Drama

5.2: Student’s have been working on fairy tale unit (6th); 8th graders are working on improv; all final project specs/rubrics are on the documents page for print out

4.11-(6th grade only)  After reading The Prince and the Pauper in class, do the following: Task for Diary Entry : Imagine you could swap your clothes and your life with someone for a week. Who would you swap with, and why? You could choose anyone, from anywhere in the world, who is living now or who lived in the past. Write a page of your diary for that week. Say what is different about your new life, and what you like and do not like about it. Is there anything you miss about your old life? You may write as one long entry, or you may indicate specific days of the week (day 1, day 2, etc)

3.7-3.11: Wrapping up the reading of Pygmalion (6th) and Twelfth Night (8th); 6th graders assigned a BIOPOEM–directions and handout given in class–A day students due date: 3.15; B day students due date 3.14

8th grade–made some fun REBUS strips with Shakespeare’s quotations from Twelfth Night. We will view the last part of Act V in class and have final discussions; Five Act Graphic Organizer will be due on Monday, 3.14 and open book test will take place same day.

 

3.1-3.4: 6th graders are doing amazing work with their Pygmalion readings in class! Thank you to all students who try a character voice! All students had a mini-lesson on IRONY and will record incidences of irony as they read through the text; Act III has a graphic organizer to use (5B will get it on 3.2; 8B has different task); all students (except 8B)will need to finish reading/listening to act iii and complete the study guide by Friday, 3.4; 8B students: we will read the “extra scene” on Friday.

8th grade: We continue to read through Twelfth Night and examine the character relationships; continue to chart the Five Act Drama Structure graphic organizer. Complete reading of Act III and study questions on the act; record any instances of irony you see!

SECOND SEMESTER

2.24-25: 6th graders: Finish reading/listening to Act II, Pygmalion; complete the graphic organizer (web with Eliza in the middle); 8th graders: Finish reading Act II, Twelfth Night; complete the Act II, inciting incidence, box on graphic organizer and complete the setting box.

Click on the link below to hear Twelfth Night read aloud–follow along in your text

Twelfth Night Audio

Click on the link below to hear Pygmalion read aloud–follow along in your text

Audio Pygmalion 

2.22-Sixth grade A day, complete the back side of the Act I handout (exposition)

The students will need the plays by February 2/16 (A day) & 2/17 (B day)

  • 8th grade: a copy of Twelfth Night ( preferred edition: Signet Classic)
  • 6th grade: a copy of Pygmalion (preferred editions: Dover Thrift or Barnes & Noble)

2.12: Students have recorded vocabulary for Chapter 6 (terms on DOC page); students made stage cross map and executed directions given by another student. 8th grade: look up 25 facts about Shakespeare. If absent, students should do the WEBQUEST for Shakespeare (go to docs page) and bring in next class.

8th grade: Twelfth Night online here: http://www.literaturepage.com/read/shakespeare_12thnight.html

6th grade: Pygmalion on line herehttp://www.gutenberg.org/files/3825/3825-h/3825-h.htm–scroll down till you see Act I!

 

2.8:;  Students completed an activity on audience etiquette and took a quiz; we did not get to the vocabulary as planned.

2.5: Next week we move into what audience etiquette means, defining some basic drama terms (you can print the words out on the docs page), and becoming aware of stage areas and positions.

 

1.25-1.29: All students who got their planner signed received extra credit in the grade portal! This week are getting to know one another through play participation (theater games) and students took a pretest on chapter one. A copy of Pygmalion is due in class on

The students will need the plays by February 2/16 (A day) & 2/17 (B day)

  • 8th grade: a copy of Twelfth Night ( preferred edition: Signet Classic) and Raisin in the Sun (preferred edition: Anchor Books)
  • 6th grade: a copy of Pygmalion (preferred editions: Dover Thrift or Barnes & Noble)

 

 

 

FIRST SEMESTER

*Students, I will be going to training on 1/19-1/21; this means all performance final projects (options #1 & 2) will need to be completed by Friday afternoon, 1/15. Options #3 & 4 can be turned in on the 19th and 20th (A & B) and put in the IN BIN for your respective class.

1.12: Some of the select Shoe Box Projects are on display in the media center, so drop by and take a peek!

*Students, I will be going to training on 1/19-1/21; this means all performance final projects (options #1 & 2) will need to be completed by Friday afternoon, 1/15.

1.7: Students, PLEASE READ the directions and rubrics concerning Final Projects. Too many people are asking questions about things that are CLEARLY STATED on these documents. Thank you.

1.4-1.8: All students will select a FINAL PROJECT this week; rubrics are on the DOCS page. All presentations will be made by 1/21. Students will work on these in class.

7th & 8th grade: Shoe Box Project due this week–they are looking spectacular!!

 

BREAK: All classes–I have uploaded the final project assignment choices and two of the rubrics (I have to make rubrics for the others, but I will load them ASAP) . If you want to get started early, go right ahead!7th and 8th graders, see below for info on the Set Design Shoe Box project.

 

Attention: UPDATE ON PROJECTS FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADES:

12.14-12.18: 7 & 8th graders are designing and creating a diorama. A rubric and Project Specs sheet was handed out in class. They area recreating a scene from a play they have read or watched an adaptation of. Students will take it home over the break, but the due dates are as follows:             B Day–January 7, A day–January 8

6th graders: Wrapping up Oliver!; study guides will count as a quiz grade; students will summarize an excerpt from Oliver Twist; students will also have the option of writing a new ending for the movie Oliver! for their final project in January.

12.7-8: Wrapping up R&J/WSS with 7th and 8th graders; 6th graders begin viewing Oliver! 7th and 8th graders need to bring in a shoe box by Friday!

12.1-12.4: West Side Story is the focus of 7th and 8th grade, with a comparison to Shakespeare’s R & J. When we wrap, students will get instructions for Shoe Box Drama Project, so start saving those shoe boxes!6th graders have just read an adaptation of Oliver Twist and will begin viewing Oliver! with a focus on the plot elements that are different from the printed version of the story.

 

11.16-11.20: All 7th and 8th grade students are working on Romeo and Juliet activities to prepare for the comparison of the story to the musical West Side Story, which we will view after the Thanksgiving break. All 6th grade students have been having fairy tale fun creating and presenting scripts! After the break we will move on to Oliver Twist.

 

11.6: All students have turned in their MFL (6th grade) reviews, and grading is underway! We began our Fairy Tale unit this week; All 7th and 8th grade students began the Romeo & Juliet/West Side Story unit this week. Grading of 8th grade presentations is underway. 7th graders turned in Webquests on Shakespeare, and that grading is also underway.

11.02: 6th grade: shared Critic’s Review of MFL; peer evaluations wer done; students not turning in this assignment will  get a grade of ZERO for peer evaluations as they were not prepared to participate.

8th: Presentations of TV episode underway, along with peer evaluations.We will finish on Wednesday

10.28: 6th graders: A day, complete the Movie Critic of My Fair Lady. Use the handout to guide you, and look at the professional review you printed out as well. This is due–on separate sheet of paper, not on the handout, on Monday, 11.2; in addition, the summaries of character relationships should be completed on the handout and ready to be turned in on Monday.8th Graders: Complete your TV EPISODE OUTLINE for Monday.

10.27: 6th grade: we aren’t finished with the film My Fair Lady yet, so no homework; 7th grade: no homework (many students were on Driftwood trip); 8th grade: Complete your TV EPISODE OUTLINE for Tuesday.

10.23-26: ALL assignments should have been turned by ALL students; tomorrow is the absolute deadline for turning in anything late/missed work.

6th grade: look up and print out a theater critic’s review of a stage production (you may also use a movie review); we will be using a similar format to write reviews of MFL.

10.19-20: B day: Bio poems assigned for 6th grade (on the docs page if you need it) and final test on Pygmalion; 7th grade, remember to bring food/items for French Feast on Wednesday, 10.21; 8th grade: final test on Twelfth Night

A day:6th–shared bio-poems, collection of acts 2, 3, 5 and bio-poems; began viewing My Fair Lady; 8th grade: Final test on Twelfth Night

10.16:  A Day 6th grade ONLY: Bio Poem instructions are on the DOCS page if you don’t have it with you. These are due on Tuesday, and they should be typed or neatly printed in pen. (B day will get the Bio Poem assigned to them on Monday, but students are welcome to work ahead as the handout is posted on the docs page)Ten question test on Pygmalion-(B day)– for Monday.

8th grade: viewed the last two acts of Twelfth Night (directed by Kenneth Branagh); Act IV study guide (most of have finished already) and the 5 discussion questions are due on Tuesday. Test on the text on Tuesday.

10.12-15: wrapping up the reading of plays; 6th graders (A day): turn in act V study guide/questions Friday. Ten question test on Pygmalion-(B day)– for Monday. All 6th graders will staple and turn in all the handouts from Pygmalion for a grade (participation);

7th grade: students turned in Cyrano Is for 3 points; students turned in study guide for act iv for quiz grade; finished Cyrano today by viewing act v movie presentation; students must complete the BIOPOEM of themselves and a character from the play–due on Monday (10.19); French Feast  lunch is Wednesday, 10.21 at 11:50. Please see the docs page if you need to be reminded of what item you signed up to bring to the Feast! You may bring the item in before Wednesday if it is not a perishable food item; you may bring it to my room Wednesday morning if it is food.

8th grade: wrapped up Twelfth Night by viewing final act of stage presentation directed by Kenneth Branaugh; (A) day will finish on 10.16–Test on the text Monday (B day) and Tuesday (A) day. Test will be matching character descriptions to names and also quotations to characters who may have spoken them.

10-9-10:

6th grade-finished reading act IV of Pygmalion; must be ready for a quiz!

7th grade: Act III Cyrano—up to balcony scene which we will watch in class

8th grade: Found Poem for a character (from act one), and read through act IV

10.5: B day–8th grade: complete the reading of Act III in Twelfth Night–Web Quest due on 10.7;

6th grade: Finish reading Act III Pygmalion, complete the graphic organizer “Eliza Web” side only; British Currency Handout due next class

7th grade: Finish reading Act II Cyrano. Complete study guide for next class

10.2 A day–8th grade: Malvolio in yellow stockings! We will finish act III next week; webquest due on 10.6

6th grade: Finish reading act III Pygmalion, complete the graphic organizer “Eliza Web” side only; British currency handout due next class

9.30: Sorry, gang, but my teacher computer blew up, so I’m a bit behind. The 8th grade WebQuest is on the DOCuments page if you need a copy. A day due: 10-6, B day due: 10-7. 6th grade A day has finished acts I & II in Pygmalion and must complete the study guide with Eliza’s relationship web.B day students will complete act II before the end of the week. 7th grade: finished act I of Cyrano; both texts can be accessed through links below in blue.

9.25 B day: 6th grade: see 9.24; 7th grade: Cyrano, act 1–complete the study guide and come up with 15-20 “Nose Insults”–directions on the study guide handout. 8th grade: see 9.24

9.24: A day: 6th grade finished notes on three columns: Pinocchio, Pygmalion, Shaw’s Pygmalion; get notes from a neighbor; finish reading Act 1 (Pygmalion); quiz on Monday; link to read Pygmalion on line here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3825/3825-h/3825-h.htm–scroll down till you see Act I!

8th grade: viewed first two scenes, Act I, on video, of Twelfth Night; finish reading scenes iii-v by Monday; link to read Twelfth Night online here: http://www.literaturepage.com/read/shakespeare_12thnight.html

9/22-23: 6th graders: Pygmalion character handout; begin three column notes comparing Pygmalion to other stories;  copy and right click: go to the website below to view/re-watch the Stick Figure Pygmalion Video to help you fill out the three column notes     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDEdd5Moffc

7th graders: Cyrano PPt: click here if you were not in school 9.23 to view the PPT:  CyranodeBergeracPPT;    Before You Read Handout given out in class

8th graders: Day of Misrule paragraph turned in; notes on Twelfth Night taken in class; character handout

9.21: Test on vocabulary—must be made up! See Ms. Mah; 7th grade: anticipation guide for Cyrano completed; Home Learning: read the stage directions for act 1 before the opening scene, and draw the scene as you think it should look (based on the directions); 8th grade: anticipation guide, Elizabethan Etiquette activity—anticipation guide behind this paper—character map; 6th: Anticipation guide for Pygmalion–Home Learning: read the stage directions for act 1 before the opening scene, and draw the scene as you think it should look (based on the directions)

Test on vocab. Will be 9.21 & 9.22

9.16-9.17:  Finished up the Stage Cross activity; 8th graders did activity on Shakespeare’s language; 7th grade filled out and discussed anticipation guide for Cyrano de Bergerac; Test on vocab. Will be 9.21 & 9.22; copy of the dramatic text due next week, 9.21 B day, 9.22 A day.

Students get in FREE Thursday night, 9-17, to see The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie.

Performance starts at 7:30.

If you are interested in bonus points, go to the DOCS page and print out the Theatre Critique Sheet!

9.11-9.14: Handouts for vocabulary and stage cross activity are behind this page. Please take them or print them out from my blog. Stage cross sheet needs to be done in class and turned in; please ask another student to show you how to do it (page 59 in text book) Test on vocab. Will be 9.21 & 9.22

9/10 & 9/11: Students have taken a “pre-test” on stage areas and vocabulary—ask Ms. Mah for pre-test. It counts as five points—it is to see what you remember. A list of vocabulary words were handed out today in class, and they are on the docs page. We will work on these in class. There will be a 20 question vocabulary test on 9.21 & 9.22.

9/8 &9/9: As we wrap up our focus on social skills used in drama that are also used in other areas of life, we move into the discussion and study of basic drama vocabulary with regard to the stage and stage movement. Students should print the Stage Cross doc. from the DOCUMENTS page for next class period (it will be completed in class)

9/3 & 9/4: All classes continue to participate in games that utilize social skills such as eye-contact, listening, communication, concentration, observation, etc. and discuss how these skills transfer over to other subject areas and life in general. In addition, we will begin learning/reviewing stage areas and body positions on stage.

9/1 & 9/2: All classes have been active in “play participation”–meaning games!–that utilize social skills listed on the curriculum paper for the class. We will continue to focus on skills such as eye-contact, listening, communication, concentration, observation, etc. and discuss how these skills transfer over to other subject areas and life in general. In addition, we will begin learning (6th grade) and reviewing (7th & 8th grade) stage areas and body positions on stage.

8/26 & 8/27: Students will receive 1 point EC (extra credit) for following directions and taking planner home, navigating their way to my blog, having parents view it, and then having parents sign the sticker in the student planner on page 30.

8/24 & 8/25: Students should have a three ring binder with three tabs: Bell Ringers, Vocabulary, and Handouts.View the Curriculum Paper on the Docs drop down. The following supplies are listed on the School Supply List for the Julia Landon school website, and they are listed on the curriculum paper.

  • ½”-1” three ring binder with paper and three divider sheets
  • Pencils,  Pens,  Colored markers, Highlighters (any color),  Glue stick,  One pack of 3×5 index cards (ruled).

The students will need the plays by September 21/22.

  • 8th grade: a copy of Twelfth Night ( preferred edition: Signet Classic) and Raisin in the Sun (preferred edition: Anchor Books)
  • 7th grade: a copy of Cyrano de Bergerac (preferred editions: Barnes & Noble Edition or APPLAUSE)
  • 6th grade: a copy of Pygmalion (preferred editions: Dover Thrift or Barnes & Noble)

*The Curriculum Paper for the Drama Elective class is located in the documents drop down. Please read through it for course expectations and general information; parents and guardians are to sign their names in their student’s planner to indicate that both parent and child have read the information.

*The first few days will be about getting to know each other: introductions, name games, expectations, and routines.

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