4A and 4F students began a new unit in Drama this week: Tableau! In a tableau, participants make frozen or still images with their bodies to represent a scene. A tableau can be used to quickly establish a scene that involves a large number of characters. It can be used to explore a particular moment in a story or drama, or to replicate a photograph or artwork for deeper analysis. Please see the image posted below for more information about tableaus.
Students enjoyed playing "Earthquake and Eviction" and "Walking Wonder" as warm-up activities. They had to think and work quickly, both in individual and group settings, to devise various tableaus to represent a variety of prompts. It was a very successful week!
Students in 4A and 4F had their first couple of classes in Drama this past week! They set up their Drama duotangs for the term and were also introduced to their first assignment. Students had some rehearsal time in class and will perform their "Partner Introductions" assignment on Monday (4F) and Tuesday (4A) this week! Good luck!
Students in 4C and 4D only have one more week of classes ahead! We have had a wonderful term and it has been amazing seeing the students gain more confidence, in terms of getting up and performing in front of others. They have also begun to take more risks in class by developing characters and maintaining their focus while in role. I have witnessed some pretty amazing creativity and teamwork this term too. All in all, I will miss my 4C and 4D students and hope to see them in my Grade 4 Drama Club - beginning in May!
Students performed Scripted Scene #3 in class this past week and they'll receive their grading rubrics from me in the coming days. Duotangs have been collected and all written work has been evaluated. Students will get to take their duotangs home next week. We will spend our last class(es) together working through some improvisation activities!
4C and 4D students have been working extremely well in drama class; they are now studying and rehearsing their final scripted scene assignment! Students have been encouraged to memorize and practice their lines at home in preparation for the dress rehearsal and performance coming up next week.
4D's dress rehearsal is on Monday, March 12 and the performance is on Wednesday, March 13.
4C's dress rehearsal is on Tuesday, March 13 and the performance is on Thursday, March 14.
GOOD LUCK, KODIAKS!
4C and 4D students are currently working in the scripted scenes unit. They completed the "Secret Handshake" scene this past week, which was the first of three in the unit. Rubrics for this scene assignment will be handed out in the coming week.
I am really enjoying teaching 4C and 4D students! Both classes are taking tons of risks in class, working collaboratively and devising wonderful dramatic works. I am looking forward to our work together in this unit!
Scripted Scene #2 due dates:
4C - Dress Rehearsal in class on Tuesday, February 20
4D - Final Performance in class on Wednesday, February 21
4C - Final Performance in class on Thursday, February 22
*4C and 4D students will receive their grading rubrics for Scripted Scene #2 during the week of February, 26. Good luck!
We have been having so much fun in 4C and 4D Drama! Students have been learning about miming techniques, stage directions (including some theatre history) and are just beginning our studies in the tableau unit. They have completed two performance scenes and one written quiz. Duotangs with grading rubrics have been sent home for parental review and signatures.
This week, 4C and 4D students enjoyed learning about mime and even played a game of Charades! We will continue to explore miming techniques in the New Year.
Students also completed the Partner Introduction task this week, and evaluation rubrics have since been distributed to students.
I am looking forward to continuing our time together in the New Year, 4C and 4D Kodiaks. Enjoy the break and I'll see you all back in class in January!
- Mrs. Ross
Hello! My name is Mrs. Ross and I am currently teaching the 4C and 4D Drama classes at Nose Creek School. We meet for one period every second day (4C: days 1/3 and 4D: days 2/4), and will continue our classes together for a total of 13 weeks.
To date, the students and I have spent some time getting to know each other through the Name Five Things game, discussing classroom rules, expectations and routines, and exploring/discussing the Drama 4 course outline (see file below). We also set up our Drama duotangs for the term ahead. It was a wonderful first week of drama!
Up next: Dramatic games/energizers and the "Partner Introduction" task! The Partner Introduction task is due for 4D students on Monday and 4C students on Tuesday.
If you ever have any questions or need to get in touch with me this term, my email address is: email@example.com
- Mrs. Ross
Today marks the end of the grade four cycle one option classes. I am very sad to say goodbye to 4B and 4E students, but invite them to join "Grade 4 Drama Club" in the Spring! Grades for these option classes will be included in the February Report Cards.
We had a short week in Drama, but we sure packed in lots fun and learning! 4B and 4E students enjoyed working in small groups to create two short un-scripted scenes entitled "The BEST birthday present ever" and "The WORST birthday present ever".
The students came up with their own storyline ideas for the scenes, and were encouraged to focus on:
1. Using the stage/blocking - i.e. thinking about entrances/exits and where they travel/stand on the stage
2. Incorporating vocal/body/facial expressions - i.e. developing characters with specific traits
3. Team work - i.e. working together to include everyone in the scene equally
The scenes were really well done, and students received feedback both orally and in written form (rubric). We have now moved onto our final unit in Drama: Improvisation! Students will work in teams to complete various warm-ups, activities and challenges during this unit. Our last drama class will be on December 7!