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Year 10 Drama


COURSE TITLE:

 Year 10 Drama

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This year you will build on drama from year nine.  You will continue to develop your creativity, communication skills and ability to work sensitively and cooperatively with others.  You will also look more closely at performance elements, techniques, conventions and technologies as you look further at the role drama plays in the community and the outside world.

Your course will be in divided into three units.

You will be assessed on the four strands of the Arts Curriculum.


LEVEL 5

Developing Practical Knowledge:(PK)

Select and use techniques, conventions, and relevant technologies for specific drama purposes.


Developing Ideas(DI)

Select and refine ideas to develop drama for specific purposes.


Communicating and Interpreting:(CI)

Present and respond to drama and describe how drama combines elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies to create structure and meaning in their own and others’ work.


Understanding Drama in Context:(UC)

Investigate the characteristics, purposes, and function of drama in a range of contexts.


COURSE COSTS:


WHAT WILL I LEARN?

TERM ONE:


USING DRAMA ELEMENTS AND TECHNIQUES TO CREATE ROLE:

First we will revise and explore elements and techniques.  Drawing on some aspects of verbatim theatre you will present a very short sequence of a memory piece in a group that comes from a provocation and theme.  The focus will be on all four techniques  and how intricate small changes can transform your body and voice into another character completely.

The strands being assessed are: PK, CI

USING DRAMA ELEMENTS, TECHNIQUES AND CONVENTIONS TO DEVISE DRAMA

This will involve working in groups to present a devised performance.  We will explore drama elements, techniques and conventions , and how to use them effectively to communicate meaning. You will then work as a group to devise a short 3-4 minute performance using a maori legend/classic story/urban myth as a stimulus. You will explore a concept or idea that comes from that story.  It is likely we will use a common soundscape to help build the performance.  You will clearly establish a setting by defining the elements of Drama in your work.  Careful selection of the drama techniques of voice, body, movement and space will help convey your character and their place within the story.  Effective use of movement and space will be a key focus.  If desired you will finally add music and soundscapes to highlight the meaning and theme in your performance. Careful selection of conventions will help to define meaning and structural conventions will help to shape your work. You will assess another group’s performance by commenting on their techniques and discussing how they effectively presented the theme/s.

The strands being assessed are: PK, DI, CI


TERM TWO: - UNDERSTANDING PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES


PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES:

You will be introduced to key components of production technologies. Time will depend on how many we cover specifically but we aim to look at lighting design and operations, set design and making, costume design and construction, make-up design and application, sound design and creation of soundscape. The core basics of these will be explored and you will be given opportunities to decide what interests you the most. You will put your learning into action by running technical components for another group performance/mini production.


PRODUCTION TIME:

As a class we will split into two groups. A short 5 - 7min script/scene will be rehearsed by each group. When you are not performing you will be running the production technologies for another group. Scripts /scenes will be decided on in class, based on the strengths and interests of the group. It is most likely to be presented at a lunchtime with an invited audience.

The strands being assessed are: PK, CI

  • NB Writing and recording is not a focus at this level as we spend our limited time DOING drama. However, it is expected that you have a journal/exercise book where you plan, brainstorm, record relevant information as well as information you may receive as part of your learning. You will also store your marks and feedback from work in class. It is expected that at times you will also record skills being used in your work and reflect on your own and other's work. Most recording will happen in class time.

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

This course is ideal preparation for the senior courses in Drama which will be assessed for NCEA.