6th Grade Theatre

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6th Grade Theatre

Course Description

During our semester together, we will explore the fundamentals of theatre arts. As a class, we will answer the question “What is Theatre?” We will focus on voice, body, and imagination while developing a common theatre vocabulary and understanding of theatre. We will participate in ensemble building activities, explore different elements of physical theatre and storytelling, and perform short scenes and improvisations with each other. As a community, we will explore, we will take risks, and we will support each other. Most importantly, we will have fun!


Big Ideas Explored

  • Ensemble
  • Types of Stages & Stage Directions
  • Pantomime
  • Storytelling/Public Speaking
  • Creative Drama
  • Performing in Front of an Audience
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Theatrical Design


Skills

In middle school theatre arts, students will develop the following skills:

  • Engagement, Collaboration, and Safety: Students will come prepared for class, participate productively in class activities, collaborate in cooperative groups, and follow class procedures.
  • Application of Theatrical Practices: Students will demonstrate understanding through quizzes, small-scale performances, notebook checks, personal feedback, and other in-class activities.
  • Expression as an Artist: Students will demonstrate understanding through large-scale projects. These projects are most often performances or portfolio work. These projects and performances will always be rehearsed or primarily prepared in class, and the date the grade will be given is announced well in advance.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will know the difference between criticism and constructive criticism, and will practice giving and receiving criticism in class.


I look forward to our semester together! There are many amazing things to be learned in a theatre class, and I am excited that I will get to work with you and help you discover these things for yourself. I promise to come in each day prepared to teach and to have fun. I ask that you come in with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a dedication to your work. Most importantly, I ask that we all respect ourselves, our space, and each other. If we each do our part, I know we will have a great year!