Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: DRAM-1310- Section: 01
Introduction to Theater
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Instructor Information
Instructor Laura Stafford
Phone(409) 984-6331
Location:Student Center - Room: 417
Hours:MWF 10am -12:00 pm, , TR 1-3pm
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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. 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.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
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 Paper
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 Teamwork Rubrics, Internet Research Project
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; Social Impact Report
Core Objectives 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: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
PSLO 2 Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
PSLO 4 Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
PSLO 5 Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Wolf, Laurie J. Introduction to Theater: A Direct Approach. USA: Xlibris Corporation, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4797-2944-9
Check your Blackboard Class Announcements for messages from me about class materials.    Check your MyLamarpa email often for campus updates. You must be able to access the Lamarpa.edu site and Blackboard to complete this course. You must have access to a printer to complete assignments. The Gates Library Computer Lab is available to all students with current ID cards.
Bring your binder with notes every day.
Lecture Topics
TB=Textbook; LP=Lecture Packet Notes
Week 1 LP: Essays: "Critiquing a Theatrical Production" & "The Workmanship of the One-Act Play"; LP: Blocking; Internet Theater Review Project Instructions
Week 2 TB Chapters 1 & 2 What is Theater; Acting/Theater Spaces; Public Performance Analysis Instruction (Midsummer Night's Dream performance)
Week 3 TB Chapter 3 Textual Analysis
Week 4 TB Chapters 4 & 5; Role of the Director; Design Team; Backstage
Week 5 LP: One Act Play Script Analysis Research Paper Instructions & selections
Week 6 LP: Creating a Character; Instructions for Group Discussion Task Report; Teamwork Analysis Instructions; Social Impact Analysis Report Instructions
Week 7 Class Presentations of One Act Play Script Analysis; Group Discussion of Social Impact of selected play
Week 8 LP: Monologue Instructions; how to create a monologue; selecting the location
Week 9 LP: Self-Reflective Performance Critique Instructions; Essay: A Servant's Tale
Week 10 TB Chapter 6 Medieval & English Renaissance; Cycle Dramas & Shakespeare
Week 11 TB Chapter 7 Italian Renaissance; Commedia dell' Arte Masks demonstration; (A Company of Wayward Saints performance)
Week 12 TB Chapters 8 & 9 Restoration, Neoclassicism, & 18th Century English Theatre; She Stoops to Conquer; German & English Romanticism; English Melodrama
Week 13 TB Chapter 10 The Modern Period: Realism & Antirealism; Essays: Musical Theater Structure & Opportunities to Work in Theater
Week 14 TB Chapters 11 &12 Brecht & Epic Theater and Theatre of Diversity
Week 15 LP: Special Effects on Stage
Major Assignments
Class Starts 11 am! BEING PRESENT COUNTS! PAC 132
(Yes, We stay for the whole time and Test material is covered in class. It is your responsibility to get material you miss from other students and turn in required papers on the due dates listed below.) Doctor’s appointments & going to work are not excused absences, make appointments outside of class time. And if work isn’t flexible drop the class. All work for the performance is done in the class time so, leaving early or coming late is not an option! Missing the performance dates loses those points there is no make-up for the in class performances. TURN ALL CELL PHONES AND MUSIC DEVICES OFF WHILE IN CLASS!!!!
WEEK # 1     (Read 2 Essay Handouts)
T Aug. 28    Pre-Test /Intro / Agreements / “Critiquing a Theatrical Production” & “THE WORKMANSHIP OF THE ONE-ACT PLAY” Handouts for Discussion Board (DB)
TH 30    Blocking lecture / Internet Theater Review Project Instructions
Online Homework: on Bb Menu> Discussion> Forum 1- 2 Articles -open>Create a Thread discussing 2 important concepts you found in both articles and explain why they are important to you in at least 5 significant sentences.
Reply to at least 1 other student, include their name in your reply and use at least 5 significant sentence to carry on a conversation with them about their choices and yours. (25 pts) DB (2 article Due Tues. Sept. 4 at 11:59pm. )
WEEK # 2     (Read Chapters 1 & 2 in Textbook) Handout Review for Exam 1
T Sept 4    (DB Due 11:59pm.) Chapter 1 RQ What is Theater – Drama? / V. Japan / Act 1             of Midsummer Night’s Dream performance (on blackboard) Start Public                 Performance Analysis
TH     6    View Act II of Midsummer / Ch. 2 RQ - Acting/Theater Spaces
WEEK # 3     (Read Chapter 3 in Textbook)
T Sept. 11     Internet Research Project Due (100pts)/ V. Theater Devices &Women in Power
TH      13    Ch. 3 Textual Analysis / V. Modern Antigone, Women in Tragedy/ Public
        Performance Observation of Midsummer DUE! (100pts)
(PR #1=246) 21pts Att. included
WEEK # 4    (Read Chapters 4 & 5 in Textbook)
T Sept 18     Chapter 4 Role of the Director (Directing stage position exercise)
TH      20     Chapter 5 Design Team (examples of set, costume, sound designs)V. Backstage
WEEK # 5    (Prep for Exam 1) Read your One Act Play selection
T Sept . 25    V. Backstage cont. / examples cont. One Act Play script analysis                     Research Project choices for selection & Instructions for Analysis Paper
TH     27     Exam 1 (Chapters 1-5, class notes, videos, Essay Readings) No Show – No             Points! Need Scantron 882 & pencil (100 pts) / Title of Play due!
WEEK # 6    First Drop Date no penalty is Oct. 1st. (Group Project Begins – must be in class for points)
T Oct. 2    Creating a Character Lecture / Instructions for Group Discussion Task Report
TH 4    Teamwork Analysis Instructions/ Social Impact Analysis Report Instructions        
(GR#1=367) 21 pts Att. included
WEEK # 7     (Group Project Points – No Show No Points)
T Oct. 9     One Act Play Script Research Paper Due (100pts) / Oral Presentation of One
         Act Play Analysis- No Show No Points (50 pts)
TH 11     Group Discussion Task Report Due end of class (50pts)– No Show No Points!!!
WEEK # 8    
T Oct. 16     Social Impact Analysis Report Due Beginning of class! (50 pts) / Teamwork
        Analysis Due end of class (50 pts) / Monologue Instructions/ Select location
TH      18     In class work on monologues
WEEK # 9    (Performance Week No Show No Points)
T Oct. 23    Written Monologues Due (50 pts) / Monologue presentations Due! (25 pts)/
        handout Self Reflective Critique page
R 25    Monologue presentations / Watch video in Student Folder to complete Self                 Critique Due Tues Oct. 30) / Handout A Servant’s Tale
(PR #2=763) 21 pts Att. included
Online Homework: on Bb Menu>Student Folder>open your name to view your monologue video; then complete the Self-Reflective Critique (25pts)
Online Homework: on Bb Menu> Discussion> Forum 2-open>Create a Thread discussing 2 important concepts you found in the Servant’s Tale and explain why they are important to you in at least 5 significant sentences. Look at the RQ for this reading for ideas.
Reply to at least 1 other student, include their name in your reply and use at least 5 significant sentence to carry on a conversation with them about their choices and yours. (25 pts) DB (Due Tues. Oct. 30 at 11:59pm. )
WEEK # 10    (Read Chapter 6 in Textbook)
T Oct. 30     Chapter 6 Medieval & English Renaissance/ Discuss Board (25 pts) Due
        11:59pm on A Servant’s Tale/ Self-Reflective Critique Due! (25 pts)
TH Nov. 1 Chapter 6 continued View Cycle Dramas V & Shakespeare video/
WEEK # 11     (Read Chapters 7 in Textbook)
T Nov. 6    Chapter 7 Italian Renaissance/ V. Commedia dell’Arte /
TH      8     V. Company of Wayward Saints / Masks demonstrations / Class summaries of One
         Act Play Scripts handout for exam
Week # 12    ((Read Chapter 8 & 9 in Textbook) (Read 2 Essay Reading Assignments: Musical Theater Structure & Opportunities )    
T Nov. 13    Chapter 8 Restoration, Neoclassicism, & 18th Century English Theater /
        V. She Stoops to Conquer
TH     15     Chapter 9 German & English Romanticism and English Melodrama
        Handout: 2 Essay Readings/ 2 separate Discussion Boards Due Nov. 27 at
(GR#2=834) 21pts Att. included
Online Homework: on Bb Menu> Discussion> Forum 3-Musical Theater Structure & Forum 4 - Opportunities-open>Create a Thread discussing 2 important concepts you found in each article and explain why they are important to you in at least 5 significant sentences.
Reply to at least 1 other student, include their name in your reply and use at least 5 significant sentences to carry on a conversation with them about their choices and yours. (25 pts for each Forum= 50pts) DB (Both Forums Due Nov. 27 at 11:59pm.)
Week #13    Read Chapter 10 in Textbook)
T Nov. 20    Chapter 10 The Modern Period: Realisms & Antirealisms/ video examples
TH     22 Thanksgiving off    
WEEK # 14    (Read Chapters 11 & 12 in Textbook)
T Nov. 27    Chapter 10 continued/ Musical Theater Structure / Opportunities RQ DB Due
        at 11:59 pm (50ts)
TH     29    Chapter 11 Brecht & Epic Theater
WEEK # 15    
T Dec. 4     Chapter 12: Theatre of Diversity / Video examples / Last class day
Final Exam
TH     6     Final Exam in Classroom on Dec. 6 at 11am: 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.    
(FG 1000) 16 pts Att. included
Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 11:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2018 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale 900-1000=A 800-899=B 700-799=C 600-699=D Below 599=F No Incompletes
Determination of
Final Grade
100 pts Internet Research Project (Theater Review Analysis)
50 pts Written Monologue
25 pts Performance of Monologue
25 pts Self Reflective Critique on Monologue
Common Group Assignment (300 pts):
100 pts One Act Play script Research Paper (Individual Choice)
50 pts One Act Play script Oral Presentation (Individual Shares with group)
50 pts Group Discussion Task Report -No Show No Points (Group selects play to Produce)
50 pts Social Impact of Selected Group Play Analysis Report (Individual)
50 pts Teamwork Questions & Rubric (Individual analysis of group discussion)
100 pts Discussion Board Forums over articles (4) @ 25pts each
100 pts 1 Public Performance Observation Analysis paper
100 pts Attendance and Participation (7pts per week)
200 pts Exams 100 each
1000 pts total
    By adding points earned, you can continually measure your progress towards the final grade you want to earn in this class.

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. Check your course Blackboard “My Grades” to see your running total of points. You need 700 for a transferable C!
Types of Assignments:
    -- One Act Play Script Analysis oral presentation No show – No points
            Your written work will be shared orally in small group discussions.
    -- One monologue performance

--Internet Research Project: Select a theatrical review and complete the typed analysis form focusing on the collaborative aspects of a performance.
--One Act Play Script Analysis Project: Select and read a one act play then complete the analysis essay following the provided outline. Then as a group you pick one of the discussed plays to “produce”-selecting the different jobs and roles involved. There are three additional assignments within this project (Group Discussion Task Report, Teamwork Analysis, Social Impact Analysis Report)
--Discussion Board Forums: 4 Discussion Forums will be over four articles used in class requiring a created Thread post and a reply to one other student.
--Public Performance Observation Analysis: public performance will be viewed on Blackboard and the written audience response critique is required to demonstrate an appreciation of performance elements. A second one may be done for bonus points.
--2 Exams: Two objective exams will cover lecture, textbook materials, and video examples. Each exam will be objective type tests using Scantron Form 882.
--Attendance / Participation: Fully participating in class discussion of Review Questions (RQ) and projects will earn 100pts. Not prepared to contribute in class loses points.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies * I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.

* Student ID Cards: It is required for this class that you have a current Lamar State College Port Arthur Student ID card and an Internet Password to enable you to use the library and internet on campus for research purposes. The ID card can be obtained with a copy of your receipt on the 2nd floor of the student center and the Internet Password is given out at the Library.
* Instructors will be keeping accurate attendance records to verify your last date of attendance if you stop coming to class.
Class Honesty Policy: Plagiarism in presentations will not be acceptable. The oral or written work will not be accepted and the points for that assignment will be forfeited. Protect yourself by documenting and giving credit to the source of your material. Do not use other students’ work, it is recognizable. Cheating on exams will result in a grade of zero for that exam.
Attendance Policy 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 3 class periods). Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of (2 MWF) (3 TR) points from this category for each day missed. Tardines will count as a 1 point deduction from this grade category.

Attendance /Participation 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 (3 class periods) 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 common 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!!!

Fully participating in class discussion and performance projects is expected.
Missing any discussion days during the Group project will forfeit those points – No Show—No Points!!!
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other DRAM Audience/Conduct Expectations 2018+
1.    Give the performer / Professor your complete attention. (This means look at the person who is talking so you get the complete message.) No Computers ON!
2.    Arrive on time or early and do not interrupt a student performer. (Wait quietly at the door until the student finishes and then quietly take your seat. Do not cross in front of the camera while filming.) Do not let the door slam as you enter.
3.    Turn off cell phone or have them on silent. (vibrate still makes a disruptive noise). No Laptops or Computers used during lecture. If phones are out, you will be asked to put them in your backpack; second request you will be considered absent with no opportunity to make up the work or points for that day. Additional loss of Conduct Points will be deducted from this category.
4.    Do not work on homework of any subject matter during this class period.
5.    Do not talk to your table mate while the speaker/ Professor is speaking. If you have a question for the Professor simple raise your hand and get the answer from the source.
6.    Avoid excessive crinkling sounds of paper, wrappers, and pens or any other disruptive noises. Avoid distracting a speaker with improper feedback to waste class time. You will lose Conduct Points if you disrupt the Professor or a student performer.
7. When you show a lack of respect points will be taken from the points in your Attendance/Conduct grade. How many points deducted is at the discretion of the Professor based on how disruptive the action is. Cell phone use and coming in late interrupting a speaker are the most expensive violations. And yes, you can go into the negative numbers.
8. During student presentations the audience will have listening tasks and response sheets to turn in so your attendance is a requirement in this course.
9. Any missed work due to disciplinary suspensions are lost points which can-not be made up. Your behavior is your choice. Choose Wisely!
10. Cell Phones and Music Devices: Turn off all communication devices that make noise during class. You cannot answer phone calls during class time. This time is committed to class material, not outside interruptions.
Library Hours: Call (409) 984-6222 for the current hours of the Lamar State College Port Arthur Gates Memorial Library. Yes, you will be required to use materials from the library, so get your ID card validated.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.