5th grade students study drama for one quarter each year as part of their fine arts rotation that includes Art, Music, Drama, and Dance. During the quarter devoted to drama, students are introduced to foundational concepts in theater arts. Students experience warm-up techniques, improvisation, and pantomime. Students learn the importance of voice and body control as well as the importance of technical aspects of drama such as lighting, sound, and costumes. Public speaking skills are emphasized, and students use these skills as they make presentations in other courses. Fifth Grade Drama class is very participatory and encourages interaction and cooperation among students.
6th grade students study Drama for one quarter each year as part of their fine arts rotation that includes Art, Music, Drama, and Dance. Students begin to refine their skills as they learn to express emotions and ideas using interpretive movements and dialogue, dramatize literary selections in pairs or groups, and participate in skits and scenes. Concepts of design, direction, and theater production are integrated throughout the semester. Public speaking skills are emphasized, and students use these skills as they make presentations in other courses. The course concludes with a student production for friends and family.
7th grade students choose to study Drama for a semester. The overall objective for the class is to enable the student to: cultivate creativity, use and understand the tools of the actor, practice vocal and movement techniques, appreciate theatre as an art form that reflects the human experience, experience the preparation necessary to perform as well as the discipline of performing, and finally students will engage in appropriate audience behavior. While primarily a hands-on, on-your-feet class, expect daily assignments, projects, papers, and both solo and group performances. Essential Skills include; Creative thinking •Problem solving • Public speaking • Empathy • Team building • Self –confidence • Personal interaction • Invention • Critical analysis • Non-verbal communication • Self – management • Work skills• Study skills • Imagination • Improvisation •Role play. Units of Study include; Team building • Non-verbal communication • Improvisation • Role-play • Creating a Character • Scene Study • Storytelling • Public Speaking • Process Drama
8th grade drama provides an understanding of the fundamentals of theatrical improvisation and a guide to improvisational choices through the use of theatre games and exercises. This course will emphasize artistic perception and creative expression. It will promote understanding of aesthetic valuing, historical and cultural awareness and the interconnections of the arts and other disciplines. In Improvisation for the Theatre, students will be trained in the fundamental skills of the theater arts, including acting techniques, body control, voice, diction, pantomime, creating of character, projection of ideas and emotions, and acting of improvisational scenes. Students will learn the history of improvisation in theatre from story telling in indigenous theatre; improvisational stock characters in medieval pageant plays, melodrama; satirical improvisation; and contemporary improvisational companies. Improvisational acting projects will provide positive group experiences in collaborative assignments, developing self-discipline, evaluating the performances of others, and accepting constructive criticism. Instruction develops language skills and appreciation through story telling; writing scripted scenes taken from improvisation exercises; writing critiques; writing character analyses and introductions; observing with sensitivity; listening critically; and speaking effectively.