Prerequisites Successful completion of the Year 11 Drama course. If you were unable to study Year 11 Drama, you will not be turned away, so long as you have demonstrated an open-minded interest in Drama, a willingness to take dramatic and personal risks, and a commitment to working with others. Description Level 2 Drama is based on the Level 7 national curriculum course. The teaching styles employed in Drama are highly suited to academic, tactile and kinaesthetic learners. The skills and attitudes learnt in drama can be used through – and beyond – school. This course is active: active participation, active creation, active academic study and active reflection. Students participate in class improvisation and work with scripted text. They take part in workshops and a variety of public performances. There are opportunities for personal and interpersonal experimenting, development and learning through Drama. Students will see plays and then write about what they have seen and do assignments on theatre tradition, theatre styles and backstage work. Objectives Use language and communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, with increased confidence and competence in a range of dramatic contexts. Participate in, and understand, the process of drama and dramatic conventions.
Develop confidence and self-discipline, as well as independence, resourcefulness and adaptability. Develop a range of skills and techniques with which to explore and use your own ideas and resources. Accept, build on and be sensitive to the contributions of others and develop a spirit of cooperation. Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 4 of the 17 compulsory credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 13 credits internally assessed. Students can then select an additional internal or external worth 4 or 5 credits.
The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:
• AS 91213 (4 credits – internal) Apply drama techniques in a scripted context. • AS 91214 (5 credits – internal) Devise and perform a drama to realise an intention. • AS 91216 (4 credits – internal) Perform features of a complex drama/theatre form. • AS 91219 (4 credits – external)
Discuss drama elements, techniques, conventions and technologies within live performance.
NB: There is an expectation that Year 12 and 13 Drama students will contribute toward out-of-class productions in their senior years – for example, Theatresports, House Plays, senior production or the Shakespeare Festival.
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