TR 9:30-10:50 AM
The student will:
Each student must come to class fully prepared and ready to participate. You will be graded daily on your preparedness for class, as well as willingness to participate in a positive and stimulating manner. Students will demonstrate this through participation in exercises, presentation of homework (of any kind), and articulate discussion that pertains to the course work.
You will be assigned appropriate clothing for each stylistic period we study. You are expected to be fully dressed in the appropriate costume pieces at the beginning of class each day. When we are not working in costume, please wear something that is comfortable, allows you to move around, and that will not make you feel exposed. You may be asked to remove shoes if safety becomes an issue. Inappropriate clothing is not an excuse not to work. Remember participation is part of your grade.
Each student is expected to keep a detailed journal of his or her work for the class. The journals will be collected twice during the semester and graded. There should be a MINIMUM of one entry for each week of class at the time of collection. An entry is to be of at least one page in length (150 words). The journal is not a diary, but should reflect on class-work and as a character study for your scenes and monologues. What is listed is the minimum requirement and will not constitute an “A” grade. Journal entries can range in topics: character analysis, research, response to reading, response to class exercises, personalization, etc. Students are encouraged to write journal entries in addition to the minimum requirement of two per week.
Students will be expected to create a character study in his/her journal as outlined in the text. This will include a typed paper for each of the three periods covered during the course.
There will be quizzes given during the semester to test students on their reading and grasp of material.
There will be two written exams during the semester: a mid-term and a non-comprehensive final.
There are five performances during the semester that will be evaluated. These will be fully rehearsed and prepared. For some, you will work alone or with a partner. Each will explore the major areas of study from the text.
Rehearsal outside of class will be required to fully develop the skills required for class. This is HOMEWORK!! I recommend spending at LEAST 4-6 hours a week outside of class, in a rehearsal room, working the week’s assignments. This may require you to schedule and reserve rehearsal rooms. It is your responsibility to work out a schedule with your scene partner that is mutually conducive. Be respectful of your classmates schedule, their time is just as valuable as yours. Your scheduling problems are never a valid excuse for coming to class unprepared. If there is a problem with a fellow classmate’s unwillingness to rehearse that cannot be resolved by the two of you, alert me ASAP. Each partner will be graded separately. However, if you are not rehearsing it will affect the grade of both students.
Assignments will always be due at the beginning of class. Any assignment not turned in at the beginning of class will be considered late. Late work will not normally be accepted. The instructor reserves the right accept late work at his discretion, but will penalize students 15 points per day on any late assignments.
Grades are achieved by the accumulation of points during the course of the semester. Each assignment awards a certain number of points. The points for each assignment are then added together and the resulting sum is compared to the grade scale below. Since the total number of points will not be known until the end of the semester, the student can estimate how they are doing by dividing their accumulated points by the total points available to that point in the semester. The resulting percentage is an indicator or success or failure. The instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses.
100 points.....Written Work (journal & critique)
200 points.....Exams (midterm & final)
100 points.....Exercise 1
100 points.....Greek Messenger Speech
100 points.....Shakespeare Scene
1000 Total Points
A.....900 or more points
F.....599 or less
Attendance is MANDATORY!! I do understand life, however, so everyone is allowed one “mental health” day each semester. Use it well. We have a substantial amount of material to cover and a limited amount of time. Each day we will be covering or presenting NEW material, and very often it is material that will require the assistance of a partner. You will receive a ten-point grade deduction off of your final grade for your second absence. Each subsequent unexcused absence will deduct twenty points from your final average. The only exceptions to this policy are school sponsored events or documented extreme cases (like the zombie apocalypse.)
Role will be taken at the beginning of each class. Each student is allowed ONE tardy (not to exceed 5 min) with no deduction during the semester. After the first tardy, if a student is not present at the time role is taken they are marked absent.