KEEPING A JOURNAL
As part of your Drama studies, it is important that you keep a record of your progress in the subject. This is called your journal. This will be housed in an A4, 48 page exercise book.
The first page of your book should be decorated by you, in the most colourful manner possible, with the word DRAMA featuring prominently.
On the inside cover you should attach a sheet for future reference. Similarly, if you are given any handouts in class, these should be immediately pasted into your journal, and any notes taken down in class should be written in the same book. The most important aspect of your journal is the diary that you keep. After each Drama class, you are to record in no less than 6 lines what you did, what you achieved and the degree to which you participated and enjoyed a particular activity. You should also write down any extra Drama-related activity you do outside of class- rehearsals for school productions or maybe reviews for visiting performers?
Below is an example of a journal entry:-
Friday Jan 30, 2015
“I had an absolute ball in Drama today. Everyone was fired up and the teacher was in a great mood (for a change). We did an improvisation based on the theme of ‘ignorance’. I played a grumpy pensioner who complained about the new technology. Michelle played a girl using the internet, and Shirley played the mother who refereed an argument between Michelle and I. it was great fun being such a nasty piece of work, and the audience seemed to really enjoy it.
drama word find
Word of the week:
Week 1: What is a THESPIAN?
Week 2: What is CHEAT OUT in theatre?
Week 3: What is Projection in drama?
ELEMENTS OF DRAMA
In the back of you drama journals write the heading Element of Drama. You may wish to google the definition. Tell me what ‘Sound’ is as a drama element and how did we use this in our warm up games and mini lessons.
Week 1: Sound
Week 2: Rhythm
Week 3: Timing
- All Students are expected to participate in all practical activities.
- Use common sense when working in the practical space.
- Respect other people’s right to use the space.
- Act in a safe and responsible manner at all times.
- When watching a performance, be sure to exhibit good audience skills. (listening, not talking, not moving around, paying attention so that you are able to give constructive feedback)
- Be positive and constructive when you give an evaluation of another group’s performance.
- Treat all equipment with care and respect – this includes the drama space itself!
- Value the right of your classmates to have a supportive learning environment – put-downs of any kind will NOT be tolerated!
- In Drama, theory work is closely related to practical work (and is just as important!), therefore it is important that you complete it so that you can fully understand the practical activities.
- Complete assessment tasks / homework on time.
- If an extension is required, please see Mrs Davis know at least one day before the due date.
- Bookwork is to be presented neatly!
- When you are working as part of a group, ensure that all group members are included and that one person is not doing all of the work!