Drama / Year 7 and 8 / Exploring and responding

Curriculum content descriptions

investigate the diversity of drama created and/or performed by First Nations Australians, considering culturally responsive approaches to Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights (AC9ADR8E02)

Elaborations
  • identifying how diverse examples of drama created and/or performed by First Nations Australians can consider and demonstrate culturally responsive approaches to Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights
  • using information from Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property protocols and guidelines to inform decisions about whether or not ideas from an existing source featuring cultural expressions can be used when developing new drama work
  • engaging in activities that enable understanding of how to make ethical choices and empathise with content creators and story owners; for example, asking questions such as, “Whose story is it?”, “Is this my story to share or should I ask permission to tell it?”
  • investigating specific examples of how drama practitioners select and use First Nations Australians’ historical and cultural material to develop and create contemporary First Nations Australian theatre; for example, using historical and cultural materials that accurately communicate First Nations Australian perspectives, such as resilience to the impacts of colonisation
  • identifying and analysing what cultural appropriation is and how to avoid it by considering the original purpose, context and intended audience of cultural expressions; for example, using advice from protocols for protecting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Narratives,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,  Artistic purpose,  Japanese peoples,  Cultural authority,  Cultural expressions,  Cultural protocols,  Cultural knowledge,  Cultural awareness,  Aboriginal art,  Australian art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Culture,  Cultural identity,  Drama (Arts),  Cultural imperialism,  Settings (Narratives)

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How to be funny

What is the key to being funny? As Tim Ferguson explains, if you can laugh, you can write comedy. Has something funny happened to you lately? Or is there something in particular that you find puzzling or amusing about the world around you? Put your thoughts on paper and experiment with telling your story in different ways. ...

Interactive

I like to move it, move it!

Engage the body to tell stories and entertain audiences. Explore the techniques of expressive physical movement to communicate ideas and create dramatic meaning. Students devise a story using mime, movement and gesture.

Interactive

Voice and accents – Part 1

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Interactive

Drop the mic – hip hop and Shakespeare

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Voice and accents – part 2

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, vocal warms and how to use different accents to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively and learning to use the Standard American Accent.

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Hannie Rayson on the Australian voice in theatre

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Hannie Rayson on writing complex roles for women

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Developing script ideas with Hannie Rayson

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Interactive

Lip sync challenge

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Interactive

Beats and rhymes

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Interactive

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.

Online

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

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Online

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning

The Narragunnawali website is a portal of rich content and professional resources for teachers and students in schools and early learning centres that promotes reconcilation between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The website includes curriculum- aligned resources and professional ...

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Australian collection

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Indigenous Australian collection

This federated search from the QAGOMA database features a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks from the collection. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, a map of major Indigenous regions in Australia, classroom activities, a glossary ...

Online

Koorie Cross-Curricular Protocols for Victorian Government Schools

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