Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Lesson

Check the following as you complete them :

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

I. Do Now (8 minutes)(This will count as a quiz grade): Each member of your theater company has the responsibility of keeping a notebook ( You should review the requirements of this part of the embedded assessment in your Springboard book again; it is also outlined in the May 13th handout). Create a notebook page that summarizes some of the points of yesterday’s lesson ( Turn this in on a piece of loose leaf with your name and theater company’s name on it. Also, date it. ). 
  • _____What facial expressions, blocking, body language, and hand gestures will be part of your performance as one of the characters. Which character? And, specifically, what will you do? 
  • _____What other details of the paintings might be used to improve the look of your theater production?
  • _____What specific props will be used, and how will you use them ( How will facial expressions, hand gestures, and body language accentuate their use in your performance or vice versa (Example: sword play, drinking a potion from a glass vial, or stabbing one’s self with a dagger, as in the case of Juliet)?
Your answer should be a paragraph or two. You can continue it after a whole group share. 
II. Revisiting Yesterday’s Lesson ( If you finished this, make sure you turn it in; go on the Roman numeral “III”) (12 minutes) (If you lost the paper work go onto the blog site):
  • ____Complete the graphic organizer ( Name and date on it, please )
  • ____Complete a written response to the questions asked in conjunction with the exit ticket/gallery walk.
III. Apply yesterday’s lesson to your play performance. Rehearsals: By this point, you should have put together a working script. The reason it is a working script is that your group will likely make changes to it as you begin rehearsing the lines. 

  • ____Consider intonation, enunciation, voice projection, blocking (What do these words mean? They are found in the Springboard text in Unit 4) 

  • ____Consider non-verbal elements to your performance. Include cues for facial expressions, hand gestures, and blocking (body positions) in your scripts so that you can remember to do these things each time you practice your performance. Include these notes in your notebooks!


  • ____Start rehearsing your act together. Memorize the lines, as this will make your portrayal more convincing. You are responsible for only a scene or two rather than a whole act. You might want to break the performance up if its a long scene; this would be helpful when you are videotaping it. Do not make your recording choppy; it should be polished and seamless.

  • _____The dramaturge will need to research things like costumes, setting, and props. Where will your unique interpretation be set? Do research. Include stage directions/setting. The dramaturge will record their findings in their notebook. The more detail the better the project over all. The detailed work will receive the highest marks.

  • _____Your director will need to start locating the props, costumes, and things for the setting (These can be kept in the classroom). You need to divide these responsibilities among group members. The director will record in his notebook how these things were accomplished. You will need to have your settings outside the English classroom. You might have settings off campus; that means you might meet with your group outside of school.

  • _____Practice the play as a group. Don’t think you will learn your lines and let others be responsible for getting their lines memorized. The lack of rehearsal will be made apparent in the videotape.

V. HOMEWORK: READ: Comparison and Contrast Essay ( Due Tues., May 28, 2013)
  • 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: Franco Zeffirelli 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.   

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