Year 9 Drama

Course and Assessment Overview 2019

Week Content Assessments

Term 1

1

Introduction to Drama

Introduce class to warm ups for body, voice, mind. Encouraging creativity in small group tasks and learning about group work through improvisation.

Introduction of ‘Participation sheet’ to be kept by the student throughout the course and handed in at appointed time (30%)
2

Melodrama

Miming techniques and improvisation conventions explored through melodrama

 
3

Safe practices

Planning for this and monitored during performances.

 
4

Stock characters

Explored through soap operas and other relevant forms of performance

 
5

Creating dramatic tension

How to build to a climax. How this is done in different types of performance. Adapting to own performances.

 
6

Body language

Actions speak louder than words. Discussion and adaptation through miming activities.

 
7

Characterisation

Putting yourself into someone else’s shoes and taking on their personality, values, morals, habits, etc.

 
8

Reflective practices

How to positively and effectively reflect on your own and others work.

Soap opera performance due (20%)
9

Commedia Dell’Arte

Introduction to new form of Drama

 
10

Shaping the elements of Drama

Manipulating the elements of drama through exploration of Commedia characters

 

Term 2

1

Slapstick

Viewing and performing skits in this form of drama

 
2

Engaging audiences

Considering who your target audiences are and what they will connect with/find entertaining

 
3

Stage craft

Set, props, positioning of actors, etc.

 
4

Mood and atmosphere

How to create this using stage, actors, audience positioning

Commedia Dell’Arte skits (20%)

Drama file submitted for assessment (30%)

Participation sheet handed in along with written work.

5

Levels and status

How important this is especially in Commedia Dell’Arte

 
6

Production roles

Researching own preferred production roles and creating sets/costumes for a chosen theatrical piece

 
7

Design and technology

Enhancing performance and mood using music, lighting and other elements

 
8

The impact of choices

Sticking to your own vision vs. giving people what they want. Is there just one way to do things?

 
9

Stereotypes

Reflecting on how they have been used throughout the course and how they create meaning

 
10

Conclusion to the course

Brainstorms on what has been taught, favourite parts of the course.

 

This document is subject to revision.

The Year 9 Syllabus for Drama can be found on the SCSA website.

http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/