Drama


Aims / Objectives


Drama in the MYP engages students in an active relationship with theatre and encourages self-directed learning and exploration. It encourages the growth of creative, reflective and communication skills through practical work. Emphasis is placed on the artistic process and the students’ understanding of this process as an essential component to their artistic development through continuous investigation, planning, goal setting, rehearsing, performing, reflection and evaluation.

Through games the student co-operates and understands rules and teamwork. Through solo and group drama work the student becomes more adept at: speaking/discovering the voice, using the physical body, considering the elements of theatre and understanding social-political issues. Students are encouraged to see what in life is universal and what connects us. Students encourage and support the performance of others and gain self-confidence and awareness.

Skills

Each unit revolves around a theme or topic. Students will be able to: read play-text, devise a scene and work with others. S/he will understand the use of: tension, space, props, movement and mime. Through improvisation the student will be able to use: imagination, thought and non- thought. Each year builds on the skills taught in the previous year.

Assessment

The skills above are assessed against the MYP ARTS criteria:

A - Knowing and Understanding - Through the study of theorists and practitioners of the arts, students discover the aesthetics of art forms and are able to analyse and communicate in specialized language.

B - Developing Skills - The acquisition and development of skills provide the opportunity for active participation in the art form and in the process of creating and presenting art.

C - Thinking Creatively - The arts motivates students to develop curiosity and purposefully explore and challenge boundaries.

D - Responding - Students will have the opportunity to respond to their world, to their own art and to the art of others.

Practical work is assessed ‘live'. Assessment includes a range of targets, e.g. speech, spatial awareness, role development. Physical and verbal skills are assessed. Assessment may be informal during the process of the work and move to formal after the performance.

Course Descriptions

Grade 6

Grade 6

Grade 6 have Drama for two double lessons per week for one semester. The first unit explores the concept of ‘Change’ within the context of Identity and Relationships. Students explore a variety of acting techniques and improvisation games and enquire into six key elements of Drama: CHARACTER, CONVENTION, SPACE, FORM, TENSION and AUDIENCE. The second unit explores the concept of ‘Community’ and Reminiscence Theatre within the context of Personal and Cultural Expression. Students explore a variety of production elements including the role of the director, sound, lighting and costume, and they have the opportunity to create mini-productions of short stories and poems inspired by their visits to the local Senior’s Centre.

In all year levels, solo, pair and group structures are created. Ways of devising and improvising are taught and practiced.

Grade 7

Grade 7

Grade 7 have Drama for two double lessons per week for one semester. The first unit explores the concept of ‘Aesthetics’ within the context of Personal and Cultural Expression. Students enquire into physical, visual and masked theatre. Students enquire into six key elements of Drama: CHARACTER, TENSION, MOOD, RHYTHM, FORM, and FOCUS. The second unit explores the concepts of ‘Form’ and ‘Structure’ through the genre of Puppetry. Students will have the opportunity for creative design and exploration of symbol and story.

In all year levels, solo, pair and group structures are created. Ways of devising and improvising are taught and practiced.

Grade 8

Grade 8

Grade 8 units revolve around characterization, speechmaking, comedy and basic staging. Work includes the use of costume, prop, language and stage space as a focus. There is an opportunity to create and develop a comic scene based on a set of characters developed through the course. Grade 8 has Drama for one double each week for the entire year.

In all year levels, solo, pair and group structures are created. Ways of devising and improvising are taught and practiced.



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