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.

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.