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.

10.30.17 – 11.3.17

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 performing their Pantomimed scenes in the early part of the week.  Then, we will move into exploring Performance Anxiety and Audience Etiquette.

7th graders are exploring how different audiences behave at different types of venues.  We will do a quick study of Performance Anxiety and learn a few techniques to help with stage fright before moving into Dialogue.

8th graders are assigning roles and responsibilities for their musicals.  They will then begin to develop characters and stories, and write their scripts.

This week in Broadcasting:

This week we will study Journalism Ethics and the importance of accuracy in journalism.  After that, we will try to tell the difference between fake news and real news.  After that, we will begin our study of different journalists in history.

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.

10.23.17 – 10.27.17

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 will begin the week being introduced to Pantomime.  They will then be given an assignment where they have to write a 12 step pantomime, rehearse, and then perform it in front of the class.

7th graders created their charts for the History of Theater gallery walk.  We plan to complete those graphic organizers on Monday and move into other things.  Among the things to cover:  Compare/Contrast Theater to other fine arts, relaxation and breathing techniques, and audience etiquette.

8th graders are finishing their introduction to Broadway musicals.  This week, the teams will be announced and teams will begin to explore song selections and role responsibilities.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have learned the proper way to give and receive constructive criticism.  They are still reviewing the completed videos.  After that, we will move into exploring B roll before starting new video projects.

10.16.17 – 10.20-17

This week in Drama:
Being conference week, our class periods are shortened this week. However, we are doing our best to cover as much material as we can in the shortened amount of time.

All three grade levels have set up their vocabulary folders and are prepared to begin defining terms for 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 their week with an understanding of the history of theater. Then, we’ll move into Pantomime.

7th graders are working on completing graphic organizers about different time periods in theatrical history. They will have a gallery walk by the end of the week.

8th graders have begun to be introduced to Broadway Musicals. This week we are watching clips from DVDs that help explain how the musical became synonymous with Broadway. After that, they’ll move into beginning to produce their own musicals.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students begin the week by completing peer reviews on the team members they had on their last video project. We will then explore constructive criticism a bit before watching and critiquing their finalized videos.

10.9.17 – 10.13.17

This week in Drama:

We have all new students in Drama with this week being the beginning of a new quarter.

All three grade levels will spend the first few days understanding the syllabus and getting ready for a great quarter.

6th graders will then rehearse and perform 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.

7th graders will begin the 9 weeks with improvisational skits performed through classroom games. They also will finish the week with an introduction to the history of theater.

8th graders will jump right into techniques they need to know about writing a play.  They 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 editing their recently filmed pieces.  They will turn the finished videos in by Wednesday, at which time we will complete peer reviews and critique the finished videos.

10.2.17-10.6.17

This week in Drama:
The vocabulary folder projects have been turned in. Students are allowed a “second chance” to correct errors and receive half credit for the things that were left out of the project. Last chance to turn them in is Friday, October 6th.

6th graders are learning about Puppetry this week. They will rehearse and perform puppet shows by the end of the week.

7th graders are performing their developed stories as a performance grade in the Storytelling unit.

8th graders are being introduced to William Shakespeare. They will be rehearsing and performing a middle school version of Romeo and Juliet in the classroom.

This week in Broadcasting:
Students are filming new video projects. By the end of the week they should be in the editing phase of production.

09.18.17 – 09.22.17

This week in Drama:
The second vocab quiz for Drama classes will be Wednesday, September 20th.
The vocabulary folder projects are due on Friday, September 22nd.

6th graders are looking at the difference careers available in theater productions. After that, they will learn about costuming and will design a stage costume for a character.

7th graders are creating some cue cards to help them with their storytelling performance. After that, they will begin rehearsing. They will spend a lot of time rehearsing this week, preparing for the performances after fall break.

8th graders are performing their musicals this week. After all of the performances, they will complete peer reviews and complete a reflection of the project as a whole.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have demonstrated their knowledge of camera angles and the use of the equipment/editing software. This week they will explore continuity errors, critiques, B-roll, and location scouting.

09.11.17 – 09.15.17

This week in Drama:

The second vocab quiz for Drama classes has been pushed to Wednesday, September 20th.

6th graders are being exposed to appropriate audience etiquette. They will demonstrate expected behaviors at a theatrical event. Then, we will move into voice projection techniques and careers in theater.

7th graders are coming up with ideas for their storytelling performance. After they decide which story to tell, they will begin developing it and drawing cue cards to help them during their performance. Then, there will be lots of rehearsal time before their actual performance.

8th graders are diligently rehearsing their musicals and getting ready to perform. The storm set us back a little bit so performances may not happen until next week, but more rehearsal will only strengthen their performances.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are finishing editing their scavenger hunt pieces and finishing their script and storyboard practice. This is taking longer than planned due to technical issues faced during their first real editing assignment. We will then move into learning ways to prevent continuity errors in filmmaking.

09.05.17 – 09.08.17

This week in Drama:

6th graders are exploring ways to cope with performance anxiety. After that, we will discuss appropriate audience etiquette and voice projection. 

7th graders are finishing up their dialogue performances and will then move into storytelling as a theatrical art. 

8th graders have turned in their costume designs, advertising materials, and are almost finished designing their sets.  This week will be spent on rehearsals so we can do our performances in class next week. 

This week in Broadcasting:

Students have learned about camera angles, how to use the filming equipment, and how to navigate the editing program.  Now, they are putting that knowledge to work as they complete a scavenger hunt on teams.  They are also practicing writing a two column script and drawing a storyboard to go along with it.