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To gain a foundation in analyzing, reading, interpreting, and discussing theatre text
To provide an opportunity for online students to explore the discipline and time management skills required to learn a monologue.
To provide students with a knowledge of and appreciation for related Fine and Performing Arts disciplines and how they are integrated into the practice of theatre.
As you prepare to learn your Memorize Poem selection, please take a moment to view a video offering tips on how to learn lines.
‘Poems To Learn By Heart’: The Merits Of Memorizing Verse Please listen to ‘Poems To Learn By Heart’: The Merits Of Memorizing Verse featuring Caroline Kennedy via NPR News.
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After listening to ‘Poems To Learn By Heart’: The Merits Of Memorizing Verse, please answer the questions below via Blackboard. Please remember to move from the “general” to the “specific.” Note: Please include quotes from the interviewees as well as the exact locations in the NPR audio in which you have cited. e.g. 20:46 - 21:16.
1. According to the discussion, why does Caroline Kennedy have a positive association with poetry?
2. Please name two poems mentioned in the interview.
3. According to Caroline Kennedy, is learning to memorize poems effective for children and adults? Why or why not?
4. After listening to the interview, please list two points from the interview (that is not listed in your discussion above) that resonated with you. Please support your conclusions.
5. Has Caroline Kennedy received negative feedback from the poems she elected to include? Why or why not?
6. Have you memorized a poem, scene, play, etc. in the past? If yes, please provide specific examples.
Note: During the interview, Caroline Kennedy stated over 375,000 young people were reciting poems in the United States. Per your interest, visit the official website of Poetry Outloud: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/
To ensure you receive full credit for your correspondence, please make certain to number the questions before providing your answer responses.
Spur of the Moment
1. Peruse the short Script Analysis Slide Share below.
2. Next, as an introduction to our acting unit, please watch the Twilight Zone episode: Spur of the Moment embedded below.
3. Finally, please take the quiz Spur of the Moment posted via Blackboard.
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Actors are expected to learn their character’s lines verbatim for a 90-second audition, 10-minute play, one-act play, two-act play, or three-act play. Depending on the play and the character, an actor can have quite a bit of lines to learn in a short period. For a peek into the process of learning lines, take a moment to learn a short poem.
Please visit the provided link, (or visit the assignment instructions via Module 4) and learn the poem Death, Be Not Proud by John Donne. Note: the memorized poem will be uploaded by video submission via Blackboard on Friday, September 22nd at 10 pm. Uploading and recording instructions are provided below.
Note: The graded memorized selection will come directly from the link above. For your convenience, I have also posted the poem below.
After learning the poem, please click to record and submit your memorized poem. If you experience difficulty, please copy and paste the link below directly into your browser.
1. Record and Submit your Memorized Poem --
2. Please look directly into the camera and state your name.
3. Next, recite your poem.
Note: You will NOT be graded on performance. You will be graded on the verbatim presentation of the poem. Adding or subtracting words or phrases will result in deductions. Inaudible responses will also lead to a deduction. Please make certain to articulate and speak loud and clearly. A microphone is required. Please make certain to be well lit. Darkened rooms in which it is difficult to see you will result in an Incomplete.
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