7th Grade – Intro to Theater

7th Grade Theater

Course Title: 7th Grade Theater

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Course Description

7th Grade Theater is a year long course that meets every other day. The course is designed to provide an introduction to theatrical principles through a variety of different projects. The main of objective of the course is provide students an avenue to build confidence, problem solve, and express themselves creatively.

Power Standards

  1. Student successfully communicates through a stage presence the elements of characterization.
  2. Student is able to reflect, interpret, and evaluate a wide variety of theatrical works.
  3. Student can define and and apply theatrical elements.

Course Outline

Communicate through stage presence the elements of characterization

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • How do performers use movement to communicate emotion and characterization?
  • How do performers use subtext when delivering lines to communicate emotion and characterization?
  • What sort of problem solving does a performer need to overcome issues on stage?
  • In what ways can a performer learn about their character to provide an authentic execution of motives and desires on stage?
  • How does an actor use voice to communicate effectively and clearly?
  • How does a performer maintain a character for an entire performance?
  • Demonstrate different types of movement for a variety of different character types.
  • Utilize subtext in the delivery of lines to show emotion and character traits of a variety of different character types.
  • Utilize improv when issues arise on stage.
  • Identify and articulate their characters background information and how motives effect subtext.
  • Use projection, diction and articulation to effectively communicate their lines.
  • Stay in character through an entire performance.
Summative Activities: Improv, Movement Performance, Reader’s Theater, Script Writing and End of the Year Play

Reflect, interpret and evaluate a wide variety of theatrical works

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • How do performers learn from their performances through reflection.
  • How do professional performer use elements of characterization to communicate a character?
  • How can a performer identify strengths and weaknesses in a performance to offer feedback to peers?
  • Reflect on their performance to identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Critique a variety of performances done by professional performer to identify how the performer is using concepts explored in class.
  • Critique peer performances to provide feedback that will better future performances.
Summative Activities: Mid-Project Critiques, End-Project Critiques, Concepts Reflections, Personal Reflection, Visual Close Reading and Artist Statements.

Define and apply theatrical elements

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • What vocabulary do performers need to know to understand the components of theater?
  • How to playwrights construct scripts that are entertaining, easy to follow and universal?
  • How do performers apply theatrical vocabulary to remember director dues and notes.
  • Identify key areas in the theater using correct vocabulary.
  • Write plays using common script structure, plot lines and writing skills.
  • Annotate scripts to show understanding of stage cues, subtext verbiage and movement vocabulary.
Summative Activities: Reflections, Critiques, Script Writing

Career and Life Skills
Social and Cross Cultural

The student respects and contributes to the diverse learning community by:

  • Honoring the ideas and opinions of others and
  • Interacting effectively and appropriately with others
Productivity and Accountability

The student takes ownership of work and actions by:

  • Completing assignments on time
  • Arriving prepared and on time
  • Managing time
Initiative and Self Direction

The student demonstrates independence by:

  • Self-advocating for assistance or resources
  • Persevering through rigorous/challenging tasks
  • Utilizing feedback