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DRAMATIC ARTS
Course Code: ADA3M
Grade: 11 – University/College Preparation

Course Description
This course requires students to create and to perform dramatic presentations. Students will analyze, interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900. Central to the study of drama is the concept of process, where students “learn by doing”. Students will also do research on different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create original works, and analyze the functions of playwright, director,actor, producer, designer, technician, and audience.

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
Credit: One
Teacher: Michael Kissoon
Email: mkissoon@torontoprepschool.com
Extra Help: Mon-Fri 9-9:50 AM or after school by appointment only.
Course Wiki: http://tpshome.wikispaces.com/

Course Topics:
Unit 1 – Ritual to the Theatre of Ancient Rome
Unit Length: 20 Hours
We begin by tracing the human theatrical condition from its early beginnings as a means of survival and understanding of the world that surrounds early civilizations. This investigation takes on more scriptural base as we look at Theatre in Greece and how it played in politics,religion, morality and power. The unit concludes with the historical/military move to Rome and how this culture influences the face and purpose of theatre. The students will examine several scripts from the two eras and perform a scene from “Antigone” by Sophocles.

Unit 2 – Elizabethan Theatre
Unit Length: 26 Hours
From the context of theatrical history a new life will be given to the works of Shakespeare and how his work and those of the other playwrights of his time fit into the volatile English monarchy of Elizabethan Times. The students will get a chance to read, see and perform pieces from Shakespeare’s canon.

Unit 3 – Restoration Theatre
Unit Length: 20 Hours
Focusing primarily on France, we will examine the changes that surface during the Restoration Period and how that has helped shape the theatre we are familiar with today. The students will perform scenes from Moliere’s “Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed”.

Unit 4 – Twentieth Century Drama
Unit Length: 18 Hours
The students will study and perform excerpts from selected Western plays from the early 20th Century in context.

Unit 5 – Modern Theatre
Unit Length: 26 Hours
We conclude with a look at where theatre is now in both international and Canadian modern theatre. The students get the chance to perform both a monologue and a scene from two modern plays.

Course-Culminating Task
The course-culminating task is a final written examination worth 30% of each student’s final grade. The examination covers the overall expectations of the entire course.
Assessment and Evaluation
This course is primarily assignment-based: 70% course work – assignments, quizzes, tests, projects etc – and the CCT is 30%.
Academic Due Dates
All homework, assignments and projects will have a due date and a “window of opportunity” date. Students should submit the homework/assignment/project to their subject teacher on the due date. If a student does not submit the task on this due date, the subject teacher will contact the parents/guardian to notify them of the outstanding work that day. The subject teacher will not provide support after the due date has passed.
The “window of opportunity” date represents the FINAL date in which the subject teacher will accept the homework/assignment/project. All work submitted on the original due date will also be returned to the students on this day.
For additional details, please refer to the Student Handbook and course Calendar.

Overall Course Expectations:By the end of the course, students will have undertaken the following tasks:-
Theory• describe various approaches to acting;• demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of the elements, principles, and techniques of dramatic arts;• describe the background and conventions of dramatic forms, sources, and scripts from the turn of the twentieth century;
Creation• interpret a variety of roles/characters, using the techniques of character development;• create and present an original or adapted dramatic work;• identify strategies for audience involvement and response, and incorporate them in the creation and performance of dramatic presentations;• use technology to develop a drama, or to enhance the communicative power of a drama.
Analysis• evaluate each of the steps taken in the process of creating and presenting their dramatic pieces, using appropriate dramatic arts terminology;• evaluate dramatic performances presented in the school and the community;• explain how dramatic arts represent, influence, and contribute to culture and society;• explain how the study of dramatic arts can foster self-development and global awareness;• analyse the personal, social, and career skills acquired through the study of dramatic arts.

Class Expectations:
Be on time!
Attend regularly!
Come prepared with all necessary materials, tools and attitude.
Be responsible! It is your responsibility to catch up on all missed classes and/or assignments.
Be alive! No zombies allowed…mostly.
Participate! Drama is process…and it is your class.
Be respectful. Encourage your colleagues with constructive criticism. There is zero tolerance for “negging”.
Be disciplined. Good performances require hard work.
Be creative! Drama is creativity in action…