Instructor: Josh Forsythe
School: Jefferson
School year: 2008-09
Course number: 1114A
Course title: Theatre 1
Subject: Fine and Performing Arts
Grade level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1
Course description:
Students will get an opportunity to learn the skills of the successful improvisational performer. Students will also get a chance to study the tools an actor uses to create a character for the stage. You will study voice work, physical training, character building, and scene work. Students should be ready for a very active, participation –based experience.
Priority standards:
Schedule of topics/units covered:
Improvisation and Communication, Pantomime, Voice Work, History of Theatre, Open Scenes, Duo Scenes, One acts and Issue plays
Academic vocabulary:
District adopted materials:
Not using district materials
Supplemental resources:
Games for Actors and Non-actors by Augusto Boal
Theatre for community and dialogue by Michael Rohd
At Play Teaching Teenagers Theater by Elizabeth Swados
Units of study will also be augmented with supplementary readings provided by the instructor
Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):
·Differentiated assignments
·Compacting curriculum
·Higher order thinking and questioning strategies
·Independent research/research project
·Cluster/flexible grouping
·Individual instruction
·Extension activities
·Learning style emphasis
Final proficiencies:
·Students will demonstrate vocal and physical acting techniques through a performance of scenes
·Students will demonstrate the ability to respond critically to performances using theater terminology· Students will explain the influence of theatre on human behavior, community life and cultural traditions
·Students will reflect on their theatrical experience using a journal
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Project-based Learning
Essential skills to be taught:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
  • Use technology
Essential skills to be assessed:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:
Grades are based on a percentage basis (90% and above is an A, 80% and above is a B, etc.), and will include participation, completion of assignments, unit tests and performances. Theater is an action-based class. It requires a student to participate in all activities in order to learn. A student will be graded on their participation and effort in all activities.Journal Entries will be done in class every Friday. A minimum of one half page per entry. Each entry will be worth 10 points.Performances will be done at the end of each unit. Each major performance will be worth 25 to 50 points. A rubric will be used to score the performance.
Late Work:Journal Entries may be up to one week late and still receive half credit (5 points).Anything past one week will not be accepted.Performances are done on the performance days for the unit and cannot be made up. “The tickets are sold and the show must go on”. Prearranged absences or excused absences may perform on an alternate day provided they have a note.
Written Assignments turned in late will go down one letter grade every day that they are late. Keep in mind that this means from the original grade. So an, ‘A’ one day late would receive a ‘B’.
Behavioral expectations:
Students are expected to adhere to all Jefferson High School rules and policies. Students will also be expected to follow the classroom ground rules and work to protect classroom civil rights.
Classroom Ground Rules1. Conduct yourself in a safe manner and be healthy2. Do not disturb the class3. No Damaging other people or there property4. Be here to learn and listen5. Tell the truthClassroom Civil RightsBecause you are present and participating in class, you have the right to:1. Learn2. Belong3. Hear and be heard4. Compassionate treatment5. Be safe
Students it is important that you know and think about these rights (they will always be posted)
Act to make sure you have them and respect them for others
Safety issues and requirements:

Approved by Margaret Calvert on 9/15/2008.