Course aims / learning outcomes
- Working with Drama not only involves using voices and bodies but also emotions, creativity and courage. It requires trust, sensitivity and loyalty. Drama builds communication, listening and cooperation skills. It helps us to understand how to work with other people and the importance of working together.
- This NCEA level 2/3 course will be devoted to the ongoing practical development of the basic components of performance drama. Over the course of the year, we will explore, practice and refine the use of techniques, conventions and elements. We will use a variety of performance tasks to achieve this. All assessments are live performances with supporting evidence. Coming to drama with a positive attitude and self-discipline is essential if you are to get the most out of what this course has to offer. As the tasks and assessments are group tasks it is essential that you regularly attend classes.
- Term 1 will begin the year with a thorough revision of the practical use of drama techniques - Voice, Body, Movement and Space. We will explore how they can combined to create strong, credible, three dimensional characters existing in a variety of situations.
- Term 2 will build on the techniques work of term 1 as we focus on the conventions and elements of Documentary Drama. After a series of workshops, students will work in groups to devise their own dramatic performance pieces based around relevant, current social issues.
- In term 3 we will turn our attention to a specific historical theatre form. Students will be introduced to Absurdist Theatre. They will then have the opportunity to choose from a selection of playwrights and scripts in order to create a group performance using the appropriate theatrical conventions of the theatre form.
- Term 4 will be devoted to external exam preparation and derived grade exams.
- This course offers 3 internally assessed standards as well as 1 external exam for a total of 17 credits at both Levels 2 and 3.
- Every assessment in this subject area is a performance, which will be recorded for moderation purposes. The performance is supported with a small portfolio of rehearsal evidence.
- There are no reassessment opportunities in this subject.
- Authenticity of student evidence will be in line with school policy. As the work is carried out over several weeks there will be a combination of teacher observations and the use of Google docs. Clear deadlines will be set at the commencement of each unit of work.
- Students have the right to appeal the mark they have been awarded. If a student wishes to appeal a grade, they should initially talk to the subject learning advisor about the marking process immediately after the marked assessment task is shown to them. If still dissatisfied the student should make an appointment and discuss grades with the Principal’s Nominee who will check that the correct procedures have been followed as outlined in the school and subject policies taking into account any special circumstances.
Table of Assessments
|Number||Name||Credit value||Internal or External||Literacy Numeracy UE Reading/Writing||When||Reassessment opportunity||Type of assessment|
|Apply drama techniques in a scripted context||4||Internal||UE Literacy||1||No||Performance|
|Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance||4||Internal||UE Literacy||1||No||Performance|
|Devise and perform a drama to realise an intention||5||Internal||UE Literacy||2||No||Performance|
|Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept||5||Internal||UE Literacy||2||No|
|Use complex performance skills associated with a drama or theatre form or period||4||Internal||UE Literacy||3||No||Performance|
|Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period||4||Internal||UE Literacy||3||No||Performance|
|Discuss drama elements, techniques, conventions and technologies within live performance||4||External||UE Literacy||4||No||Written Exam|
|Demonstrate understanding of live performance||4||External||UE Literacy||4||No||Written Exam|