THAD 239 - Winona State University

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A. Course Descriptions (current)
1. Catalog Description: THAD 239 Creative Dramatics for Children (2 S.H.)
Study and application of techniques that enable teachers and group leaders to guide
others to imagine, enact, and reflect upon human experiences through dramatic
activity. Offered alternate years.
Catalog Description: THAD 290 Creativity across the Curriculum (2 S.H.)
Study and practice of skills to improve teaching and learning; the emphasis is on
creative thinking, bringing information to life and fostering conditions favorable to
participatory learning.
Course Description (proposed)
Catalog Description: THAD 239 Creative Dramatics in Education (3 S.H.
The study and practice of skills such as storytelling, puppetry and creative writing to
improve teaching and learning across the educational spectrum. Special emphasis is
placed on creative thinking that enables teachers and group leaders to guide others to
imagine, enact and reflect on human experiences through dramatic activity.
2. Course Outline of the Major Topics and Subtopics
THAD 239 Creative Drama in Education
1. Introduction to Creative Drama
a. As an art
b. As a socializing activity
c. As a way of learning
2. A History of the Art of Creative Drama
3. Creative Writing
a. Journal writing
b. Lesson plans
4. Games with a purpose
a. Storytelling
b. Pantomime
c. Improvisations
3. Classroom, Service Learning
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Course Requirements:
A daily journal is required. This journal will be turned in at the end of the semester.
Participation in daily exercises.
Handing in assignments in on time.
Written and oral critiques are required.
Performance final.
Evaluation:
Class Attendance
Two week workshops, execution of lesson plan
Final Portfolio
Oral presentation
Creative writing presentation
Storytelling project
Puppetry
Total:
20 pts
75 pts
25 pts
20 pts
20 pts
20 pts
20 pts
200 pts
Extra Credit – Attend Creative Drama Session
B. Rationale for the changes proposed:
Expanding the credits for this course from 2 credits to 3 credits will allow for greater
scheduling. Too much material to cover in one two credit course. The significance of the
material. In order to more fully explore and deeply investigate the concepts and skills
involved in Creative Dramatics it is necessary go combine these two existing courses
(THAD 239 Creative Dramatics for Children and THAD 290 Creativity Across the
Curriculum) into one robust three credit course.
Syllabus for THAD 239
Creative Drama in Education
3 credits
Instructor: Vivian Fusillo
Office:
Phone:
Office Hours:
[email protected]
Course Descriptions/Objectives:
The study and practice of skills such as storytelling, puppetry and creative writing to improve
teaching and learning across the educational spectrum. Special emphasis is placed on creative
thinking that enables teachers and group leaders to guide others to imagine, enact and reflect on
human experiences through dramatic activity. Study and practice of skills to improve teaching
and learning; the emphasis is on creative thinking, bringing information to life and fostering
conditions favorable to participatory learning.
Course Materials (Required Text)
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
This course complies with Winona State University’s Academic Integrity Policy as stated on
page of the 2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog or as amended and no exceptions shall be
allowed. All members of this class must read this policy prior to the first five days of the
semester. Failure to comply with this policy shall result in sanctions and action as stated in the
policy.
Week One:
Tuesday, Jan. 12 Introduction to text and lesson plans.
Tuesday, Jan. 19 Imagery as a way of learning.
Thursday, Jan 21 Physical and vocal exercises.
Tuesday, Jan 26 Mime and improvisation.
Thursday, Jan 28 Creative drama use …
Tuesday, Feb. 2 Oral Interpretation.
Thursday, Feb. 4 Oral Interpretation.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 Oral Interpretation.
Thursday, Feb. 11 Acting out…., other subjects.
Tuesday, Feb. 16 Acting out
Thursday, Feb. 18 Creative Writing, explore all possibilities for creative
Tuesday, Feb. 23 Creative Writing, explore all possibilities for creative
Thursday, March 2 Storytelling, explore many subjects for storytelling
Tuesday, March 4 Storytelling, explore many subjects for storytelling
SPRING BREAK
Tuesday, March 16 Storytelling, explore many subjects for storytelling
Thursday, March 18 Storytelling, explore many subjects for storytelling
Tuesday, March 23 Creative writing. Explore all possibilities for creative writing.
Thursday, March 25 Creative writing. Explore all possibilities for creative writing.
Tuesday, March 30 Puppetry. Create a puppet, a script, rehearse and present the show.
Thursday, April 1 Puppetry. Create a puppet, a script, rehearse and present the show.
Tuesday,
Thursday, April 6 Viola Spolin exercises.
Tuesday, April 8 Viola Spolin exercises.
Thursday, April 13 Summary Day. How to profit from your creative power, two week
workshop, presentation of lesson plan.
Tuesday, April 15 5 presentations (15 min.)
Thursday, April 20 5 presentations (15 min.)
Tuesday, April 22 5 presentations (15 min.)
Classes will require and include:
A daily journal is required.
Creative drama. An art, a socializing activity and a way of learning.
A daily portfolio of all exercises and presentation is required. Evaluation by class presentation
with critiques.
Exercises for Imagination
Telling Stories on Movement
Improvisation with Problems
Creating a puppet, play writing and _____ show
Building plays from stories
Speech related activities
Storytelling
Drama as a teaching tool
Prepare a _______ workshop
Service workshops of creative drama in churches, schools, libraries and nursing home
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