There are 4 Major projects in 8th Grade Drama:
1. The Quote Project- Students choose from a list of bizarre quotes to create a character and a scene around that quote. What kind of person would say that?? Where are they when they said it? Who were they talking to? This is a lesson in Character Building and Action Plans.
2. The Non-Verbal Fight Scene- Students decide who their characters are, where they are, and why they are fighting with each other. They then improvise comical insults as they indicate tension between the two fighters, that builds to a climactic and clear ending. This is a lesson in body language and telling a story through action.
3. The Persuasive Speech- Here students write and recite a speech persuading the audience to do something for their favorite cause. Topic range from Cancer Research to why there should be no homework in school. The focus is on Presentation and Scoring of Speeches as well as recognizing and practicing positive public speaking skills.
4. The Final Scene- At the conclusion of our Quarter- long Drama class, the students are asked to find (or write) a scene from their favorite TV show or Movie that they want to perform for their peers. Often, this is a wonderful time for them to really dig into all they have learned and truly perform.