Advanced Drama

Syllabus 2017 - 2018

Deer Creek High School


INSTRUCTOR:  Matt Cheek               CLASSROOM:  PAAC Auditorium

PLAN:  1st Period (8:00-8:50)           PHONE:  (405)348-5720

FAX:  (405) 359-5719                        EMAIL:



Course Description:

Advanced Drama is a class designed to enhance a student’s understanding and abilities in the area of drama. Students will gain experience and knowledge through classroom exercises and activities, as well as through practical applications in live theatrical productions.


Course Objectives:

Students will undertake various roles in the theatrical process.

Students will develop an understanding and appreciation for different types of drama.

Students will develop a mastery of different techniques used in character and script analysis and development.

Students will prepare selections for professional and academic auditions.

Students will actively participate in school and community productions.

Students will learn to appropriately evaluate and critique theatrical productions.



            Pocket Folder or Binder

            Loose-leaf Notebook Paper

            Pens or Pencils



Course Work:

Participation/Performance - Advanced Drama is a participation course. Much of the time in class will be dedicated to rehearsing and preparing for performances, and regular attendance and participation in class is required. Students will be graded on their effort and commitment to class projects and exercises. Some outside research and study will be required as well as some after school and weekend rehearsals and performances.

Performance Pieces – Students will be required to choose, rehearse, and perform several different dramatic pieces. (At least one per quarter.) Pieces will be of different types including monologues, duets, and dramatic readings. Scene performances at the end of each semester will count as semester exams.

Production Evaluations - Written production evaluations will be required for two productions each semester.

Extra Credit – Opportunities for extra credit will be assigned periodically throughout the semester.


Late Work:

To receive full credit, all written work must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  Late written assignments will be accepted for half credit and must be turned in by the beginning of class on the day after they were due. Assignments will not be accepted more than one day after their due date. Assignments that are missed because of excused absences and school activities must be turned in on the day that the student returns to class.  Class participation grades cannot be made up except in the case of excused absences or school activities.


Grade Breakdown:

            Participation                           60% of Total Grade

            Performance Pieces                20% of Total Grade

            Production Evaluations           10% of Total Grade

            Semester Final                                   10% of Total Semester Grade


Classroom Expectations:

Come to class on time and prepared to participate and to learn. Bring all of the materials you will need for class. This includes pen or pencil, paper, scripts, and books.


Be respectful of your teacher and your peers. You are expected to be quiet, awake, and attentive during class. Talking or sleeping during lectures, videos, presentations, or performances is not acceptable. Making fun or belittling of classmates will not be tolerated. Be supportive of your peers’ efforts.


No food or drink is allowed in the Auditorium.

Electronic devices of any kind are not permitted in class.

Cell phones must be turned off and put away out of sight during class.


Academic Dishonesty Policy:

In order to sustain a community of trust in which students and teachers can work together to develop their educational potential and goals, ethical standards of honesty are expected so that all students may compete fairly in the classroom to earn their academic standing through their own efforts. Violations of the honor code include lying, cheating, or stealing. Acts of cheating are defined as follows:

1. Willfully copying or allowing class assignments to be copied.

2.    Falsely presenting other’s work as his/her own work.

3. Using notes or any other prompts to assist in answering test questions, unless allowed by the teacher.

4. Acquiring answers to test questions or homework by looking at any other students’ papers.

5. Being informed, or informing verbally or otherwise, of test questions or answers either during or prior to the testing situation, as well as answers to homework assignments for which you are given.

6. Plagiarizing someone else’s words or ideas.

7. Use of on-line resources to assist with homework, class assignments, quizzes, or tests is prohibited unless approved and allowed by the teacher.

A student who has been found to have violated the community of trust as expressed in the honor code will receive no credit (a zero) for the assignment on which the violation occurred, and his/her parent will be informed. Any student violating the academic honor code will lose semester test exemption status in all classes and recommendation for denial or dismissal from National Honor Society. Additional consequences may be added at the discretion of school personnel.