8th Grade Theatre: Exploratory Theatre

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    8th Grade Theatre

    The Black Box Theater 
    Instructor:  Mrs. Logan Carter 970-925-3760 x1022

    E-mail: lcarter@aspenk12.net


    Course Description: This course is designed to develop student skills in public speaking and performance for theatre. During the course, students will work on body language and stance, qualities of voice and projection, and basic character building for theatrical performance. Students will explore their own cultural and life experiences through improvisational techniques and exercises to collaboratively develop a scripted work.

    8th Grade CO State Standards:

    1.  Create

    1.           Creating and sustaining a believable character

    2.           Participation in improvisation and play building

    3.           Construction of technical and design elements

    2.  Perform

    1.           Characterization in performance

    2.           Technology reinforces, enhances, and/or alters a theatrical performance

    3.  Critically Respond

    1.           Recognition and evaluation of contemporary and historical contexts of theatre history

    2.           Use critical thinking skills in character analysis and performance

    3.           Respect the value of the collaborative nature of drama and theatre works


    Expectations: Homework can include (but is not limited to) learning lines, completing worksheets, written reflections, individual & group projects. Students are responsible for keeping themselves and their parents informed about their progress and grades. All grades will be visible on Power School. Grading is based on the following:

    Assignments/projects/meeting deadlines: 50%

    Class participation, discipline and personal growth: 50%


    Students will receive a participation grade, worth up to 10 points per week. In order to receive a 10 out of 10 that week, I must see STARF behavior, and evidence that the student made an effort to at least try in every activity that week.

    More important than becoming a “star” in my class is becoming a STARF.  STARF stands for:

    S- Supportive – Are you encouraging of other’s work and efforts?

    T- Team player- Do you contribute your fair share to your group, class or partner?

    A- Attitude. Did you maintain a positive attitude throughout class?

    R- Respectful- Did you treat others (and the teacher) with respect?

    F- Focused Fun. Theatre is FUN! I want you to have fun, as long as you stay focused on the task at hand.

    6 Absences:

    Two days are allowed to complete make up work for credit after an EXCUSED absence.   If a situation arises where you need to turn your work in after the due date, you must communicate with me beforehand. Communication is the key to success!

    Any questions? Please ask!!!!!  I am here for you!, so please do not hesitate to ask for clarification or help.  I am excited to have you in class and I look forward to a great quarter! -Logan Carter

    *8th Grade Theatre Classroom NORMS*
    (Students came up with these together in class) 
     8th Grade norms
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