Beginning Acting

Course Title: 8th – Beginning Acting
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Course Description

8th Grade Theatre is a year long course that meets every other day. Utilizing stage geography and the vocabulary of theatre, students will be exploring and applying acting fundamentals via classroom and performance venues. Film and technical theatre careers will be explored.  Audience etiquette skills, the ability to express aesthetic informed opinions and presentation confidence are walk away skills from this course.

Power Standards

  1. Student successfully communicates through a stage presence the elements of characterization.
  2. Student is able to reflect, interpret, and evaluate a wide variety of theatrical works.
  3. Student can define and and apply theatrical elements.

Course Outline

Communicate through stage presence the elements of characterization

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • How do performers use movement to communicate emotion and characterization?
  • How do performers use subtext when delivering lines to communicate emotion and characterization?
  • What sort of problem solving does a performer need to overcome issues on stage?
  • In what ways can a performer learn about their character to provide an authentic execution of motives and desires on stage?
  • How does an actor use voice to communicate effectively and clearly?
  • How does a performer maintain a character for an entire performance?
  • Demonstrate different types of movement for a variety of different character types.
  • Utilize subtext in the delivery of lines to show emotion and character traits of a variety of different character types.
  • Utilize improv when issues arise on stage.
  • Identify and articulate their characters background information and how motives effect subtext.
  • Use projection, diction and articulation to effectively communicate their lines.
  • Stay in character through an entire performance.
 Summative Projects Explore: Writing and Performing a Bullying Skit, Monologues, Scenes, Improv Work, 8th Grade Theatre Evening, Theatre Games


Reflect, interpret and evaluate a wide variety of theatrical works

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • How do performers learn from their performances through reflection.
  • How do professional performer use elements of characterization to communicate a character?
  • How can a performer identify strengths and weaknesses in a performance to offer feedback to peers?
  • How do costumes and makeup inform a character or performance?
  • How does theatre record and help us understand history and culture?
  • Reflect on their performance to identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Critique a variety of performances done by professional performers to identify how the performer is using concepts explored in class.
  • Critique peer performances to provide feedback that will better future performances.
  • Think as historians
  • Demonstrate global citizenship
 Activities Include: Written and Spoken Evaluations, Critiques and Reflections

Define and apply theatrical elements

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • What vocabulary do performers need to know to understand the components of theater?
  • How to playwrights construct scripts that are entertaining, easy to follow and universal?
  • How do performers apply theatrical vocabulary to remember director dues and notes.
  • Explore and experience non acting theatre careers
  • Identify key areas in the theater using correct vocabulary.
  • Write plays using common script structure, plot lines and writing skills.
  • Annotate scripts to show understanding of stage cues, subtext verbiage and movement vocabulary.
  • Understand the collective effort of theatre professionals to produce a play/musical
  • Experience careers in  theatre
 Summative Projects Explore: Reflections, Critiques, Script Writing, Creation of Morgue and Foley and Rendering Samples


 Career and Life Skills
 Social and Cross Cultural The student respects and contributes to the diverse learning community by:

  • Honoring  the ideas and opinions of others and
  • Interacting effectively and appropriately with others.
 Productivity and  Accountability The student takes ownership of work and actions  by:

  • Completing assignments on time
  • Arriving prepared and on time
  • Managing time
 Initiative and Self Direction The student demonstrates independence by:

  • Self-advocating for assistance or resources
  • Persevering through rigorous/challenging tasks
  • Utilizing feedback