Grade 8 Drama Syllabus

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Middle School Speech & Drama Syllabus – Grade 8

Mrs. Ahuna – Middle School Speech & Drama Kekelakekeuokalani Room 1110

Phone 982-0483 Email

The target of Eighth grade Drama will be developing oral communication skills. We will focus on individual

projects to build experience and self-confidence, as well as collaborations that allow students to be part of something greater than themselves.

In addition to becoming more comfortable in front of an audience, theatre work contributes to the development of many life skills that will serve your keiki well in school and beyond.


Learning to concentrate on a task.


As an audience or performer, being attentive to detail, sensitive to multiple points of view and

using observations to think analytically.

Creative Problem Solving

Being able to experiment and develop new solutions in a process that starts with a concept

and ends with a product (performance).


Creating and meeting scheduled commitments and deadlines.


Learning to present oneself clearly and with a purpose.


Learning to articulate your ideas and listen to the Ideas of others.


Learning to work together using negotiation, compromise and respect to

achieve a mutual goal.


Taking responsibility for oneself by setting goals, participating, being punctual, showing initiative

and following through.

Kamehameha Schools Performing Arts Content Standards

Grade 8 Content Areas of Study

1. Students script write by planning and recording improvisations based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature and history.

2. Students act by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations.

3. Students design by visualizing and arranging environments for classroom dramatizations.

4. Students direct by planning classroom dramatizations.

5. Students research by finding information to support classroom dramatizations.

6. Students compare and connect art forms by describing theatre, dramatic media (such as film, television, and electronic media), and other art forms.

7. Students analyze and explain personal preferences and construct meanings from classroom dramatizations and from theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions.

8. Students understand context by recognizing the role of theatre, film, television and electronic media in daily life.

Unit 1

Performance Skills:

Tools of an actor including voice, movement and interpretation

Unit 2


Conventions of Scriptwriting; Character Development; Portraying Motive; Creating an Environment; The Role of Dramatic Tension

Unit 3

High School Musical: “The Wizard of Oz” November 8th, 9th & 10th Integration of performance, choral & choreography

Unit 4

Technical Theatre

Set building, Math integration


Unit 5

Producing a Formal Play: February 21st, 2013

Management and Support Roles; Auditions and Casting; Developmental Stages of Rehearsals; Design and Building of Costume/Makeup/Props; Technical Theatre including Lighting/Sound/Effects; Performance; Constructive Critique; Self- Evaluation and Reflection

Unit 6


Introduction to film-making basics pre, during and post production

Unit 7

Opportunities in Theatre – Dates TBA

O`ahu huaka`i to explore school, career and enrichment opportunities in the performing arts

Course Materials and Text

Although we do not use a text in the formal sense, many of our notes and exercises will come from the following:

StageWrite by Deborah Salzer Theatre Arts II by Engelsman and Engelsman Introduction to Theatre Arts 2 by Suzi Zimmerman

Learner Expectations

 Participate fully in all individual and team exercises

 Complete all class assignments and homework on time for each unit.

 Attend all scheduled rehearsals  Attend at least two performances (theatre,

dance or music concert) with drama class or `ohana

 Write a critique of each performance

 Participate in the chosen class production

 Actively work as a team member to design, create, or collect props, costumes, make-up, sets and publicity for all productions

Grading Weights

Grades are be based upon the following:

80 % 20 %

– Summative Assessments including tests, performances, rehearsals & evaluations

– Formative Assessments including participation, homework and class work

Grading Scale As stated in the Student and Parent handbook

Student Behavioral Expectations

Students are expected to follow the expectations outlined in the Middle School Policies and Procedures section of the student handbook. In addition, our drama class expectations are listed below:

1. Respect everyone 2. Everyone Participates 3. Creative Solutions to Problems 4. School Rules Apply 5. Have Fun


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