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TH 302 Creative Drama
morgan, marsha


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

TH 302 Creative Drama (LL)

Semester

FA 2007 HO

Faculty

marsha m. morgan

Title

Associate Professor of Theatre

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Theatre Performance + Interdepartmental major in English, Indiana University
M.A.  Theatre: Directing, Indiana University

Office Location

Alumni Hall, 3rd floor

Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  8:30-10:30 a.m.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6450

Other Phone

None

E-Mail

marsha.morgan@park.edu

None

Web Page

None

Semester Dates

8/20 - 12/15/2007

Class Days

-M---F-

Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Heinig, Ruth Beall.  Creative Drama for the Classroom Teacher.  
   Fourth edition.  
   Englewood Cliffs, NY:  Prentice Hall, 1993. 
         Available for purchase at the Park Book Store.
 
Packet of additional reference materials.
   (Distributed to class by instructor.  No charge.)

Additional Resources:


1 package of white 5"x8" lined index cards

Packet of informational materials provided by instructor.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
Theory and practice of the use of creative drama as an alternative teaching/learning tool and as a support technique in working with diverse-needs populations and age groups-such as drama in education for curricular and language skill enhancement; drama as self-esteem, social interaction, and coordination building tools; and drama in therapy. Includes off-campus workshop opportunities in area schools. Especially recommended for Education, Communications, Psychology, and Human Service majors and recreation leaders. 1:2:3

Educational Philosophy:

I believe most people learn more effectively when engaged in a learning environment that is simultaneously stimulating in ways psychological and physical as well as emotional and intellectual.  Therefore, this course will be conducted through the various means of instructor lecture (limited) and demonstration, student involvement as both leaders and participants, reading and written lesson planning based primarily on the course text, class participation and discussion regarding the evaluation of both self-led and other-led activities, and a culminating written and presentation project.

Class Assessment:

A.  Regular attendance as defined below.
B.  Activities/Written Work:  Guide sheets will be provided for each of the following:
   1.  Creating, observing, leading, participation in and evaluation of in-class creative drama activities (includes written lesson plans--a guide sheet will be provided.)
   2.  Creating, observing, leading and evaluating drama with children.
   3.  The creation of a researched and documented activity design project from which the student will draw the activities used in direct work with children.
   4.  A written observation/evaluation of one child's drama skills and responses.
   5.  Written self-evaluation of own activity project design and workshop project leadership.
   6.  An index card activity file of creative drama exercises as an on-going semester project for submission with your final research project.
C.  Reading:  Textbook plus various additional creative drama resources:  mine and whatever else you can find.
D.  Dress: 
   1.  In-class work days:  You are going to move around quite a bit--especially at the beginning.  You will also acquire an intimate working relationship with the floor. . .and it will not always be exceptionally clean.  Wear soft-soled shoes and clothing in which you can move freely.
         Acceptable:  sweats, loose jeans, leotards/tights, tennis/athletic shoes, bare feet
         Absolutely no:  chewing gum, caps, hats, excessive jewelry, hard-soled shoes or heels, dresses, skirts, tight-fitting
            clothes
   2.  Presentation days:  Dress for success!
E.  Exams:  None.  However a final written evaluation of the course and of your perception of your work in this course is required.  A guide sheet will be provided at a later date.
F.  Out-of-class attendance:  The intent of this class is that  it culminate in actual work sessions with real children, youth, and/or adults.  Due to the size of the class, this will--of necessity--involve the scheduling of some out of class workshop sessions.  Advance notice will be given.
G.  Student-to-Instructor Communication:  If you have any questions regarding an assignment, or if you have a conflict that seriously interferes with your ability to complete any aspect of this course by the date due, notify me immediately.  Do not wait until the last week of class.
H.  Extra credit:  None will be given.  Plan to keep up with the course requirements indicated above.

Grading:

20%   Daily Attendance/Discussion/Participation/Cooperation
20%   Daily chapter written work/oral presentations/lesson plans/in-class leadership
20%   Activity card file
10%   Self-Evaluation
10%   Child/Other student observation evaluations
20%   CORE ASSESSMENT ASSIGNMENT:  Research activity design project and 1/2-hour interactive workshop presentation with children.
NOTE:  Presentations, study sheets, readings and papers are due on dates assigned.  Papers received after the assigned due date will be marked down one grade for each subsequent meeting day of the class.  Specific grading criteria will be stipulated on the guide sheets for each grading area.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

1.  Papers, presentations, etc., are due on dates as assigned.  Papers/presentations/etc. received after the designated class session will be marked down one grade lower for each meeting day of the class.
2.  The student is responsible for anything missed on the day s/he was absent.  This includes making up lost work getting assignments for the upcoming class, etc.
3.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
4.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of an F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

An attitude of cooperative participation accompanied by a positive demeanor and appropriate behavior are imperative to your success in this course.
1.  "Cooperative participation":  All students will participate as fully as physically possible in all in-class activities, discussions, etc.
2.  Positive (Respectful) Demeanor/Appropriate Behavior:  All students are expected to exhibit a mature and supportive attitude at all times during class.  Examples of inappropriate attitude or behavior:
a.  derogatory comments/eye-rolling/snickering, etc. during individual performances or discussions
b.  whispered conversations during individual performances or discussions
c.  excessive rattling of papers and materials during individual performances or discussions
d.  entering or exiting the classroom during individual performances
e.  excessive off-the-topic verbal interruptions or discussion domination
NOTE:  Please note the current Park University Undergraduate Catalogue for further information on University policies regarding student conduct expectations.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

8/20      Intro to course and texts; instructor-led demo activities
            Assignment from packet:  Read summary of chapters 1-3 & respond in writing to assigned questions.
8/24      Discussion: text chapters 1-3; instructor-led activities from chapter 4
            Assignment:  Read "Setting Limits in the Classroom" & respond in writing to assigned questions.
8/27      Discussion:  "Setting Limits in the Classroom" + instructor-led activities
            Assignment:  Student-led activities from Heinig, Chapter 5; 3 activity cards due
8/31      Assignment:  Student-led activities from Heinig, Chapter 5
9/3        LABOR DAY -- NO CLASSES
9/7        Assignment:  Student-led activities from Heinig, Chapter 6; 3 activity cards due + presentation topic
9/10      Assignment:  Student-led activities from Heinig, Chapter 6
9/14      Assignment:  Student-led activities from Heinig, Chapter 7; 3 activity cards due
9/17      Assignment:  Discussion/demos on inappropriate partipant behaviors and possible interventions/Preparation for presentations + deadlines  
9/21      Assignment:  Student-led activities from Heinig, Chapter 8; 3 activity cards due  
9/24      Assignment:  Student-led activities from Heinig, Chapter 9; 3 activity cards due
9/28      FYI:  9/28, 29, 3/4, 5, 6 @ 8:00 p.m.:  Park Theatre presents the Neil Simon comedy, Rumors
10/1      Assignment:  Preparation for presentations / DUE:  Project subject and summary
10/5      Assignment:  Preparation for presentations / DUE:  Project justification
10/8      Assignment:  Preparation for presentations / DUE:  In-class work session on project 
10/12    Assignment:  Project justification returned with comments & recommendations / Work session
10/13-10/21 -- FALL BREAK
10/22    DUE:  PROPOSED SCHOOL PRESENTATION PROJECT AND ALL PRESENTATION ACTIVITY CARDS 
10/26    Revised presentation plans & presentation rehearsals 
10/29    Final preparations for work with children
11/2      Project presentations begin
DEADLINE NOTES:  The written self-evaluation of your presentation is due no later than 4 days following the in-class presentation so that you can effectively capture the details of your immediate response to your presentation experience.  Fellow student and child observations are due no later than 2 days following the date the observation takes place.
11/5     Project presentations
11/9     Project presentations
11/12   VETERAN'S DAY HOLIDAY
11/16   Project presentations
11/19   Project presentations
11/22-25   THANKSGIVING RECESS
11/26   Project presentations
11/30   Project presentations
12/3     Project presentations
12/7     DUE:  Card file  (15 from chapters + 9 from plan = 24 cards)
12/10-14   FINALS WEEK:  DUE -- Written evaluation and discussion of course
12/15   COMMENCEMENT 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Instructor-required attendance expectations:
1. This is a participation class and therfore requires your daily presence and involvement accompanied by a positive attitude and appropriately accompanying behavior.
2. ONLY TWO ABSENCES WILL BE ALLOWED before the attendance portion of the semester grade begins to drop one letter grade per day missed.(Please check the current Park University Undergraduate Catalogue for University policies regarding daily student class attendance and final exam attendance expectations.)
3.  SPORTS EVENT PARTICIPATION COURSE CONFLICTS:  EACH STUDENT ATHLETE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE INSTRUCTOR WITH:
-- a complete schedule of games by the end of the first week of class
-- a signed statement of written notification of intent to miss class for sports participation EACH TIME A CLASS WILL BE MISSED.  This statement MUST BE CO-SIGNED BY THE SUPERVISING COACH for that sport and DELIVERED TO MY OFFICE NO LATER THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE CLASS THAT WILL BE MISSED.
-- Any written work that is due for the day you will miss must accompany your advance written notification of absence.
4.  Class will start precisely at the time published in the Park University Course Schedule.  3 late arrivals equal one unexcused absence.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:8/17/2007 3:38:48 PM