9/28 & 9/29 Drama Agenda

Two groups presented their activities during class.  We did (1) funeral procession and (2) accepting circle.

We had a test on improv.  The test was as follows:

Answer the following questions on a loose-leaf piece of paper.  Use complete sentences.

  1. What are the two questions that we ask ourselves during improv? Tell me the answers, as well!
  2. What are the two rules of improv? Tell me briefly what each rule means.
  3. Who is Ms. Halpern?
  4. What is The Committee?
  5. Tell me one way improv says that “thinking ahead can hinder your life?”
  6. Who is Viola Spolin?

9/27 Drama Agenda

Today two groups presented their improv games to the class and the class played them.  One game was a small group ask and answer game, while the other was a critical thinking large group circle game.

After, I reviewed what would be on the test on Friday.  I showed the students where the notes are on my webpage.

Finally, we went over what the behavior expectations are for games versus direct instruction and agreed on two sets of behavior rules.

9/27 English 2



Please answer the question thoroughly. You must use direct and indirect quotations to support your thesis statement.

Please write an introduction, two paragraphs of support, and a conclusion.

PROMPT:  Identify one of the play’s main characters (Antigone or Creon) as a tragic figure and discuss why, using textual evidence, he/she meets the criteria for a tragic figure.

 I. Introduction (3-5 sentences)
A. Hook: Grab the reader’s attention with a quote, scenario, vivid description, etc. Must be related to your topic. (1-2 sentences)
B. Thesis statement: Simply and clearly state your position on the issue (1 sentence)
II. Body Paragraph One
A. Topic Sentence
B. Concrete detail – evidence with a citation – one sentence
C.  Commentary – 2 sentences
D.  Concrete detail – evidence with a citation – one sentence
E. Commentary – 2 sentences
F.  Conclusion

III.  Body Paragraph Two
A. Topic Sentence
B. Concrete detail – evidence with a citation – one sentence
C.  Commentary – 2 sentences
D.  Concrete detail – evidence with a citation – one sentence
E. Commentary – 2 sentences
F.  Conclusion

IV.  Conclusion Summarize

A.  restate your thesis statement and three arguments in different words
B.  Make a closing statement. Tie your closing statement back to your opening hook.

9/27 Eng 1 and Eng 9RCP

Today was a work day on the advertisement project.

The project is due tomorrow at the beginning of class.  It should have three items in the packet:

  1. rough draft advertisement with dialogue
  2. final draft original pictures storyboard and dialogue
  3. grading rubric


9/26 Drama Agenda

  1. Engage in pantomime activity where the box in front of me is invisible and I can pull anything out of it I can dream of.
  2. Notes on Pantomime

    What is pantomime?

    Pantomime is the art of acting and storytelling without words or sounds.  It is an art that develops non-verbal communication using facial expression and body language to create elements of character, plot, space, and action.


    Pay specific attention to the size, shape, resistance, and weight of any object that you incorporate into your pantomime.  Isolate movement so that we see the effect of a specific action or gesture on each individual part of your body.  Make sure that each section of your pantomime is part of a motivated sequence:
    We experience stimulus (something happens)
    We think about it
    Our body responds to it


    Create a strong character with definite personality traits and mannerisms.  Let the character feel emotions and experience all sorts of moods.


    Create a simple story line that is easy to understand.

    Rehearse and Revise

    Pantomime takes a lot of practice to become perfect.  Try a number of ideas and then use the ones that you feel comfortable with.  Have other students or your teacher watch you perform, discuss what is not clear, and get suggestions on how it could be clearer.  Once you think you have the basics down, rehearse it over and over until you are sure it is perfect.  Then rehearse it again.

    Limitations of Pantomime in Competition

    If you wish to compete at Region and State Drama Tournaments with your pantomime you must conform to the following rules:

    Pantomimes can have one or two people
    Pantomime time limit is three to six minutes long
    The only prop allowed in pantomime is one chair per person
    Pantomimes must be silent – no talking, sounds, or music is allowed.

  3. How?
    – keeping objects the same size, in the same place, etc.
    Exaggerated Resistance – define and make movements sharp and crisp, make every movement bigger than life
    Exaggerated Facial Expression and Gestures – keeping expressions and gestures specific but bigger than life
  4. Activity where each student attempts the randomly chosen simple activity to pantomime using the strategies above (ie shopping and paying for items)

9/26 English 1 Agenda


Which three of the following skills are the most important for success in life?  Why did you chose those three?

Patience, common sense, humor, courage, creativity, resourcefulness, work ethic, organization, integrity, pride, responsibility, flexibility, compassion, love, kindness, self-control, obedience, independence, discernment, initiative, wisdom, wit, friendliness

Today we continued working on our advertisements, and organized to make a real storyboard using original photographs, props, and costumes.  Creative process, writing, imagery, and persuasion are important factors of this assignment.  See attached for rubric.