TH 302 Creative Drama
SP 2012 HO
Ph.D., University of Kansas, TheatreM.A., University of Kansas, TheatreBS, Secondary Ed. Language Arts, University of Kansas
Alumni Hall, 3rd floor
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Jan. 16-May 11, 2012
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Additional Resources: Other materials may be needed for various projects, but the costs should be minimal. Handouts will be given and/or posted on e-companion, and some internet sources will also be used, as well as library sources.
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Educational Philosophy: All dreamatics and theatrical work is essentially an ensemble (team) and social effort. Studying ways to utilize creative dramatics as an educational, personal experience, or tool is also an ensemble and social effort and can only be learned through participation in classes and class projects done before and during class time. Work and learning on the university level should be collaborative, yet guided. This course will utilize various means of teaching and learning: limited lecture and demonstration, student involvement as both leaders and participants, reading, and written lesson planning based primarily on the course text, class participation and discussion. The semester will culminate in a final project to be submitted in writing as well as presented to the class.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Jan. 18 Handout syllabus; discussion of course objectives and requirements; first experience: write a narrative about your past experiences with drama, theatre, performance, creative dramatics and follow that with some memories of interesting learning experiences you have had in classrooms or out-of-school activities. You will have 20 minutes to write. Please use all of these 30 minutes.
Storytelling techniques presented in a videotape.
ASSIGNMENT: For next class period, read Chapters on Creative Drama: An Art, a Socializing Activity, and a Way of Learning,; Imagination is the Beginning; Play; and Movement and Rhythms; Speech and Speech-Related Activities; and Storytelling: We are All Storytellers; and handouts.
ASSIGNMENT: Find or devise a story which can be used for dramatization. Prepare to tell the story in class on Feb. 6th.
SEMESTER-LONG ASSIGNMENT: Begin a Creative Dramatics Exercise Notebook, 8x11 notebook. Start making daily entries (in this case daily means 5 entries per week) noting ideas for creative dramatics exercises. At the end of each chapter, you will find a section "Suggested Assignments" and “Journal Writing”. In this section you will find a series of suggestions that will give you ideas for your Creative Dramatics Exercise entries and for recording in your notebook responses to the reading. The notebook will be due April 25th. That means you will need to have 70 well planned entries for a top grade. Do it daily and it won't be a problem. Please see the handout guideline for content and format.
Jan. 23 Creative dramatics improv/movement experience. Discussion of experience and relationship to reading assignment.
ASSIGNMENT: For Jan. 25 class period BRING SOME KIND OF INSTRUMENT–found or homemade noisemaker. Be inventive.
Jan. 25 ASSIGNMENT: For Jan. 30 class read Chapters on Pantomime: The Next Step; Improvisation: Characters Move and Speak, and handouts.
NOTE--PLEASE BRING SOME KIND OF COSTUME OR PROP PIECE NEXT TIME--some ordinary or unusual object or costume which can be used by the class during improvisation work.
Jan. 30 Creative dramatics improv/movement experience. Discussion of experience and its relationship to assigned reading.
Feb. 1 Continued discussion and experimentation.
ASSIGNMENT: Individual stories due next class.
Feb. 6 Telling class individual stories. Continued discussion and experimentation.
ASSIGNMENT: OBSERVE an outside-of-class venue site and the dynamics of the site and then PLAN your out-of-class a creative dramatics experience. TURN IN TWO DETAILED LESSON PLANS THREE WEEKS BEFORE YOUR IN-CLASS PRESENTATION. I’LL GIVE YOU FEEDBACK within a week. THEN YOU WILL PREPARE THE LESSON PLAN SELECTED FOR AN IN-CLASS PRESENTATION one week later. AFTER YOUR IN-CLASS PRESENTATION AND FEEDBACK SESSION, ARRANGE THE TIME FOR YOUR OUT-OF-CLASS ACTIVITY PRESENTATION.
(Please note your instructor needs to attend that presentation).
ASSIGNMENT: Prepare Self-evaluation Assessment of your Storytelling. A guide for this Self-Evaluation will be provided. Due Feb. 15.
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chs. Puppetry and Mask Making; Dramatic Structure: The Play Takes Shape; Buidling Plays from Stories, and handouts.
Feb. 8 Finish storytelling. Division into groups for the purpose of planning and improvising the group selected story or stories told. If possible, begin discussion of puppet and mask making. Explain and discuss Mask-making, Puppet-making and Character creation in preparation for developing a script for a Puppet/Mask/Actor production for children.
Choose date for outside-of-class workshop session.
Feb. 13 Explain and discuss Mask-making, Puppet-making and Character creation in preparation for developing a script for a Puppet/Mask/Actor production for children. Group work improvising, discussing and beginning the creation of a "play" to be prepared by the group using puppets, masks and/or actors. Begin with choosing the “story” to dramatize and then creating the characters that will be included in the "cast" of your group’s "play".
ASSIGNMENT: Puppets or masks will, by necessity of time constraints, need to be made outside of class. Due Feb. 22.
Group work–choosing and improvising characters for the “puppet/mask/actor” productions.
ASSIGNMENT: Read handouts.
Feb. 15 STORYTELLING ASSESSMENTS DUE.
Feb. 22 Show and tell about puppets made. Group work improvising, discussing and creating the “play” to be prepared by the group using puppets, masks and/or actors. Experimentation should begin with creating individual characters that will be included in the “cast” of the “play” your group is developing. This "play" will be presented to the class Feb. 27.
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chs. Drama as a Teaching Tool; Creative Drama for the Special Child; Creative Drama in Alternative Spaces; Playgoing for Appreciation and Learning and handouts.
Feb. 27 Puppet/mask story dramatizations due today. Discuss ways to improve the experience. The remainder of the period will be devoted to further work on puppet/mask story dramatizations. These "plays" will be presented to children either March 5 or 7. After the "plays", which are dramatizations of stories using puppets, masks, and actors, there will be follow-up discussion of the experience.
Feb. 29 Discuss puppet/mask/actor story dramatizations and discuss ways to improve the experience. Preparations for Puppet Show. Determine who can come early to help transport and set-up. Work on puppet/mask/actor plays. Puppet plays either March 5 or 7.
March 5 Puppet plays.
ASSIGNMENT: Prepare for March 19 the assessment of the Puppet Play and your contribution to it.
ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapters 10 and 11 and handouts.
March 7 Discuss Puppet show. Puppet play assessment due March 19.
Begin Out-of-class activity in-class presentations.
ASSIGNMENT: Read Ch. Creating Plays from Other Sources; Sharing Work with an Audience
March 19 Assignment of class project or groups projects utilizing other educational topics and sources--developing a "play" similar to those described in the handout. Possible improvisational work in preparation for this class project utilizing other educational source material and topics.
Discuss readings and work on Research Plays.
Out-of-class activity in-class presentations.
March 21 Out-of-class activity in-class presentations. Work on Research Plays.
March 26 Out-of-class activity in-class presentations. Work on Research Plays.
March 28 Out-of-class activity in-class presentations. Class discussion of chapters not yet discussed and/or group work on project.
April 2 Presentations of research group plays.
Group project work.
April 4 Finish presentations of group plays if necessary.
April 9 Discuss presentations of group plays.
Reminder: Unit plans are due April 16. Be prepared to do your presentation of one of the lessons in the Unit and to turn in your Unit and its five lessons.
ASSIGNMENT: Prepare assessment of the Research plays and your contribution to them. Due April 16.
April 12 NOTE: In lieu of the usual class meeting time, the Research Plays will be presented during the Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium.
April 16 Assessment DUE of the Research plays and your contribution to them.
Unit plans due. Begin presentations. Discussion may follow each presentation. Written UNITS and their 5 INDIVIDUAL LESSON PLANS DUE after presentation of one of the lesson plans in your planned unit.
April 18 Unit and lesson plan presentations.
April 23 Unit and lesson plan presentations. Discussion may follow each presentation. Written UNITS and their 5 INDIVIDUAL LESSON PLANS DUE after presentation of one of the lesson plans in your planned unit.
April 25 Creative Dramatics Activity Notebook due. It will be returned on the last day of class. Unit and lesson plan presentations.
April 30 Unit and lesson plan presentations. Begin final discussions tying up the types of creative dramatics units and projects with which we have experimented and sharing other ideas which they may have generated for use in the classroom and beyond. Those papers not returned today or May 2 may be picked up on the date of the final exam.
May 2 Finish final discussions.
Final Exam Date: Core Assessment Self-Evaluation Paper due on Core Assessment Project.
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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Attachments:Guide and Format for Activity NotebookGuidelines for the Selection of Stories for StorytellingGuideline for Self-Assessment of StorytellingGuide for Outside-of-Class Workshop PresentationTeaching with PuppetsADAPTING A STORY TO A SCRIPT FOR A PUPPET PLAY.docOutside-of-class workshop SELF-EVALUATION Guidelines.docCreating Plays from Other Sources.docRESEARCH PLAY ASSESSMENT.docGuide for Puppet Play Assessment
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