Drama / Year 7 and 8

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Curriculum content descriptions

Develop and refine expressive skills in voice and movement to communicate ideas and dramatic action in different performance styles and conventions, including contemporary Australian drama styles developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dramatists (ACADRM043)

Elaborations
  • developing and refining vocal qualities of audibility, clarity and contrast through control of pace, pitch, dynamics and use of pause and silence
  • developing use of performance techniques and conventions relevant to selected performance styles, for example, refining use of the body to communicate through movement and stillness, and through realistic and non-realistic movement; and exploring ways to transition between scenes
  • employing voice and movement appropriate to situation and manipulating space and time in dramatic action to heighten tension, focus action and shape meaning in a scripted drama
  • adapting facial expression, posture, gesture, movement and voice (including accent) to portray age, power and disposition in a specific performance style, such as contemporary Australian styles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dramatists
  • developing techniques to engage an audience, for example, by expressing and experiencing character relationships through vocal dynamics and tone, eye contact, proximity and space
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – How successful was the director in expressing the intent clearly to the audience? How well did the performers create role or character and use expressive skills?
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Speaking,  Aboriginal art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Plots (Stories),  Acting

Teacher resource

Radio drama

This is a resource that focuses on how sound is used to create and enhance drama. It features a video of actor Marian Haddrick talking about sound in drama and performing a radio play with Brendan McCallum using props to create a sound score. The resource includes three activity sheets on soundscapes, radio advertising ...

Teacher resource

Drama activities with masks - item 3 of 3

This is an online resource that focuses on how to use a mask in Drama. It contains a video featuring performer Fleur Hockey presenting on how to use a mask in performance, an activity sheet, and teacher notes that include warm-up exercises and extension activities for other learning areas. The video presents rules for performing ...

Teacher resource

Hahoe mask drama

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore the Korean Hahoe mask drama. The teacher notes provide background information about Korea, the traditional mask drama and pedagogical advice. The stimulus resources consist of images of the play and masks, ...

Teacher resource

Be on the Safe Side Year 7-8 The Arts (Drama)

This is a unit of work that uses the concept of rail safety and the setting of the rail network to explore character, roles and situations; there is a particular focus on bullying and the bystander effect. Learning opportunities for students include scripting, performing and revising their own drama. The resource includes: ...

Teacher resource

Using 'Stages of life' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes reflections following the teaching of R11512 'Stages of life - unit of work'. Students engage in a sequence of structured activities in Science and Drama to develop their knowledge and understanding of the cycle of life of plants and the cycle of life of humans.