Middle School Drama Lessons

Welcome to Theatre Arts at Assumption-St. Bridget School!

Middle School Theatre Arts Course Design

Middle School Theatre Arts courses, in compliance with NCAS Arts Standards, are designed to give students a secure understanding of fundamental theatre concepts, skills, and vocabulary and multiple opportunities to apply theatre skills and techniques to performance. To accomplish this, students will engage in a learning process that emphasizes the following 21st Century Learning Skills: collaboration, communication, and growth mind-set. By collaborating to hypothesize, examine, analyze and connect ideas and their applications to performance processes, students will establish common goals and work together to achieve them.

In Theatre Arts, we will be learning:

  1. Theatre processes: you will have opportunities explore your own experiences and create imagined solutions to real-life problems.
  2. Theatre skills: These tools help us to meaningfully explore and effectively share our ideas with   others
  3. Professional ethics: skills that are necessary for creating a safe and nurturing artistic environment.

 

Middle School Curriculum by grade level

In 8th Grade Theatre, In 8th Grade Drama, we will work collaboratively to integrate previously learned theatre and presentation skills to refine, enhance, and magnify ease and execution of our public speaking skills. Using our strengths and interests as a basis for generating both choice and material, we will examine how rhetorical practices and previously learned performance skills can be applied to all of our 8th grade leadership tasks: lectoring at church, interviewing for high schools and leadership opportunities, leading Families, speaking to groups of younger students, and excelling in classroom assignments that require oral presentation and speech giving. The goal of our work is to equip us all with the oral presentation skills required by this exciting 8th grade year and to prepare us for success in high school as speakers and presenters.

7th Grade Drama, designed in to meet 7th grade National Core Arts Standards in Theatre, is dedicated to the study of Shakespeare’s world and work. After acquainting ourselves with Shakespeare’s stories, we will use a variety of discussion formats to examine the structure and components of Shakespeare’s language. We will use context and inference to decode verse, examine how meaning is embedded in meter, interpret and use Elizabethan stage directions, explore Elizabethan movement and manners, and discover how punctuation and structure reveal the logic in Shakespeare’s speeches. The goal of 7th grade drama is to ensure fluency in reading and understanding Shakespeare’s language.

In 6th Grade Theatre, we will explore how theatre artists adapt stories into dramatic presentations. What are the components of dramatic action? How do playwrights create dialogue and movement from narrative? By immersing ourselves in the world of Greek theatre, in which theatre was both sacred ritual and political forum, we’ll expand our understanding of theatre’s ability to communicate and transform.   In order to inhabit the worlds of our Greek plays, we will explore how actors use carefully chosen physical, vocal, and psychological choices to communicate character.

About the National Core Arts Standards:

The National Core Arts Standards emphasize the process-oriented nature of the arts and arts learning that guide the continuous and systematic operations of instructional improvement by:

  • Defining “artistic literacy” through a set of overarching philosophical foundations and lifelong goals that clarify long term expectations for arts learning.
  • Placing Artistic Process and Anchor Standards in the forefront of the work
  • Identifying Creative Practices as the bridge for the application of the Artistic Processes across all learning.
  • Specifying “Enduring Understandings” and “Essential Questions” that provide conceptual through-lines and articulate value and meaning within and across arts disciplines.
  • Providing Model Cornerstone Assessments of Student Learning aligned to Artistic Processes.

During the  trimester of the 2017-2018 school year, Grade 6 students are studying Greek Theatre.  Please click on the link below to access the 6th grade syllabus:

Middle School Theatre Arts Grade 8 2018-2019

Middle School Theatre Arts Grade 6 2018-2019

Greek Tragedy Exit Ticket

Eumenides reduced

Iphegenia in aulis reduced

Electra reduced

Greek Tragedies Cast Lists

NCAS ARTISTC PROCESSES:

  1. CREATE: Conceive and Develop new artistic ideas and work
  2. PERFORM: Realize artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation
  3. RESPOND: Understand and evaluate how the arts convey meaning.
  4. CONNECT: Relate artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context