Unit 1 – Ways of Story telling
What is a fable?
The hare and the tortoise Read 10 fables from the
list. Note the moral of each. following
Report on what you have learned about morals and fables. Read any two of the fairy tales of Hans Christian
Anderson Make a video in which you and friends tell one of the fables you read and save it in your dropbox.
Slave narratives were stories from former slaves who told about their lives as slaves Select a slave narrative from this page. Make a costume and, using your Ipad, record yourself reciting your “memorized” excerpt. (Your video must not be less than 2 minutes long. You only have to learn a part of the narrative, not the entire story.) Save your video in your drop box
Tall tales are about bigger than life heroes whose feats were exaggerated. Watch the African-American story of
. John Henry, the steel driving man Write a tall tale that you have heard about a member of your family. Video your tall tale with your Ipad and store in your Dropbox for your teacher to review.
Shadow Puppets were a means of telling stories by the Chinese
Watch a shadow puppet show using only hands.
How to make shadow puppets using only your hands. Design your own shadow puppet show and film it with your Ipad. Store your video in your dropbox for your teacher to review.
Report on what you have learned about fables, narratives and other forms of storytelling.
Unit 2 – The Nine Muses of Greek Mythology
Description of the Muses
Depiction of the Nine Muses
. Watch how they did it and prepare to make your own video, with props or costumes that dramatizes the nine muses. When you have. This class made a video about the muses Greek theater often performed what Greeks believed about how the gods controlled the lives of people on earth. They believed in the fates.
Read about the three fates
The fates and your destiny
Acting out the three fates
Greek theater often reflected their belief in the three female gods that represented: joy, charm and beauty. They were known as the three graces:
The Three Graces
Report on what you have learned about the Muses of Greek Mythology.
Unit 3 – Characterization
Understand characterization in drama and literature
Learn to identify character traits in people
What kind of character is this woman portraying?
Tyler Perry talks about his Muhdear character Use your I-Pad and make a video depicting the follow character types: Mean, sweet, soft spoken, loving, hateful, funny, smart, thug, bully, creep, loud mouth, show off, religious, old, stupid. Your video should not be over three minutes long. Place the video in your Dropbox for your teacher to review.
Watch this video and watch for its meaning
. Report on what you have learn about characterization Unit 4 – Staging a Major Production
Participate successfully in the staging of the Excellence Academy annual heritage drama
Participate successfully in the production in one of the following areas: On stage actor or dancer, lights and sound, direction, hair and make up, stage management, publicity, directing, prompting, Back Stage. Take notes of what is done.
Analyze what you learned from participating in the heritage drama Unit 4 – Directing a Play
Directing a play
” Read the script for “The Sure Thing
, watch for elements that depend on the director that are not in the script. In this video
Steps to directing a play
Bad directing in a play
Play idea You must participate in a play as a director or assistant director
about directing a play Report on what you have learned Unit – 5 Shakespeare
Understanding the language of Shakespeare
How a Shakespearean play might have been staged (Romeo and Juliet)
Romeo and Juliet Read professionally
Watch the same scene in a ballet with no words
Mark Anthony’s Funeral Address- Julius Ceasar
Watch a movie version of what you read! Memorize and perform Mark Anthony’s Funeral Address. Video your speech for presentation to the class (Friends, Romans, Countrymen). Save your video in your Dropbox until it is reviewed by your teacher.
Report on what you have learned about performing Shakespeare. Unit 6- Pantomime
Example of a pantomime
Mime tells a story without words
tell funny stories. Sometimes mimes
Gestures in Mimes
Creating mime illusions
Using your hands in mime
Faces are important in mime
Creating a mime routine
Applying Mime makeup
Mime makeup for the lips
Writing a Pantomime
Creating two character routines performed by one person
Religious mime- For every mountain
Religious mime- Tabernacle Mimes Prepare two Pantomimes. One must have music but no words
What have you learned about pantomime? Unit 7- Melodrama
Overview of melodrama
A sample of the boos and hisses of melodrama
A sample of a melodrama – It’s not hard to figure out the good guys
Another Example of a melodrama
Your Melodrama review Using theater to portray history
Top Historical dramas made into movies
Why is the called a historical drama?
The movie “Glory” depicted black soldiers in the Civil War
Actors must become familiar with history to portray historical characters Develop a historical skit that depicts some item out of American history. Video your performance. Save your video in your Dropbox for your teacher to review
Understanding Historical Drama: What I have learned.