Unit Plan: Masks teacher: Macleans College Drama dept. Keywords



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Unit Plan: Masks

TEACHER: Macleans College Drama dept.

Keywords:Acting, Body language, Characterisation, Cultural context, Devised drama, Masks


YEAR
9


LEVEL
4- 5


DURATION
5 weeks





Achievement Objectives Being Assessed

Learning Outcomes

Drama
Understanding Drama in Context


Students will:



· Level 4: investigate the functions, purposes, and technologies of drama in cultural and historical contexts.

· Level 5: investigate the characteristics, purposes, and function of drama in a range of contexts.

Students will develop an understanding about the use of masks in Greek Theatre.

Students will begin to understand the moral, social, cultural, aesthetic values of ancient Greek society.

Students will learn to negotiate and be actively involved within a group to design and fabricate a mask.

Students will communicate their ideas about ancient Greek society through a performance of a Greek myth in a group.



Students will learn how gestures and body movement can communicate to an audience.


Drama
Developing Practical Knowledge in Drama


Students will:



· Level 4: select and use techniques and relevant technologies to develop drama practice.

· Level 4: use conventions to structure drama.

· Level 5: select and use techniques, conventions, and relevant technologies for specific drama purposes.

Drama
Communicating and Interpreting in Drama


Students will:



· Level 4: present and respond to drama, identifying ways in which elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies create meaning in their own and others' work.

· Level 5: present and respond to drama and describe how drama combines elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies to create structure and meaning in their own and others' work.

Drama
Developing Ideas in Drama


Students will:



· Level 4: initiate and refine ideas with others to plan and develop drama.

· Level 5: select and refine ideas to develop drama for specific purposes.

AIMS

To introduce students to the use of masks in other cultures.
To encourage students to explore the context of Greek theatre.
To actively participate within a group to design and develop a mask for a performance to their peers.
To develop the use of body language to communicate and interpret themes pertaining to Greek Theatre.




LEARNING INTENTIONS

Students will develop an understanding about the use of masks in Greek Theatre.
Students will begin to understand the moral, social, cultural, aesthetic values of ancient Greek society.
Students will learn to negotiate and be actively involved within a group to design and fabricate a mask.
Students will communicate their ideas about ancient Greek society through a performance of a Greek myth in a group.
Students will learn how gestures and body movement can communicate to an audience.


KEY COMPETENCIES

Thinking
Using language, symbols, and texts
Managing self
Relating to others
Participating and contributing



FOCUSING QUESTIONS

What do we know about masks?
Where do masks come from?
Why are masks used?
Who uses masks?
How are masks used?
How do you make a mask?
What are the conventions of a mask performance?
How can a mask enhance a performance?
How can we communicate in a mask?



LEARNING SEQUENCE


Teaching and Learning Experiences

Ongoing Assessment Approaches

Focusing questions and brainstorm about the use of masks in different societies, cultures and contexts.

Introduction to masks through a variety of resources eg masks, powerpoint.

Learning to establish and develop a role through movement and gesture.

Understanding the use of facial expression to communicate meaning.


Introduction of a greek myth

Group work - adapting a greek myth for a performance using the mask

Design and make a mask for a specific charater in a greek myth

Prepare a Portfolio of research and design for the mask

Rehearse the performance

Perform the drama in front of peers

Students review, analyse and critique the performances.


Formative:

Rehearsal process

Observations of group work

Teacher and group feedback and feedforward.












Summative Assessment

Summative: Portfolio work assessed

Summative: Performance work assessed

Summative: Mask assessed

ASSESSMENT

Arts

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop an understanding about the use of masks in Greek Theatre.

Students will begin to understand the moral, social, cultural, aesthetic values of ancient Greek society.

Students will learn to negotiate and be actively involved within a group to design and fabricate a mask.

Students will communicate their ideas about ancient Greek society through a performance of a Greek myth in a group.

Students will learn how gestures and body movement can communicate to an audience.

Criteria



20 marks

Students will:

5 marks: Communicate evidence of research on masks and their use in Ancient greek theatre in a portfolio

5 marks: Design and make a mask for a character in a performance of a Greek drama or myth



10 marks:Adapt and present a Greek myth in a group performance.
Actively show the use of gesture and body movement to communicate the myth.



RESOURCES

Electronic

Reviewed Resources

· Maskworx
http://www.maskworx.co.nz/home.html

Other Web Resources

· Trestle theatre

· Trading faces

New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars

· The Arts Exemplars
http://www.tki.org.nz/r/assessment/exemplars/arts/index_e.php

Print

· Greek Theatre handout

· The story of Heracles

· The story of King Midas

· The story of the Trojan Horse

· Perseus and Medusa

Other

· DVD: Jim Henson The Storyteller


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