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Acting:  Week 8
(April 4-8, 2022)

Important topics/terms are in RED.

Google Classroom assignments are in BLUE.

If ABSENT, you are REQUIRED to read / understand / do all activities posted for that day, even if it's not an "assignment".  

DAY 1:

1.) Reviewed 3 different music clips played by Ms. Price and reviewed responses from last class in Google Classroom PROCESS JOURNAL:  "Feels Like" and "Looks Like" for each clip. 

2.) Reviewed instructions for our final acting scene (for IB Summative "Thinking Creatively")

  • With a partner (of your choice), create a GOODBYE SCENE to music (choose music clip #1, #2, or #3)

    • Be SPECIFIC in your CHOICES (character, setting, why's, etc.)

    • Your STORY should have a beginning, conflict, sequence of actions, and resolution (NOT the same action over and over).  

    • No talking (or mouthing words).  Work to SHOW more than you tell.  

3.) Analyzed the story structure of a Goodbye Scene performance by former Acting students.

4.) Collaborated with partner to develop a concept, artistic intention, and strong story for a "Goodbye Scene" to music. 


5.) Rehearsed concepts/scenes for performance with your partner.

6.)  2.) Watched Ira Glass on Storytelling - part III (1:54) and discussed how creative thinking CAN be developed by constantly creating (a large volume of work) and how failure is a part of the creative PROCESS..  (Watch HERE)  (if absent, be sure to watch)

7.) Discussed how creativity CAN be developed (re-visited) by doing, doing, doing and that "failure" is a necessary part of the creative process.

3.)  Journaled in response to the following questions: 

(in Google Classroom PROCESS JOURNAL under week 8; Title: Failure & Learning to "think creatively")

  • What have you been taught about "failure" in your life?  (through adults' actions, not words)

  • How can learning to think creatively (and producing creative work) help you in YOUR chosen career/life path? 

(if absent, be sure to complete the journal entry under week 8)

9.) Completed questions #1-3 on Reflection #4 (in Google Classroom under week 8)

10.) Performed Goodbye scenes with a partner and received audience feedback.  (If you did not perform today, you will perform NEXT class.  We will wrap up this project and you will receive your IB SUMMATIVE grade for "Thinking Creatively".)

DAYS 2-3:

1.)  Reviewed "anecdote" and "bait" and "failure" in storytelling.


2.) Rehearsed Goodbye scenes with a partner (if you haven't already performed)

3.) Completed (if you haven't already) questions #1-3 on Reflection #4 (in Google Classroom under week 8; Assignment:  Reflection #4 (Goodbye Scene to Music)

4.) Performed Goodbye scenes with a partner and received audience feedback.

5.)   Journaled in response to the following questions: 

(in Google Classroom PROCESS JOURNAL under week 8; Title: Thinking creatively")

  • What have you learned about thinking creatively as a result of creating original scenes this unit?

DAY 4:  

1.) Reviewed:  Is there a FORM to strong storytelling?  (Anecdote, Bait, etc.) 

2.) Discussed:  If you switched from performing an ORIGINAL CONCEPT/IDEA to performing a SCRIPT, what would be the differences? 

  • Discussed what a script LOOKS like and what it includes (character's name and what he/she says).  Discussed how scripts aren't meant to be read...they're meant to be SEEN.

  • Discussed ways to better use your imagination while reading a script.

3.) Learned about playwright Neil Simon and his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Lost in Yonkers

  • If absent, just know that Neil Simon is a well-known 20th century playwright who wrote many plays and screenplays.  Many of his plays were influenced by where he grew up (New York) and when he grew up (during/after the Great Depression). 

4.) Discussed  the "world of the play" that we will be reading in class (Yonkers, New York, 1942) and the ways the play's characters may be influenced by that "world".

5.) Read Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon.  If absent you MUST read what we read together in class! (see below) 

Click the links below to read the Act I, Scene 1...

  • Act I, Scene1, pgs 3-21 Exposition = the beginning of the play where we learn about the characters and their relationship to eachother

DAY 4:  (Check back here after class for what we got though on day 4)

  • Act I, Scene 1, pgs 21-26 Conflict = the moment that "unlocks" the plot/rising action of the play.  The first big conflict often drives the storyline of the play.

  • Act I, Scene 1 - pgs 26-39 Build = the "rising action" in the story (in theatre it's called "build")

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