Instructor: Tom Beckett
School: Cleveland H.S.
School year: 2013-14
Course number: 1111DA
Course title: Drama 1-2
Subject: FA-CTE/Arts/World Lang Yr 3
Grade level(s):
Credits: 0
Course description:
Intermediate Drama 3-4 provides students with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how improvisation informs the actual craft of acting, conceiving, and writing for classroom performance projects. Additional performance projects involve the CHS student body and the CHS community of family and friends. Students study the process of applying improvisational techniques to scene study, to performing the One-Act play, and devising original scenes and monologues.
Drama 1-2 is a prerequisite for Drama 3-4. Students need to have had prior performance experience and /or have approval from the instructor if they are entering from eighth grade to Drama 3-4.
Standards and final proficiencies:
* Students must have experience in creating an original or adapted piece of theatre, scene, monologue, or short play.
* Students must learn the play production process from choosing a text and seeing through the rehearsal and technical process to the performance.

Students must demonstrate and to the degree that they demonstrate effort are considered successful when they show evidence of the following:
1. Commitment to the performance project. Attendance, participation, attention to the everyday tasks needed for the advancement of the project are included here.
2. Demonstrated evidence of research of appropriate materials for the performance projects scheduled. This includes reading, presenting ideas to the group through a critical thinking process.
3. Follow through of the commitment to produce, re-write, build, paint, and create their part of the technical production.
4. Execute their role in the production as actor, director, stage manager, narrator, etc.
5. Through the evaluation process students will identify the skills learned and transfer these learning pieces to the next project.
Schedule of topics/units covered:
First Quarter:
--What is adaptation?
--How do we adapt a children's book to a play?
--Who is our audience and how to we meet their needs of comprehension?
--What are the skills needed to work through the production process?
--What technical, collaborative, interpersonal, and organizational skills will we apply to the process?
-- How do we engage our audience before and after our presentation?
--How do we divide the labor, gather our materials, and insure success with the resources we have?
--What are the appropriate kinds of performances we can create for our school and community?
--What are the realistic goals of production that we must consider before venturing into a new project? What lessons from the past do we bring?
Academic vocabulary:
Curriculum Concepts:
Truth in Acting
Rules for Improvisation
Actor's Objective, Intention
Supporting your acting partner
Short Form Improv
Long Form Improv
Two Person Scene
The One-Act Play
District adopted materials:
There is no adopted district text for Drama.
Supplemental resources:
Students will investigate a spectrum of literature including poetry, short stories, short plays, and music.
Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):
The differentiation strategies used in this course are based on the evidence (data) received through multiple forms of pre, ongoing, and formative assessments. Described here are the types of assessments used and specific differentiation strategies in place to meet the needs of ALL learners (including TAG, ESL, Special Ed...)

The differentiation strategies used in this course are based on the evidence (data) received through multiple forms of pre, ongoing, and formative assessments. Described here are the types of assessments used and specific differentiation strategies in place to meet the needs of ALL learners (including TAG, ESL, Special Ed...)

All lesson plans and projects have an inherent but clearly scaffolded structure that allows students to both challenge their limits as well as find their comfort level. Students in need of modification are equal in status but permitted to take on a role or position within the group that they can be successful within. Students who need extra support are paired or grouped with students who work side by side with them. As the instructor, I assist students with special needs, urging and protecting their performance, and monitoring their rate and level of achievement. Performance based learning provides everyone with the sense of "buying into" the project and meeting or exceeding their personal ability or skill level.
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Career Information System (CIS)
  • Project-based Learning
  • School-based business
ODE Essential Skills and related Work Samples:
  • Read and comprehend a variety of text
    Assessments used to assess this Essential Skill:
    Formative Assessments, including quizzes, discussions, exit slips.
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
    Assessments used to assess this Essential Skill:
  • Think critically and analytically
    Assessments used to assess this Essential Skill:
    Formative assessments include: discussions, rehearsal critique
Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:
Grades come in the form of:
1. Daily FIve Point System
2. Written assignments at 10 additional points per assignment
3. Self Evaluation of their performance based experience: 50 points
4. Instructor Assessment of their performance based project 50 points
Behavioral expectations:
The Daily Five Point Assessment covers professional behavior as follows:
1. Prompt: Students must be on time to contribute to the project
2. Prepared: Students must follow through with materials needed.
3. Participating: Students must give their energy, ideas, and positive attitude in order to progress toward a successful goal.
4. Productivity: Students are either part of the problem solving solution that brings them closer each day to the final product or they are a deterrent to the goal.
5. Polite: Students must be very sensitive to the ideas and feelings of others when working toward a goal together. At the same time students need to have the courage to contribute their ideas and be heard as well.

In performance based learning the behavior and the work are integrated. Together with the commitment to the work and the commitment to working through relationships within the group the students will experience the "real world" of production.
Safety issues and requirements:
The following safety issues are covered within the course:
1. Students will be moving light sets, Charis, tables, etc. from one location to another on and off stage. We review how such objects are to be handled safely.
2. Students will be painting and cutting, however, only cardboard is used as a material, so no power tools are used.
3. Students are instructed in the safety and maintenance of working with paint, on an elevated stage, among others who are also working actively in the same environment.

Approved by Juanita Valder on 11/4/2013.