Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thurs./Fri. May 23/24, 2013 Block Day Lesson

Theater Co.:_____________________

Focus on completing any missing assignments you have from before May 1. Get those in.

Essential Question: What are the essential features of an effective drama and/or dramatic performance? 

Do Now: As you know, you are to be creating a notebook as your individual contribution to the project of performing a scene(s) from Romeo and Juliet. You were, as a group, supposed to come up with the requirements specifically for the cinematographer’s ( the person who is in charge of videotaping your play performance) notebook, as this is something your teacher has adopted for this assessment so that we can present videotapes of the performance and also so each of the four individuals in the assigned groups have an individual notebook task; the embedded assessment requirements outline the requirements for only three notebooks: the requirements for the dramaturge’s, the actor’s, and the director’s notebooks are in your Springboard text, pages 321-323 ( review those again, if you haven’t). 

*For the Do-Now, in complete sentences, and in 8 minutes, decide on five tasks to be completed by the cinematographer in taping the play performance and how this will add to the presentation.

Example: The cinematographer ( videographer ), will add interesting lighting effects and color effects using the iMovie software available to them. This may succeed at presenting a desirable mood or tone.

The cinematographer can edit what he/she films; this will allow us to our presentation.

II. Your comparison and contrast essay is due: Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Open up you Pages document and work on this (20 minutes)

Requirements (You might use the suggestions provided):
  • You are comparing and contrasting, or explaining the similarities and differences between, Baz Luhrmann’s and Franco Zeffirelli’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.
  • You should use the point-by-point, or sentence-by-sentence method of comparing and contrasting, as this is only a five paragraph essay.
  • Five paragraphs: an introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.
  • The introductory paragraph should include a general statement about the two director’s interpretations of Romeo and Juliet---example: Baz Luhrmann sets the play in medieval Verona as Shakespeare originally did...., a thesis statement--- example: ”Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet is very different from Franco Zeffirelli’s interpretation, as they both have a unique approach to setting, costume, and characterization.”
  • The body paragraphs should each begin with a topic sentence that identifies one of the three stylistic devices you are discussing.
  • The body paragraphs should include supporting evidence in response to the topic sentences. You might put each of those topic sentences in the form of a question---example: ”How does Baz Luhrmann’s characterization of Mercutio, Romeo, and Juliet differ from Franco Zeffirelli’s?
  • This essay will count as a summative, test, grade.  The rubric for this will appear on the blog site.
  • Do your best work, as this will be one of the final grades, and your effort on this will be taken in consideration for your final trimester grade.

III. Group Work: Individual Notebooks (20 minutes )
Devote this time to discussing and writing in your individual notebooks. The notebooks should include a series of entries over the time that you have worked on this project; you are essentially documenting your work on this project from the eyes of one of the various contributors to such a project in the real world. You should keep these stapled together. You should include in this “packet” of papers the assignments that are specifically related to this notebook requirement of the embedded assessment. This includes today’s do-now, so don’t turn it in, staple it to your other written work that you will hand in on June 6/7, 2013.  

IV. Group Work ( 32 minutes ).
  • As a group, complete Springboard pages 308-310, Activity 4.25, but answer the questions and tasks using your assigned scene(s) rather than the ones identified in the activity. Draw the diagrams and graphic organizers and complete them with your scene(s) in mind. You can remove these pages from your Springboard ( only from your own book!) or draw what you need to complete these pages on a piece of loose leaf. Staple this to your notebooks.
Continue the following:
  • You should have a working script.
  • You should have planned costumes and your setting ( and identified these things in your notebooks).
  • You should consider your individual acting performance (s) ( some may have to play more than one role?). What body language, facial expressions, and hand gestures will be part of this performance? Blocking ( that means, have you worked out where people will stand in your video shots and how will they move on and off stage?).
  • Start practicing your scene and working out the details. 
  • You might videotape your first rehearsal and then review it for the sake of understanding what you need to do to improve your performance and the look of your play performance!

Homework: Comparison and Contrast Essay, due May 28. Ongoing work on your play performance which is due June 6/7. 

Have a good Memorial Day weekend!

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