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.

11.12.18 – 11.16.18

Morning Tutoring Labs have begun! 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:

Each student needs 20 notecards this 9 weeks to create flash cards with their vocabulary words. Please send those in with your student ASAP. 

6th graders are going to begin the week exploring Theater Safety.  Then, they will perform some Reader’s Theater skits.

7th graders will finish their monologue/dialogue performances and will then be introduced to Storytelling as a Theatrical art.

8th graders will spend this week as a work week for their musicals.  Due Friday, November 16th is each team’s poster, flyer, designed costumes, designed sets, shoebox set model, and organized binders.  The class periods this week will be spent working on completing all of those things.

This week in Broadcasting:

Students are turning in their “People in the Industry” projects and each student will make his/her presentation to the class this week.

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.

11.05.18 – 11.09.18

School Information:  Morning Tutoring Labs will begin Monday, 11/5

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.

If your student is interested in attending, they 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:

Each student needs 20 notecards this 9 weeks to create flash cards with their vocabulary words. Please send those in with your student ASAP.  All Drama students will have their first Vocabulary quiz on Friday, November 9th.  This covers their first 10 vocabulary terms.

6th graders are finishing their pantomimed scenes in the early part of the week. After that, we will talk about Stage fright and explore strategies to use to fight stage fright.  Then, we will move into voice projection techniques.

7th graders have been partnered for a dialogue scene.  We will begin the week exploring ways to give constructive criticism and then the students will perform their scenes and receive a critique from a peer.

8th graders will begin understanding the Blocking and Staging process of a play.  We will then explore Marketing and Publicity, Costumes, and Set Building.  After that, students will be released to work on all of these areas of their musical.

This week in Broadcasting:

We begin the week with an overview of People in the Broadcasting industry.  Some of these people are news reporters, some are producers, some are actors, some are music composers…there are many different jobs that are filled by amazing professionals.  Students will be able to choose a person from a list of professionals and will complete a presentation on that person.  We will be in the computer lab Wednesday – Friday of this week preparing a PowerPoint or Prezi (or other type) of presentation and will present those to the class next week.

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.

10.29.18 – 11.02.18

This week in Drama:
Each student needs 20 notecards this 9 weeks to create flash cards with their vocabulary words. Please send those in with your student ASAP.

6th graders are being introduced to Pantomime and will be assigned a topic. With the topic, they’ll need to write a 12 step pantomime, rehearse it, and perform it from memory. After that, we will talk about Stage fright and explore strategies to use to fight stage fright.

7th graders will begin Introduction to Dialogue this week. They will be partnered together and assigned a script that they will rehearse and perform in class. These do not need to be memorized.

8th graders are working on developing their stories for their musical project. They will be writing scripts and working on choreography this week.

This week in Broadcasting:
With it being the 80th anniversary of the original War of the Worlds radio broadcast, students are learning about and listening to the original radio broadcast. After this, we will explore Ethics in Journalism and will then begin a unit on Professionals in the Industry.

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.

10.22.18-10.26.18

This week in Drama:
All three grade levels will begin their vocabulary projects this week. 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 will explore the History of Theater at the beginning of the week. Then, they’ll move into Audience Etiquette before beginning Pantomime.

7th graders are completing their wall charts and will do a Gallery Walk as soon as all time periods are complete. They will then explore Voice, Audience Etiquette, and Stage Fright.

8th graders will find out their teams this week for their musicals project. They’ll begin selecting the song they’ll use and will begin assigning roles for the project.

 

This week in Broadcasting:
Students have finished their videos and now it’s time to view and critique them. We’ll explore Constructive Criticism before viewing and evaluating the 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.

10.15.18 – 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.