10DDR

Drama Year 10

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr A. Leathem


Drama at Year 10 aims to extend the Drama skills taught in Year Nine, to introduce new ideas and experiences and to prepare students for Drama in the senior school. The emphasis will still be on fostering personal confidence and self-esteem and promoting productive group co-operation and unity. The course outline will allow the students more opportunity to explore drama through improvisation and role plays using a variety of contexts such as Shakespearean Drama, Sport in Education, Drama Technologies, Film Making and Performance Drama.



Course Overview

Term 1
10DRA002 Developing a role in a dramatic context
This assessment activity requires students to develop an understanding of Sport in Education (SIE) through Drama. Students will develop an understanding of the NFL and the teams and players that are within this. Students will develop characters and compete against one another in an NFL style Draft and Combine of skills.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Creating an understanding of SIE in Drama
• Understanding the how to develop characters and their roles
• Developing ideas around performance in Drama through improvisation
• Using research to aid and support the role development
• Creating your own piece of role and using it in performance
• Perform in a variety of performances during the unit displaying the role.

Term 2
10DRA003 Using Drama technologies in a dramatic context
This assessment activity requires students develop an understanding of set design and the design processes required to create a set for a New Zealand play called ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’. Students develop their own understanding of staging drama and create their own set design and present this to the class.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Exploring drama technologies through set design
• Developing ideas around performance in Drama through use of the use of staging a play
• Learn to develop an understanding of set building and lighting design on the stage
• Develop an understanding of the different types of set used in stage craft.
• Develop an understanding of the design process for creating a set design
• Reflect on their work.

Term 3
10DRA001 Creating and using script in a performance and a film
This assessment activity requires students to work in small groups to apply drama conventions and elements to perform a short film around a group of select topics. Students will also learning how to edit film and create effects through a digital medium.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Develop an understanding of film techniques
• Understanding the how to develop characters and their roles
• Developing ideas around the select themes and how to communicate them through film
• Using research to aid and support the role and idea development
• Film and record a short film for an audience of peers
• Develop an understanding of editing processes

Term 4
10DRA004 Developing an understanding of a theatre practitioner
This assessment activity requires students to work in small groups to apply performance skills of Shakespearean Drama to a perform piece from the play of Macbeth. We also look at stage combat and the use of Shakespearean dialogue.
The initial lessons will be exploring the acting skills associated with Shakespearean Drama and how they can be presented in a range of different activities in front of the class. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the skills and justify their use in a performance in front of an audience.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Exploring acting techniques for characterisation
• Developing ideas around performance in Drama through use of Drama conventions and Drama elements
• Learn to apply Drama Techniques to effectively create a meaningful performance.
• Work collectively to create and perform a coherent and effective scene.
• Develop team work and negotiation skills.
• Reflect on their work.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

This subject leads to:
NCEA Drama,
Actor for theatre or screen
A confident speaker or entertainer

Pathway

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