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JH Theatre

Course Syllabus

Google Classroom Code: joomocx

Pewitt CISD Theatre Department


Junior High Syllabus
Mrs. Kari Lum

Course Content Aligned with TEKS

     The knowledge and skills pursued in this course will cover four strands:

  • Perception. The student develops concepts about self, human relationships, and the environment, using elements of drama and conventions of theatre. Examples: improvisation, preparation/warm-ups, movement, voice, text analysis, theatre conventions, and interdependence.
  • Creative Expression/Performance. Creative expression/performance. The student interprets characters, using the voice and body expressively, and creates dramatizations. The student applies design, directing, and the theatre production concepts and skills. Examples: safety, character analysis, acting, playwriting, design and technical elements, directing, applied production, and specialization.
  • Historical/cultural heritage. The student relates theatre to history, society, and culture. Examples: historical and cultural influences.
  • Response/evaluation. The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.
    • Examples: theater etiquette, criticism, interdisciplinary, careers and vocational pursuits.


     Because everyone comes to theatre from a variety of backgrounds and training, grading will not be based on “talent” but on EFFORT and GROWTH of each person.

  • Daily grades are based on participation (attitude, cooperation, working fully the entire time). Remember: PROCESS, not only PRODUCT will be evaluated.
  • Minor grades are based on quizzes, line checks, etc.
  • Major grades are based on tests or projects on material covered. A rubric will be discussed for ALL major grades prior to the due date of the assignment.
  • Daily Grades 20%, Minor Grades 30%, Major Grades 50%

Assignment Information:

     Some of your assignments will be based on your participation and involvement in the productions and class projects. It is your responsibility to keep up with not only your theatre grades, but all grades as you must (at least) pass all subjects to remain UIL eligible to participate in any after-school activity.

     You will be completing some assignments in groups. Some of these will last 10 minutes and others will last weeks. It is important that you realize you are not only being graded on the product but also the process and how you work within the group. Theatre, at its roots, is an activity that requires collaboration with others. How you work with your group members in class says everything that I need to know about what roles you should receive in our productions

     If you are absent, it is your responsibility to email Mrs. Lum and to get the course material that you have missed.

Cost/Requirements Supplies

     There is NOT a class fee for Theatre 1. However, because the department is covering the financial cost that it takes to fund the projects and units that are taught in Theatre 1, students in this class are encouraged to invest time into making the productions as good as they can. Expectations of each unit will be very high! Students in most high schools’ theatre classes pay $50-$100 per course. In saying that, students will be expected to take care of the district-funded equipment and materials that they have access to throughout the course.

There are Fees/Costs for the following activities:

  • Brahma Theatre department t-shirts ($15)
  • Black Clothing to wear if working backstage
  • Money for possible Thespian Events.

Other possible supplies needed for this class:

  • Pen, pencil, paper
  • Loose-leaf folder/binder
  • Highlighter
  • Proper rehearsal clothes and shoes (loose fitting, non-revealing, and comfortable clothes)
  • Other supplies may be asked for throughout the year.

To be successful in class

  • Acceptance of the teacher as the director
  • Dependability
  • Enthusiasm, positive attitude, willingness to try, imagination
  • Cooperation with others (theatre is a team effort!)
  • No negativity or personal “baggage” in class! Leave it at the door!
  • Full participation in all class activities
  • An attitude that this class will help you become a better actor, audience member, creative thinker…and person!

Rules, Regulations, and Procedures:

  • Cell Phones must me left in the basket provided on the stage at the beginning of the class. NO EXCEPTIONS! The theatre is to be a safe place for fun and self-expression.
  • Social Media is to be used in a positive manner at all times. Anything said about another student, teacher, production, or policy in a negative light could lead to the dismissal of that student.
  • Tardy policy: you will not be admitted into class without a pass.
  • Ask to use supplies if you need them… and be sure to return them.
  • Please refrain from chewing gum, eating or drinking ANYWHERE in the Auditorium.
  • Be on time with all supplies for the day.
  • Keep your temper under control (anger and outbursts are just a waste of time and energy).
  • Remember that hostile and defiant attitudes make everyone uncomfortable; we don’t need to waste time and energy addressing inappropriate behavior.
  • Be respectful of other people’s property; this includes the director’s.
  • Help keep the classroom/rehearsal area clean; pick up trash when you see it.
  • Do not write on or in any other way deface the school and theatre property!
  • You are not allowed in the shops, dressing rooms, greenroom, booth, and auditorium without permission.
  • If you would like to use theatre books and scripts, you must check them out (note there is a replacement fee for lost or damaged materials).
  • Masks are to be work when students are unable to be 6 feet apart.

Performance/ Audience Etiquette:

  • Performance assignments will be presented on the scheduled, due dates. NO EXCUSES!!
  • Bring all supplies with you. You will not be permitted to go to your locker or car.
  • Practice audience etiquette during all performances: no talking, working on anything else, yelling out or put downs, disturbances, cellular devices…. Basically, behave the way you want your classmates (and teacher!) to behave when you are performing!
  • Students who disturb the performance and/or disrespect their classmates (and teacher) will receive a lower grade on the assignment!
  • Above all, remember that this is a participation class: less than 100% participation will result in less than a 100% grade!

Units of Study

  • 5 Pictures of Importance
  • Theatre Basics to Storytelling
  • Musical Theatre Study & Viewing of The Pirates of Penzance
  • Primitive Theatre/Playwriting
  • Secrets to Characterization & Physicality
  • Beginning Improvisational Techniques
  • Monologues: Comedic, Dramatic, Farcical, Realistic, Classical, and Contemporary
  • Duet Musical Songs
  • Preparation for Auditions for ’20-’21 UIL OAP

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