Grade 7 – 9 Drama

2017-18 WELCOME TO DRAMA GRADES 7-9 - Mrs. Jones

 

7-9 Drama:

Throughout the month of September, our grade 7,8,9 drama class will be working through both the “Orientation” and levels, 1, 2 and 3 of the “Movement Discipline” of the Alberta Program of Studies.  Areas of focus include body awareness, creative movement, mime and tableau.

Orientation Learning Targets: I can…

•Demonstrate a willingness to take calculated and reasonable risks.

•Share ideas confidently with others.

  • Listen effectively.
  • Work cooperatively and productively with all members of the class in pairs, small groups and large groups.

Movement Learning Targets: I can…

 

•Display clarity of movement and gesture.

•Use exaggerated movement and gesture.

•Communicate environment, character, and 
situation non-verbally.

•Use contrast in movement.

•Create and sustain mood through 
movement.

 

*Students will be given their very first summative Tableaux Assignment within the next two weeks. Please stay tuned for the assignment and rubric to be posted!

 

What We Did Last Year 2016-17

May 17, 2017 Updated Schedule

UPDATED REHEARSAL SCHEDULE -May 17

Welcome to the 2016-17 Musical Theater School Year – Mrs. Jones

April 2017

Students and parents, please make sure to frequently check in with the Rehearsal Schedule posted above in my blog as this contains many of the important rehearsal dates to come. Students have also had the opportunity to join my musical theater class REMIND program, as a way to be aware of schedule reminders or changes sent via text message or email. Students are encouraged to also be checking their school Gmail account daily for important information and notes.

Students are continuing to work hard in making this play come to life through line memorization, characterization, choreography and choral work.

I can…

  • Define the elements of script, dialogue, directions, characters and settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding of directions used in a script.
  • Read a script aloud.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept 
of dramatic convention.
  • Demonstrate understanding of plot 
structure.
  • Analyze a script to identify character, 
setting and plot.

January 2017

Musical Theatre:
We would like to congratulate all students in Westmount’s Musical Theatre program this year on their hard work and commitment throughout our audition process. All role casting is complete and we are excited to begin our new adventure with the production: You Ain’t Nothin But A Werewolf!
Students and parents, please make sure to frequently check in with the Rehearsal Schedule posted above as this contains many of the important rehearsal dates to come.
Students will now begin the process of making this play come to life through line memorization, characterization, choreography and choral work.

I can…

  • Define the elements of script, dialogue, directions, characters and settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding of directions used in a script.
  • Read a script aloud.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept 
of dramatic convention.
  • Demonstrate understanding of plot 
structure.
  • Analyze a script to identify character, 
setting and plot.

*Note: Our first full cast rehearsal is scheduled for Monday, Jan 30th from 3:30 – 5:00pm

Update, November 3, 2016
Intro to Musical Theatre:

Throughout the second half of October and the beginning of November, our grade 7 Intro to Musical Theatre class has been working through both the “Orientation” and the Level 1 area of the “Speech Discipline”. Areas of focus include exploration of the voice, vocal delivery and listening critically.
Learning Targets: I can…

  1. Speak spontaneously.
  2. Use effective breathing techniques.
  3. Use techniques of storytelling.
  4. Recognize the need to control and protect the voice.
  5. Use volume appropriate to situation.
  6. Create vocal sound effects to explore voice potential.
  7. Understand volume, articulation, projection, rate, pause, phrasing, pitch and intonation.

*Students have been given their second summative assignment and rubric for their Poetry Slam. Presentations will be occurring the week of October 8th.*
8/9 Drama:

Throughout the second half of October and the beginning of November, our grade 8/9 drama class has been working through both the “Orientation” section and the Level 2 and 3 areas of the “Speech Discipline”. Areas of focus include exploration of the voice, vocal delivery and listening critically. This class also had the opportunity to participate as the actors and actresses in our schools Halloween Haunted House. Students are currently performing their summative Halloween Skits to their class this week. Students will now be beginning their unit on monologues lead by our student teacher Ms. Brandford.
Learning Targets: I can…

Level II – Intermediate

  1. Use volume, articulation and projection to achieve clarity.
  2. Demonstrate effects of intonation, rate, pause and phrasing on the meaning of words.
  3. Use pitch to effect quality of voice production.
  4. Demonstrate a stage whisper.
  5. Use voice to communicate mood and emotion.
  6. Use a variety of character voices.

Level III – Advanced

  1. Demonstrate the effect of character on oral interpretation.
  2. Use movement and gesture to clarify and enhance speech and character.
  3. Determine personal pitch, rate, volume, intonation and vocal qualities through critical listening.

Apply speech skills in a variety of speaking situations.

*Please stay tuned for the monologue summative assignment to come!*

Musical Theatre:
*Reminder- Musical Theatre – Showtime Calendar can be found in the September post above*
Throughout the second half of October and the beginning of November, our Musical Theatre Class has been working through the “Orientation” section and levels, 1, 2 and 3 of the “Speech Discipline” of the Alberta Program of Studies. Areas of focus include exploration of the voice, vocal delivery and listening critically.
Learning Targets: I can…
Level II – Intermediate

  1. Use volume, articulation and projection to achieve clarity.
  2. Demonstrate effects of intonation, rate, pause and phrasing on the meaning of words.
  3. Use pitch to effect quality of voice production.
  4. Demonstrate a stage whisper.
  5. Use voice to communicate mood and emotion.
  6. Use a variety of character voices.

Level III – Advanced

  1. Demonstrate the effect of character on oral interpretation.
  2. Use movement and gesture to clarify and enhance speech and character.
  3. Determine personal pitch, rate, volume, intonation and vocal qualities through critical listening.

Apply speech skills in a variety of speaking situations.

*Students have just been given their second summative assignment – their “Lyrics Slam”. Due date and rubric to come!*

Welcome, September 2016

Musical Theatre:
We are very excited to be back for another great year with our musical theatre program at Westmount School! Students have had the opportunity to view and ask questions regarding musical theatre calendar and course outline on the second day of class so they know when our group practices/ outside of school commitments will begin.

Throughout the month of September, our Musical Theatre Class has been working through the “Orientation” and levels, 1, 2 and 3 of the “Movement Discipline” of the Alberta Program of Studies. Areas of focus include team building, body awareness, creative movement, mime and tableau.

Orientation Learning Targets: I can…

  • Demonstrate trust by becoming comfortable, physically and emotionally, with others.
  • Listen effectively.
  • Recognize the purposes of and participate in warm-up activities.
  • Show awareness of story sequence.

Movement Learning Targets: I can…

  • Display clarity of movement and gesture.
  • Use exaggerated movement and gesture.
  • Communicate environment, character, and 
situation non-verbally.
  • Use contrast in movement.
  • Create and sustain mood through 
movement.
    *Students will be given their very first summative Tableaux Assignment on September 30thst. Please stay tuned for the assignment and rubric to be posted!

Intro to Musical Theatre:

Throughout the month of September, our grade 7 Intro to Musical Theatre class has been working through both the “Orientation” and the level 1 of the “Movement Discipline” of the Alberta Program of Studies. Areas of focus include body awareness, creative movement, mime and tableau,
Orientation Learning Targets: I can…

  • Demonstrate a willingness to take calculated and reasonable risks.
  • Share ideas confidently with others.
  • Listen effectively.
  • Work cooperatively and productively with all members of the class in pairs, small groups and large groups.

Movement Learning Targets: I can…

  • Move individual body parts.
  • Demonstrate freezing of movement.
  • Use different directions, levels and pathways for movement patterns.
  • Create a 5-scene tableau that tells a clear story.
    *Students will be given their very first summative Tableaux Assignment on September 21st. Please stay tuned for the assignment and rubric to be posted!