Designing Drama

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A complete curriculum for the beginning drama classroom, including lessons, tests, answer keys, grading rubrics and Powerpoints. I've developed and refined this curriculum over the past twenty years of teaching. It works well for the beginning
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A fun classroom activity that explains the quirky superstitions of theatre and where they came from. Includes a word search (with key) and a writing activity. A great activity to leave for a substitute in a drama classroom.
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Students often take a drama class with the idea that it is only about acting and they may even confuse film acting with stage acting. This PPT presentation gives a brief look into a variety of other professions in the theatre, including skills and
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This is a complete unit lesson for pantomime in the drama classroom. Activities may be used individually or combined for a complete unit. Explores the differences between mime and pantomime, teaches specific techniques for performance, includes
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I have used this assignment in my drama classroom for years and have modified it several times based on what did and did not work. It is a great way to teach students about various careers in theatre, incorporate writing (and possibly research)
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Santa on Strike is a holiday play about what might happen if Santa decided to go on strike. Updated into our world today, complete with Santa checking his cell phone for "thank you texts" from children, it is a light and fun holiday show for a
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How do you teach Shakespeare with a class full of girls? You write an original parody script. I took out the tragedy and added some humor by exploring the silly side of "love at first sight." Add, delete or change characters (and names) to suit
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A short and funny Christmas scene about a fruitcake that just can't find a home. A fruitcake is re-gifted from person to person until it ends up right back where it started. This short play runs about 10 minutes when produced. It was originally
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These are assorted performance rubrics that I use for my beginning, intermediate and advanced theatre classes. The ten rubrics included are: 1. Characterization 2. Monologue 3. Shakespeare 4. Commedia del 'arte 5. Improvisation 6. Reader's
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**For a limited time I am offering this unit of study for free. It is one of 8 units you will find in my Beginning Drama Curriculum. If you like this product, I hope you will leave a positive review and come back to view my other products as
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This presentation introduces students to theatre history. It can be used by itself or it can be used with the Theatre History Unit in the Begging Drama Curriculum 2.
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A new twist on a beloved classic, the is the story of a teacher that has become disenchanted with teaching. She is visited by three ghosts who help her discover the true joy of teaching and rekindle her spirit. This short play runs about 10
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Ten vocabulary words of basic theatre terminology in a convenient Power Point ready for your classroom. Terminology is included in the first unit of my Beginning Drama Curriculum.
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This presentation may be used alone or with the Beginning Drama 2 curriculum. It focuses on 12 stock characters from Commedia dell'arte, including a deatiled description, a picture and their representational masks.
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A step-by-step guide for creating Commedia dell'art masks with students in your classroom.
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There's an App for That is a brief look into what might happen if Dorothy happened into the land of Oz with her cell phone in hand. A short play ideal for middle school aged children. The well-known characters of Oz are in a new world with
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught in public schools and professional theatre organizations for more than 20 years. After getting frustrated trying to find scripts that are school appropriate, yet are well-written and dynamic, I decided to start writing my own. All of the scripts in my store have been used in the classroom and/or produced on the stage with my students. They have been tested and edited based on those experiences.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to create an environment that makes students feel safe and respected; then they feel free to try new things, explore and create. Middle and High School students are often self-conscious about others judging them and need to learn to be confident and stand on their own, so they can pave their unique journey. Drama helps this do this and the confidence and skills cross over into all other academic subjects.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Arizona Thespians Teacher of the Year (2015), Arizoni Award winner, Irene Ryan nominee, New Teacher of the year (1991).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I hold an MA in Theatre Education from Prescott College and a BS in Secondary Education from Columbus State University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Jeana Whitaker was born in Jackson, California but has lived all over the United States and in Italy. After earning her Bachelor's Degree in 1991, she went on to teach a variety of classes, coach state champion Speech and Debate teams and direct award-winning theatrical productions. Continuing to follow her love of performing arts, Ms. Whitaker worked in professional theatre, television and film, including work for HBO, Granada Films, ESPN, Entertainment Tonight, Rocky Mountain Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company. Additionally, she created and ran an award-winning community theatre company in Phoenix and she earned her Master's Degree in Theatre Education from Prescott College in 2001. However, her greatest joy is teaching students; whether they are learning how to analyze literature, make their stage debut, or discover new things about themselves and the world around them (even when they think they already know everything). In her spare time, Ms. Whitaker can be found writing screenplays and novels and traveling whenever possible.

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