Project AesopA PBL opportunity for Introduction to theatre students.<br />
What Do You Want Your Students To Learn?<br />Students should gain an understanding and appreciation of the tools and techniques used in the art of theatre. (and hopefully a desire to pursue more) <br />Theatre History – Elements and practices of Greek Theatre<br />Script Skills – How to read and write in play script format<br />Characterization – Tools for physically/vocally expressing character<br />Performance Skills – Understand and use the performance process. <br />
What Are Some Interdisciplinary Connections?<br />After the students generate their fables, they will consult with Andy Scott’s art class, so that performance masks can be made. <br />As a possible part of Andy’s exhibition, students may be required to use their performance skills to model masks fro still photography, “in the wild”<br />A connection could be made with Digital Media, so that the performances could be recorded and turned into films.<br />Some connections could be made to Earth Science in regards to what animal choices might suit the Kiski area.<br />
What Possible Community Connections Are There?<br />A variety of performance venues could be found, including but not limited to elementary schools or children’s hospitals.<br />A public performance in a park somewhere could be arranged. <br />
What Will The Students Produce?<br />Final Product - Student groups will put on a public performance of a series of Aesop style plays.<br />Intermediate Deliverables – Rough Draft , Final Script, Character Study, Self/Peer Critique.<br />
How Might Technology Be Integrated?<br />The Theatre History portion of the project will be taught using Internet Scavenger hunts.<br />The Character Folios could be generated in a digital format, accompanied by physical presentation of skills<br />Performances could be recorded, possibly edited into a film.<br />
What Is the Projected Timeline/Calendar?<br />Week One = Theatre History Testing at end.<br />Week two = Script work. Rough draft due at end. Animals submitted to art class.<br />Week Three – Four = Characterization & Performance Skills Character folios due at end.<br />Week Five = Revision & Rehearsal Skills Final script due at end.<br />Week Six – Seven = Rehearsal Process Final Performance due at end. <br />Final Days = Self & Peer Reviews.<br />
What Are the Opportunities For Draft Critique and Revision?<br />The script writing will require revision, and possible peer critique.<br />Presentation of the character folios could be peer critiqued.<br />The rehearsal process is rife with chances for revision and reflection. <br />The final performance will be peer and self critiqued.<br />
What Opportunities Are There for Student Reflection?<br />The characterization process will offer chances to look back at the script work.<br />The rehearsal process will offer chances for “game film” self critique.<br />The final performance will be peer and self critiqued.<br />
How Will the Students Be Assessed?<br />The final performance will be judged by a performance rubric, the elements of which will be covered during the class. A self/peer critique element will be included.<br />History portion will be assessed by traditional testing<br />Script will be assessed on story structure and format. Peer critique will be introduced.<br />Character folio will be assessed according to content and rubric, with bonus points from a peer critique rubric. <br />
What Might Exhibition Look Like?<br />A performance, in the Greek style, of all of the group’s plays.<br />The outdoor classroom area would be especially suited for this project. (open to the school but not mandatory)<br />There is a possibility for performance for elementary schools.<br />Video of the performances could be posted on line in You Tube or other digital venue.<br />
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