday, August 25.  Performances are tentatively scheduled to be on 9/17, 9/18, and 9/19 in the classroom.  We’ll know more specifically as the project develops.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are working on an assignment that will give them exposure to Window’s Movie Maker.  It is just for practice, as some of them have never used Movie Maker before.  After that, we will begin to explore the phases of Pre-Production (scripts and storyboard practice).  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.

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.