G1 English A T3 Participating in Drama 1. Solo Reading
Drama as literature • Drama is a form of literature that, like all others, is accessible through reading.
• Unlike other forms of literature where the work generally unfolds within the confines of your individual mind, in drama there are multiple potential ways for you to participate actively, and at multiple layers in the generation of meaning.
• These layers include, but are not limited to:
1. individual reading of the script
2. class and group readings of the script
3. prepared dramatic readings of elements of the script to the group and class
4. dramatic reenactments of elements of the script
Drama as participation • At each of the specific levels of participation you are experiencing/interacting with the content of the play diﬀerently.
• As a result of this diﬀerent participation, you are exposed to diﬀerent, unique elements of the script.
• As a result of these changes in participation your familiarity, understanding and appreciation of the drama is going to change and develop.
• You are expected to identify how and why your understanding of all the elements of the drama has developed as a result of your new participatory role, and to record your reflections in your process journal throughout the unit.
Learning through participation • After each level you are expected to reflect on: 1.How are you participating?
2.How this type of participation is diﬀerent from what you were doing previously?
3.What specific aspects (elements) are you learning more about through this new participation?
• You also need to comment on how and why you feel your new participatory role has impacted on (changed) your understanding of the play.
4.What do you learn about the elements of the play as a result of this type of participation?
5.Why/How do you think that this type of participation is changing your understanding of the play?
Plot development: Conflicts Theme: Important lessons Focus Area: How does your Characterization: Vocalizations, understanding of the following Personalities, character, relations dramatic elements change/ between characters develop as a result of your Setting: Historical etc increased participation with the Mechanics: Stage direction, play? props, etc ! !
Journal Entry: you need to outline and reflect on the nature of your participation as well as how and why you feel this new participatory role has impacted on (changed) your understanding of the play in these areas.
Please record the insights that result from your increased levels of participation in your Drama Projects online.
Specific insights • Your insight into specific elements of the play is not necessarily going to change dramatically after each new participatory layer.
• You will have to choose the specific elements where your insight has changed most significantly as a result of each new level of participation.
• Example - Your insight into the technical or mechanical elements are not going to change significantly until you begin your reenactments, while your insights into characterization are likely to develop significantly with each new level of participation.
• You aim must be to focus on discussing the most significant developments at each new level of participation. • You need to try to be as specific as you can throughout this reflective process.
• General comments will not be rewarded with good grades.
Stage One: Personal Reading • The personal reading stage is your first step towards developing your understanding of the play. This is the way we access all other forms of literature.
• As you reflect on the personal reading stage it would be useful for you to think about what you do when you read a novel.
1.Do you visualise the characters and the world they inhabit in your head?
2.What do you do if you are reading about a time that existed in the past or the future?
3.How do visualise situations that you have never experienced?
• Now reflect on the process you engage in when reading a play?
1.Is it any diﬀerent from the way you understand a novel?
2.How might the stage and character directions included in a drama script change the way you interpret the dramatic text?
Personal Reading Reflection • Your first task in your studies is going to be to comment on what you learn about the play through your first, individual reading of the text?
• As you undertake this task consider the following:
1.What details do you learn from your first reading?
2.What do you learn about the plot?
5.How would you summarize your overall impressions of the text based on this first individual reading? Remember, you need to outline and reflect on the nature of your participation as well as how and why you feel your new participatory role has impacted on (developed) your understanding of the play?
• Answer the above questions below and in your "stage one, individual reading" reflection in your drama project in your online portfolios.
• This is due by Monday 16th of January