Mr. Jordan Clifton
M-F 2:30-3:00 (Please make an appointment)
Hello and welcome to Theatre Arts I! My name is Mr. Clifton and I am beyond excited to have you in this introduction to Theatre class. In this class, you will experience many different kinds of theatre – either individually, or all at once! After successfully completing this course, you will broaden your knowledge of theatre, develop an appreciation for the arts, heighten your performance and technical skills, and, most importantly, your self-confidence.
Beginning Theatre Arts, or Theatre Arts I, is designed to be a survey of theatrical arts. In this course, you will learn many aspects of theatre that include performance skills, using both improvisation and prepared pieces, theatre history, technical theatre and musical theatre. You will also learn appropriate audience etiquette, explore careers within the industry and discover how to offer constructive criticism in the field of theatre.
The following materials are required to ensure effective learning for Theatre Arts I:
Page Divider for Theatre, Composition Notebook or Journal, writing utensils, highlighter and any other materials that you see fit to complete project-based items.
This course will follow the North Carolina State Essential Standards for Theatre Arts I, found at: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/acre/standards/new-standards/arts/theatre/9-12.pdf
Evaluation and Grading Procedures:
Because of the nature of theatre, this course will be evaluated through various means of assessment. The 10-Point Grading Scale will be used to determine overall grades for the course. The breakdown for grading in this course is as follows:
Performances- 200 points
Projects- 150 points
Major Assessments- 150 points
Skills Assessments-100 points
Participation- 100 points (per week)
Minor Projects- 50-75 points
Minor Written Assessments- 50 points
Miscellaneous class activities- 0-10 points
The students and instructor will follow the following expectations:
D- Demonstrate control of your body and voice
R- Respect yourself and others
A- Always try your best
M- Maintain focus to stay on task
A- Audience etiquette
Students who are absent will be expected to complete and turn in all makeup work with the same number of missed days plus one additional day upon their return. Example: If a student is absent for two consecutive days, he/she should be allowed a total of three days to return the missing assignment. If a test is missed, schedule a time with Mr. Clifton to make it up. Pop quizzes cannot be made up.
Homework/assignments are due at the time that the instructor collects them (mostly at the beginning of class). Any work turned in after that time is considered late and will be graded as such. For each day that the assignment is late, five (5) points will be deducted from the top. For example, if an assignment is due on Monday and not turned in until Wednesday, ten (10) points will be deducted and the highest grade that can be obtained is a 90%. No late work will be accepted after five days.
The Theatre Arts I classroom will follow the honor code outlined by the School Handbook. Please refer to the handbook for specific details.