DRAM-1310-01 - Intro to Theater
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Fall 2015 Course Syllabus
DRAM-1310-01 - Intro to Theater
|Instructor||Stafford, Laura Johnson|
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|Course Description||A general survey of the major fields of theater. Emphasis on observation and appreciation of various types and styles of plays, knowledge of the functions of the personnel and other elements of theatre production including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures and its relation to the fine arts.|
Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Description: Survey of theater including its history, dramatic works, stage techniques, production procedures, and relation to other art forms. Participation in productions may be required.
Wolf, Laurie J. Introduction to Theater: A Direct Approach. USA: Xlibris Corporation, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4797-2944-9
Other reading materials given in class.
Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Attendance & Make Up Policy: Each student is allowed three hours of excused absence [court appearance, hospitalization of self, school sanctioned trip] (only 2 class periods). Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of 3 points from this category for each day missed. Tardiness will count as a 1 point deduction from this grade category. Attendance is a requirement for this class. It is also a grade category. Full participation in the full class period is part of the course material; Leaving early will count as a tardy. Remember to make every effort to attend all class days. If you are absent more than 5 class hours (2 class periods count as 3 hours) you may be dropped from the class by the professor with the grade you have earned. Save your excused absences until it is truly an emergency. The group performance project does not have any way to make up lost points. No Show – No Points.
There will be no make up exams given in class time, in extreme cases it may be possible to take the unit exams in the Student Learning Center, but that must be arranged with Dr. Stafford in advance. There are NO RE-TESTS.
There are limited days for the completion of the oral projects and everyone must be ready. It is your responsibility to follow the agenda calendar and be ready to present. All written reports are due on the appropriate due date stated on the agenda or a loss of 10 points will occur on that assignment. No SHOW means NO SCORE!!!
Attendance is (150pts.) You are earning 3 pts per day!!! Be here it all adds up!
Fully participating in class discussion and performance projects will earn 150pts. total. (3pts. per day for every absence over the excused 2 limit). Missing any preparation days during the Group Scene project will forfeit those points – No Show—No Points!!! Top 5 response papers for Chapter & Essay Readings count for 60 points of participation in this category. Rehearsal days for Group Scene count for 10 points of participation in this category.
|Course Grading Scale||900-1000=A 800-899=B 700-799=C 600-699=D Below 599=F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points, which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving.
Oral Performance Assignments 100 points
Written Assignments 350 points
Observation Analysis to appreciate performance 200 points
Exams 200 points
Attendance / Participation 150 points 1000 points total
Types of Assignments:
Oral Performance: Monolog performance (25 pts.); Group Scene performance (50 pts.); and the oral presentation of the typed play analysis (25pts.)
Written: -- One typed analysis of a play script read outside of class (100pts).
-- Within the class oral performance projects there are 6 written elements:
• monolog script construction (25pts),
• Group Scene scripting (25pts)
• monolog performance self-reflective response #1 (25 pts) and
• group Scene self-reflective response #2 (25pts)
• character analysis for group Scene (25 pts)
• teamwork analysis for group Scene project (25 pts)
-- One Internet Research Project (collecting audition information and play review responses) (100pts)
-- Two audience response critique forms are part of the Public Performance Observation Projects
2 Public Performance Observation Papers: public performances will be attended outside of class and the written audience response critique is required to demonstrate an appreciation of performance elements. (200 pts)
Exams: Two objective exams will cover lecture, textbook materials, and video examples. Each exam will be objective type tests using Scantron Form 882. Each exam will be worth 100pts.
Attendance / Participation: Fully participating in class discussion and performance projects will earn 150pts. total. (3pts. per day for every absences over the excused 2 limit) Top 5 response papers for Chapter & Essay Readings count for 60 points of participation in this category. Rehearsal days for Group Scene count for 10 points of participation in this category.
If there is any student in this class who has need for test taking accommodations, please feel free to bring me your accommodation letter and discuss this with me .
|Final Exam Date||December 3, 2015 - 11:00 AM|
|Major Assignments||See next section for all the details of the agenda calendar.|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
WEEK # 1 (Read Essay Handouts)
T Aug 25 Pre-Test /Intro / Agreements / One Act Play script analysis Research Project choices/“1Act Plays by Modern Authors” Reading Handout / Top 5 instructions
TH 27 Play Analysis Paper instructions / Blocking lecture / “Critiquing a Theatrical Production” Reading Handout
WEEK # 2 Read your One Act Play selection
T Sept 1 Play Script Title Due / Top 5 Due (2 reading assignments) /Public Performance Observation Form Handout & Instructions (due twice in semester) V. Japan
TH 3 Internet Research Project Instructions / pick up Top 5 sheet for next week V. Theater Devices
WEEK # 3(Read Chapters 1 & 2 in Textbook)
T 8 One Act Play Script Research Paper Due (100pts) / Oral Presentations (25 pts)V. Women in Power
TH 10 Ch. 1 & 2 -Top 5 Due! What is Theater – Drama? And Acting/Theater Spaces
WEEK # 4(Read Chapter 3 & 4 in Textbook)
T 15 Ch. 3 Top 5 Due! Textual Analysis / V. Modern Antigone, Women in Tragedy
TH 17 Internet Research Project Due (100pts) / Chapter 4 Top 5 Due! Role of the Director / Class summaries of One Act Play Scripts handout for exam
WEEK # 5(Read Chapter 5 in Textbook)
T 22 Monolog Instructions / work on script in class/Part of V. Backstage
TH 24 Chapter 5 Top 5 Due! Design Team (examples of set, costume, sound designs)V. Backstage cont.
WEEK # 6(Prep for Exam 1) First Drop Date no penalty is Sept. 30th
T 29 Typed Monolog Script Due (25 pts) / Performance of Monolog (25 pts) /watch your own video in Student Folder on Blackboard to complete Performance Response #1
TH Oct 1 Exam 1 (Chapters 1-5, class notes, videos, Essay Readings, One Act Play plots) No Show – No Points! Need Scantron 882 & pencil (100 pts)
(375 possible points)
WEEK # 7( Part I: Group Scene Performance Project Begins)
T 6 Project Instructions given / Group Script Writing begins / Performance Response #1 Due! (25 pts)
TH 8 Group Script Writing continues / Teamwork Rubric Analysis handout
WEEK # 8(Part II: Rehearsals)
T 13 Individual “Script analysis” Due (25 pts) / Teamwork Rubric Due (25 pts)/ conduct rehearsal A.
TH 15 Rehearsal Report A Due (10 pts) / Technical-Dress Rehearsal (take notes for Character Analysis) / Bring any props or costume pieces today!
WEEK # 9(Read Chapter 6 in Textbook)
T 20 Character Analysis Due (25 pts) / Group Scene Performance (50 pts) / view group scene video on Blackboard under Student Folders (by Group Title) to complete the Performance Response #2 analysis
TH 22 Performance Response #2 Due (25 pts) / Chapter 6 Top 5 Due! Medieval & English Renaissance/ View Cycle Dramas & Shakespeare videos / Read A Servant’s Tale excerpt handout
WEEK # 10(Read Chapter 7 in Textbook)
T 27 Chapter 6 continued
TH 29 Chapter 7 Top 5 Due! Italian Renaissance/ V. Commedia dell’Arte
WEEK # 11(Read Chapter 8 in Textbook)
T Nov 3 Chapter 8 Top 5 Due! Restoration, Neoclassicism, & 18th Century English Theater / Watch: V. She Stoops to Conquer
TH 5 Chapter 8 continued / Public Performance Observation Critique # 1 DUE! (100pts)
(700 possible points at this time)
Week # 12(Read Chapter 9 & 10 in Textbook)
T 10 Chapter 9 Top 5 Due! German & English Romanticism and English Melodrama
TH 12 Chapter 10 Top 5 Due! The Modern Period: Realisms & Antirealisms
WEEK # 13(Essay Reading Assignment: Musical Theater Structure)
T 17 Chapter 10 continued / video examples
November 18th last drop date with grade earned
TH 19 Musical Theater Structure Top 5 Due! / video examples
WEEK # 14 (Read Chapter 11 & 12 in Textbook)
T 24 Chapter 11 & 12 Top 5 Due! / Brecht & Epic Theater and Theatre of Diversity
TH 26 Thanksgiving off
WEEK # 15
T Dec 1 Public Performance Observation #2 DUE! (100pts) / Chapter 12 continued
(820 possible points)
T Finals : Tues Dec. 3rd (11:00am) Exam II (Lecture material, Essays, Chapters 6-12, & video examples)(100pts.) Scantron 882
The final exam is a required element because it is a unit exam.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Analyze theater through written responses to play texts and/or live performance. (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by Public Performance Observation analysis reports or Dramatic Script Research Project; or Self-Reflective Performance
2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of theater history and dramatic works. (PSLO 1, 2, Alpha) Measured by embedded test or quiz questions; Public Performance Observation analysis reports; pre-test/post-test.
3. Describe the collaborative nature of theater arts. (PSLO 1, 2, 4) Measured by embedded test questions, Dramatic Script Research Project; and Group Performance Teamwork Rubrics.
4. Demonstrate the relationship of the arts to everyday life as well as broader historical and social contexts. (PSLO 1, 2, 5) Measured by embedded test or quiz questions; Internet Research Project; Dramatic Script Research Project; or Monolog / Group Performance rubrics
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