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Thr 403 Teaching Theatre Methods

TEACHING THEATRE METHODS AND CO-CURICULLAR ACTIVITIES
SPRING 2014
Theatre 403-001
Monday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Room:  AC/W 18

Instructors:
Kathleen Donnelly
e-mail : donnelly@uwosh.edu
Office: ACW 220 / 424-7127
Office Hours: Wed 11:30am – 12:30pm, Tu/Thurs 9:45am – 10:45am, or by appointment

Roy Hoglund

e-mail:  hoglund@uwosh.edu

Office:  ACW 216 / 424-7043

Office Hours:  Tues/Thurs: 9:45am – 11:15am, or by appointment

Text:

There is no assigned text for this class. A bibliography of reference books will be provided for your reference.

 

Goals:

Based on goals established by the Theatre program, the goals of this course, for the student, are: 1. To have a broad knowledge of the processes of theatrical production;  2. To be able to analyze and communicate a dramatic text to an audience; 3. To make effective use of the research tools available to the theatre artist, critic and historian; 4. To develop a commitment to the pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity; 5. To “Love the art in yourself; not yourself in art.”

 

Objectives:

The students will be able to:

* Further their knowledge of theatre pedagogy for middle school and high school.

* Demonstrate a mastery of content in the theatrical arts.

* Create and compile appropriate curriculum and assessment tools for theatre activities and courses in middle school and high school.

* Analyze and assess the work of colleagues with the goal of self-improvement.

 

Attendance Policy:

Unexcused absences in excess of two will affect the overall grade in the class.  Excused absences require documentation in accordance with the Dean of Student’s policy on attendance.

 

Course Objective Assessment:

Project 1: Development of Unit for Middle School  (15%)

Project 2: Presentation of Lesson Plan for Middle School  (10%)

Project 3: Development of Unit for High School  (15%)

Project 4: Presentation of Lesson Plan for High School  (10%)

Project 5: Practicum (15%)

Project 6: Curriculum Project  (20%)

Project 7: Theatre Education Sourcebook  (15%)

Theatre Methods Course p.2

 

Project Descriptions:

Project 1:  Development of Unit for Middle School Theatre Education Due: March 3rd

The student will develop a unit to teach a theatre class at the Middle School level.  The unit will include: Unit goals and objectives; five lesson plans; bibliography of resources to support unit; and assessment worksheets relating to the unit.

 

Project 2:  Presentation of Lesson Plan for Middle School Due: March 3rd

The student will present one lesson plan from unit developed in Project 1 to peers in class. Class will engage in critical assessment of lesson presented as a learning tool.  Lesson plans will be shared with other members of class.

 

Project 3:  Development of Unit for High School Theatre Education Due: April 28th

The student will develop a unit to teach a theatre class at the High School level.  The unit will include: Unit goals and objectives; five lesson plans; bibliography of resources to support unit; and assessment worksheets relating to the unit.

 

Project 4:  Presentation of Lesson Plan for High School Due: April 28th

The student will present one lesson plan from unit developed in Project 3 to peers in class. Class will engage in critical assessment of lesson presented as a learning tool.  Lesson plans will be shared with other members of the class.

 

Project 5:  Practicum Due: May 5th

The student will attend the performance of a high school play and write a paper discussing the successes and challenges of the production.  Students should contact the high school director of the play (if possible) and discuss the process they went through and their objectives for the students.

 

Project 6:  Curriculum Project Due:May 12th

The student will choose a particular grade level for this project. Student will develop a curriculum plan for a semester for the grade chosen. Curriculum should contain an outline of specific units that will be covered in course, a bibliography of textbooks and resources to support the curriculum, and assessment tools.  Student will fully develop lesson plans for one unit in the proposed curriculum.  Curriculum will be shared with other members of the class.

 

Project 7: Theatre Education Sourcebook: Due: May 12th

A sourcebook will be created from materials that would be useful to have as a Theatre Educator. The sourcebook should be a 3 ring binder and contain sections for the following: Playgoing Log, Acting, Directing, Design and Technical Theatre, Producer/Management, Curriculum-Middle School, Curriculum – High School.

 

Teaching Theatre Methods and Co-Curricular Activities

SPRING SEMESTER 2014 SCHEDULE

February 3rd: Intro to the course.

What is Drama Education?

What are the goals and objectives of Drama Ed in the classroom?

 

February 10th: Middle School Drama Education

Tools for Assessing Student Learning

Creative Drama in the Classroom

Incorporating drama activities in non-drama courses:

ex: English, History, Language classes

 

February 17th: Middle School Drama Education

Drama classes for Middle School

a. Theatre Games

b. Choosing appropriate plays

 

February 24th: Middle School Drama Education

Simple Stage Productions for Audience

a. Reader’s Theatre

b. Play Production

 

March 3rd: Middle School Drama Education

Cross Disciplinary Connections: Art, Music, English

 

Project  1: Develop a Unit for teaching drama in Middle School.

Submit lesson plans relating to this unit.  (at least one week or 5 lessons to comprise unit.)

Project  2: Present one lesson from unit developed to class.

 

March 10th: High School Drama Education

Drama Classes for High School (Grades 9-12)

Choosing a Text Book, Finding resources

Tools for Assessing Student Learning

 

March 17th: High School Drama Education

Theatre History

a) Origins of Theatre: ritual and ceremony

b) Shakespeare’s Theatre

c) American Theatre

 

March 24th SPRING BREAK

 

March 31st: High School Drama Education

The Play as text

a) Reading the play

b) Analyzing the play

p. 2  Semester Outline: Methods

 

April 7th: High School Drama Education

The Actor and Connection to the text:

Stanislavsky and Preparation

a) Entering the world of the play

b) Reading and interpreting the text

c) Finding a through line

 

April 14th: High School Drama Education

Directing the High School Play

a) Choosing the right play for your students

b) Casting

c) Directing

d) Design and Technical Considerations

 

April 21st: High School Drama Education

Play Production: Backstage

a) Stagecraft

b) Costumes

c)  Lighting

d)  Stage Management and crews

e)  Safety Concerns

 

April 28th: High School Drama Education

Producing the Play

a) Front of House: Selling Tickets, Ushers

b) Publicity

 

Project 3: Develop a Unit for teaching drama in High School.

Submit lesson plans relating to this unit.  (at least one week or 5 lessons to comprise unit.)

Project 4: Present one lesson from unit developed to class.

 

 

May 5th: Developing a Curriculum Plan

Selecting a grade level focus for final project

Assessment of Student Learning

 

Project 5:  Practicum – Paper due.

 

May 12th: Developing a Curriculum Plan

Final Project due: Develop a curriculum for a particular focus and grade.

Illustrate the specific units included in the curriculum

Prepare lesson plans for one unit.

 

Theatre Education Sourcebook due.

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