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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

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I like to move it, move it!

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Voice and accents – part 2

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Voice and accents – Part 1

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, and where the voice comes from to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively, as well as experiment with tongue twisters.

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Drop the mic – hip hop and Shakespeare

A fresh and fun approach to Hip Hop theatre exploring, words, rhythm, movement, voice and creative writing. Drop The Mic Hip Hop Theatre class aims to develop voice, rhythm, physicality and character skills.

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

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Lip sync challenge

Students will develop expressive movement skills to perform a Lip Sync Challenge. They will explore character, rhythm, movement, sound and tension and reflect on their own performance skills.

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Beats and rhymes

This class develops your vocal skills for performance. Write a Slam Poem or a Rap and then perform them for an audience.

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Make ‘em laugh

See how effective comedy is in communicating ideas and engaging an audience. Good performances will have moments of humour and seriousness in order to provide variety and interest in the stories being told.

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A debate to get your teeth into

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Rock 'n' roll and Gough Whitlam

How does a rock 'n' roll filmmaker tell the story of one of Australia's most controversial prime ministers? Listen as filmmaker Paul Clarke distinguishes himself from 'serious and worthy' documentary makers in his program about former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. This is the second clip in a series of two.

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The importance of stories in video games

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Efficient speech: the process of language change

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The Gough Whitlam saga

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Inspirational Teens

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Words and sayings over time

Have you ever wondered where sayings like 'hanging by the skin of your teeth' come from? Professor Kate Burridge explains the origin and meaning of this saying. She also explains the opposite word (antonym) to 'misogynist' (someone who hates or has a long and deep prejudice against women) and the origins of the word 'goodbye'.

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'Bought' or 'brought' and radio code

Changes in the use, pronunciation, and meaning of common everyday English words happen all the time. Professor Kate Burridge explains that we can see this in the way people increasingly switch the past tense of the verbs 'buy' and 'bring'. She also answers a viewer's question about why 'Roger' is used on two-way and CB radios.

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The Aussie Accent: whaddya reckon, mate?

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Using closed captions (TV text) to understand TV

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'It's raining, it's pouring' sung by Teddy Rock

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Observing a platypus

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