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Theatre 5th–8th Beginning  (1457)

Grade Range:
 Course duration:
 One or two semesters
 This course must be taught by a teacher with the appropriate credential and who preferably has a theater background.
Course Description:
 This is the first course in a sequential series of standards-based theatre courses for the middle-school level. It is a beginning-level course designed for students who want to build fundamental performance skills and explore the elements of theatre through creating, performing, responding and connecting to the real world. Topics include introductory vocabulary, pantomime, improvisation, dialogue, playwriting, the actor’s tools, character creation, given circumstances, staging techniques, beginning monologue and scene work, rehearsal, performance, reflection and interpretation. Collaboration and ensemble work is emphasized. Basic plot analysis and acting techniques are investigated. Students identify how culture influences drama. Also surveyed are behind-the-scenes jobs in theatre as well as simple design and technical theatre study.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Theatre 5th–8th Beginning Instructional Guide.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.