Homework

It must be noted that in almost all homework tasks in drama the practical work in class generates the written work. The two are interlinked even as far as Advanced Higher and the subject can not be studied solely in a theoretical way. Therefore the timing of homework tasks are not always the same from class to class or even year to year as the practical work determines the times homework will be set.

S3 and S4 Standard Grade

The pupils will not be given a homework task every week but will have an evaluation in the form of an extended essay to write at the end of each unit. The given time for this to be completed will be two weeks. They will be expected to spend at least 20 minutes per night working on this essay over that time period.

Additional homework will be given during the Characterisation unit where they will be expected to write 3 in-role diaries spread out over the course of the unit. They will not do an evaluation at the end of this unit.

During the course they will also be given homework tasks of finding and acquiring different props and costumes as they are needed.

In S4 they will also have to write a theatre evaluation. We will attempt as far as possible to take all pupils to see the same production in order to help them write this extended essay. They will be expected to spend 20 to 30minutes each night over a two week period on this evaluation.

Final self and theatre evaluations must be written by the end of January in S4.

S5 and S6 Int 2

Drama Skills (Unit one):

The pupils will have to set down ideas and write out scenarios for their own directorial sections. They must also plan any technical tasks pertaining to these. This will allow them to complete and compile their own folio for this unit as they are going through the practical tasks in school the folio will be completed at home.

Theatre production Skills (Unit Two):

Learn lines for the small extract that they must perform. Compile and complete a written folio of evidence.

Production (Unit Three):

Depending on their own area of specialism they must learn lines or prepare all technical paperwork. They must all compile and complete a written folio of evidence.

Throughout the whole course they would be expected to acquire costume and props when appropriate.

Finally they must study their chosen textual extract in preparation for the final written exam.

S5 and S6 Higher

Investigative drama (Unit One):

The pupils will have to write scripts for their own directorial sections and keep a director’s log after each rehearsal.

Ground plans for each scene they are directing will also be needed.

They will have to acquire different props and costume for their own directorial section.

Study of a text in its theatrical context (Unit Two):

Pupils will have to learn lines for their acting exam.

They have to study the specified text and character motivation in order to pass the dramatic commentary and essay questions.

They will have to acquire relevant costume for their role.

They will have to do essay questions and dramatic commentaries as homework.

Contemporary Scottish Theatre ( Unit Three):

Pupils will have to learn lines for their acting exam.

They have to read and study all the texts that we are working on during the unit in order to write relevant essays.

They will have to acquire relevant costume for their role.

They will have to do essay questions as homework.

S6 Advanced Higher

Devised drama (Unit One):

The pupils will have to devise and write scripts for their own directorial sections and keep a director’s log after each rehearsal.

Ground plans for each scene they are directing will also be needed.

They have to plan how they will use media and time may be spent making up PowerPoint presentations, video scenes or digital camera images etc.

They will have to acquire different props and costume for their own directorial section.

20thCentury Theatre-Theories of Performance (Unit Two):

After noting down the practical exercises done in class the pupils must then link these to the notes on the studied practitioners. They must keep these in a log or folder and use for reference.

After seeing at least two contemporary theatre performances the pupils must compile a list of notes on all aspects of the performance and link these to the theories of the theatre practitioners studied.

They will have to do essay questions pertaining to these theories as homework.

Special Study (Unit Three):

After deciding whether to do acting, direction or design the homework tasks will vary. However, all pupils will choose a set text and study this individually and work on their specialised study. This may include learning lines, making a prompt copy, designing a set and keeping a log of what they have been doing.

They must also write a report based on their specialism and will be required to plan this as homework.