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Classroom Expectations

Special Projects- Theatre
Mr. Fitzgerald
Course Description
Special Projects in Theatre is a one semester course open to sixth, seventh, and eighth
grade students in the gifted curriculum. Students will explore elements of the theatre
and have an opportunity to participate in productions presented during the semester.
Objectives
The students will:
1.) Demonstrate self-respect, respect for others, and respect for property,
2.) Develop teamwork, cooperation, and dependability while participating in selected
theatrical experiences,
3.) Give and receive constructive criticism appropriately,
4.) Foster and develop creativity,
5.) Apply problem-solving skills in the development of characterization, and
6.) Develop and demonstrate acting skills and techniques.
Evaluation and Assessment
The nine-week grades are evaluated as follows:
30% --- Performance on quizzes and assignments
20% --- Production performance
30% --- Performance and engagement in rehearsal activities
20% --- Engagement in class exercises and activities
The semester grade is the average of the two nine weeks' grades.
VBCPS Numerical Grading Scale and Point Scale Conversion
93 - 100

A

4.0

90 - 92

A-

3.7

87 - 89

B+

3.3

83 - 86

B

3.0

80 - 82

B-

2.7

77 - 79

C+

2.3

73 - 76

C

2.0

70 - 72

C-

1.7

67- 69

D+

1.3

64 - 66

D

1.0

Below 64

E

0.0

Special Projects and Activities
In addition to monologues, pantomime activities, etc., each student will participate in
the production of two one-act plays each semester. All efforts will be made to afford an
opportunity for each student to have a speaking role in at least one production.
Naturally, students are expected to be present for performances

Content
Because many students enroll in this course more than once, content varies according to
classroom makeup. However, topics covered include stage movement, makeup, vocal
skills, theatre history, theatre appreciation, theatrical vocabulary, and technical skills.
Classroom Procedures
Students are expected to participate in all class activities, assignments, and productions.
Students will be offered opportunities to work individually, in small groups/committees,
and as a class. Grading criteria for group work (as opposed to individual work) will be
outlined on a case by case basis. Tests and quizzes are primarily objective, but
occasionally there will be work that requires an essay response.
Homework
Given the high standards expected in core classes, theatre assigns no formal homework
as a rule. On those rare occasions when work is assigned outside of class, an equal or
greater amount of time is allocated during class for the assignment. The exception is the
memorization of lines, which requires some time outside of the in-class rehearsals..
Make-up Work
Students are expected to make up missed assignments within a reasonable time frame
after the original deadline was missed due to an excused absence. In most cases a
maximum of three class meetings is considered adequate, although additional time may
be allowed on an individual basis following an extended absence. It is the student’s
responsibility to check for any missed assignments upon their return.
Supplies
Students should at all times bring pen or pencil, paper, their school-issued planner, and
a one-inch three-ring binder (or its equivalent) to class. Students who are assigned roles
will be expected to purchase scripts (typically $5.00 each).
Communication
. My E-mail address is: wefitzge@vbschools.com. School Phone: 648-3240 Ext 62102
Parents are reminded that all student papers, tests, etc. are the property of
Kemps Landing Magnet School and the instructor. These items may be sent home at the
teacher's discretion. Any parent wishing to view any materials should contact me.

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Parents: If you have a skill, a talent, or just have some available time that you can share
in the staging of our productions, please indicate below. Examples of areas of need are
sewing, makeup expertise, supervision, programs, etc. Thank you