Course Syllabus

Acting IV Learning Goals

Grades 11-12

Essential Questions:


Skills/Learning Goals







  • What do older genres of plays tell us about the world?
  • Why is it important to study plays of different eras?
  • How do we make connections between the older works and our world today?

  • It is important to study various genres of plays in order to have a better understanding of the past.
  • It is fun to explore how to draw from elements  of our acting craft that we may not have tapped into

Students will be able to:

  • Research and describe the history of Elizabethan Theatre and Comedy of Manners.
  • Synthesize vocal and physical changes based on analysis of the texts
  • Analyze scripts in order to find clues to character based on knowledge of these classical times and the play structure
  • Synthesize rehearsal and personal work in order to create a fully realized classical theatre performance



  • How does stage acting and film acting differ in clarity?
  • How do you create realism in imaginary circumstances?
  • If it’s not on stage and different with each performance is film still the craft of acting?
  • Both film and stage acting translate meaning effectively when executed correctly.
  • Film requires different skills from stage acting

Students will be able to:

  • Perform scenes from film
  • Compare and contrast acting on camera vs. the stage
  • Exhibit an understanding of when to use which presentation style
  • Use te ability to be committed to and sustain a caracter within a role while meeting the demands of filming

UNIT- 2 


  • How do Directors mount a production?

  • What are the qualities of a good director?

  • How does a director cultivate a vision and communicate among a cast a crew?
  • There are many necessary components to putting a production together.

(Set design, costuming, technical design and application, script analysis, audition possess, blocking, casting, rehearsal, critique) 

  • A Director must be the bridge between the cast and crew.

  • A Director must be able to share a vision and know what they want while allowing the actors room to explore and create as well. 

Students will be able to:

  • Design the set, costuming and other tech for a one act play
  • Research and anaylze a one act play for style, dominant dramatic value and casting
  • Create blocking based on clues discovered in the play
  • Create and maintain a professional director’s notebook
  • Produce and then perform a play at the Acting 4 One Act festival
  • Critique and discuss for peer feedback all the shows in the Senior One Act Festival




  • What is social justice? And what does it mean to you?
  • Through what lens can I look at an issue?
  • What are the principals of collaborative theatre work?
  • How might privilege be used to support/voice/bring awareness to an issue? a. Privilege. b. Equality vs Equity.
  • What are the essentials of storytelling?

  • Social justice theatre is theatre that provokes in the audience an empathetic response to characters suffering various forms of injustice.

  • Theatre can be used as a vessel to educate an audience. 

  • Social Justice Theatre is design to give the audience a lens upon which to see our world. 

Students will be able to:

  • Choose topics that are important to them and examine how to dissect the topic in a dramatic way. 
  • Research and discuss the problems that are present and create questions and brainstorm options for change.
  • Work within the greater community to elicit questions and concerns to explore through theatre. 




  • How is working on a production like being part of a team?
  • How do we work together to choose content that we all want to explore.
  • Can we work together to share the duties of producing a class performance?

  • Putting it all together is a great end of the High School Acting experience Activity.
  • Putting a show together is a culmination of all learned skills

Students will be able to:

  • Collaborate to create a final project that they can all feel proud of.
  • Work together to synthesize all of their cumulative skills .

Course Summary:

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