Drama 1

Syllabus 2018 - 2019

Deer Creek High School


INSTRUCTOR:  Matt Cheek         CLASSROOM:  PAAC Drama Classroom

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

FAX:  (405) 359-5719                  EMAIL:


Course Description:

Drama 1 is a class intended to give students an introduction to the basic aspects and components of the live theater. Students will develop an understanding of the theatrical production process and the different jobs involved. Students will gain experience and knowledge through practical classroom exercises and performances as well as through written and group research assignments.


Course Objectives:

Students will develop an understanding and mastery of theatrical terminology.

Students will understand the steps 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 learn to choose, rehearse, and perform scenes in class.

Students will learn to appropriately evaluate and critique theatrical performances.



            Pocket Folder or Binder

            Looseleaf Notebook Paper

            Pens or Pencils



Course Work:

Participation – Drama 1 is a participation course. Regular attendance and participation in class exercises is required. Students will be graded on their effort and commitment to class projects and exercises. In class participation activities will include acting, improvisation, makeup, and technical theater exercises. Some outside research and study will be required.

Scene Work – Students will be required to choose, rehearse, and perform scenes in class. Some of these scene projects will require students to work with a partner. Final performances of these scenes will count as exams in this class.

Script and Character Analysis – Over the course of the year, the class will read the scripts of four plays together in class. Students will be required to complete script and character analysis papers over each script.

Homework and In Class Assignments- Assignments will consist of quizzes, worksheets, technical theater projects, costume/ makeup projects, and film studies.

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.



            Participation                                                   40% of Total Grade

            Performances                                                 30% of Total Grade

            Homework/In Class Assignments                   20% of Total Grade

            Semester Final                                                           10% of Total 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, or presentations is not acceptable. Making fun or belittling of classmates will not be tolerated. Be supportive of your peers’ efforts.


No food is allowed in the classroom. This includes candy and gum. Bottled drinks with lids are allowed. No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.


            Electronic devices of any kind are not permitted in 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.