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Drama Idol!! Project 10

posted Feb 9, 2011, 6:18 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 5:26 AM ]
Time for complete creative license with technology, nothing new for this one.  During this project, groups will create competing drama projects, and the final products will be voted on by the entire 9th grade class!  Kind of like "American Idol" for drama, eh?

Here's the deal:
  • Teams will be selected by Feb. 10.  They should immediately begin brainstorming about the story line, as this will be the motivator and focus for all other work.  Formal script writing should begin as well, with lead writers appointed.
  • In addition, a general outline of the project needs to be documented.  What do you envision?  Technologies?  Story?  Characters?  Who on your team will be doing what?  While this won't be perfect, people need to know their responsibilities, deadlines, and the team vision.
  • The top priority for our AKS/Standards are those for Language Arts' Drama (see the Third 9 Weeks list ).   In case you're too busy to click on the link for the Third Nine Weeks standards, here's the list of terms that are the focus of the Drama and Poetry project: aside, dramatic irony, genres (drama), monologue, soliloquy, tragedy, assonance, exaggeration, free verse, genres (poetry, satire), iambic pentameter, imagery, literary devices, metonymy, refrain sensory, imagery sensory, language, sonnet, symbolism, voice, topic, theme), sound devices (e.g., alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme), figurative language (e.g., personification, metaphor, simile, hyperbole), and structure (e.g., fixed and free forms, rhymed and unrhymed, narrative and lyric), exposition, rising action, climax, denouement, dialogue.
  • ****NOTE!!!  The words underlined above are Drama topics that MUST be included in your final production, and you must include a Google Site page that describes where each is demonstrated.
  • You will be evaluated as follows:
    • Initial script draft by Monday, Feb. 14.  All final dialog is not required, but general flow of the acts and scenes should be outline.  At least 3 acts, and 3 scenes per act.
    • Complete Script draft due Friday, Feb. 18.  Not perfect, but complete ideas, dialog, and major components.
    • Final, Complete Script due Friday, March 4.
    • USATestPrep quizzes weekly or more.
    • Final Drama Exam after March 4.
  • Technology is your choice, and will be graded based on your choices.  You will receive individualized assessment plans once your project plan is submitted, by Monday, Feb. 14 at the latest.
    • You will have weekly goals established that need to be met.
    • You will have final goals that will need to be met.
In developing your project, keep your audience in mind: what would 9th graders find appealing?  
Also, don't plan on using members of other groups for your work, they have their own work to do, and then everything becomes mediocre. You can use students from outside of class, especially for acting or other unique talents that add to your project.

Teachers reserve the right to change teams, redirect projects gone astray, etc.
Teams have the right to remove anyone from their team that is not productive.  Those removed from a team will focus on learning the characteristics of drama in a more traditional manner, as well as begin HTML coding skills.

This is a real chance to shine, so be ready to take ownership, do your part and more! (No pun intended on 'do your part').