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PSawyer AATE 2015 Presentation - Spoken Word in the High School Classroom

  1. 1. Free Powerpoint Templates Spoken Word in the High School Classroom Mining the Minor's Mind Paul Sawyer Sacred Heart Schools – Atherton, California Originally presented at the American Alliance for Theatre & Education National Conference in Milwaukee, WI, 8/8/2015 © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  2. 2. Free Powerpoint Templates Question of the Day • If you could meet ANYONE… • Living or Dead… • Real Or Fictional… …who would it be? © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  3. 3. Free Powerpoint Templates Goals in the first six weeks… • Surveyed 150 teachers • Stage comfort/presence • Sense of play • Character • Relationship • Independently create • Creative curiosity • Physical awareness • Connecting to audience • Objective/Tactic/Obstacle • Class ensemble © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  4. 4. Free Powerpoint Templates What Is Slam Poetry? • Marc Smith, 1984 • “The very word 'poetry' repels people. Why is that? Because of what schools have done to it. The slam gives it back to the people.... We need people to talk poetry to each other. That's how we communicate our values, our hearts, the things that we've learned that make us who we are.” • Smithsonian Magazine, 1992 © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  5. 5. Free Powerpoint Templates What Is Slam Poetry? • Format • Three minutes long • No music, props or costumes • All-original work • Poet is the performer • Sample Playlist (some discretion advised) © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  6. 6. Free Powerpoint Templates Design of Sequence • Personal Museum • Creation of Poetic Text • Workshopping Poems • Performance of Poems • Personal Reflection/Audience Reaction © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  7. 7. Free Powerpoint Templates PERSONAL MUSEUMS “What moves you?” © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  8. 8. Free Powerpoint Templates Starting to Dig • Think of five things that… • Truly move you • Are at the core of who you are • Are irreplaceable • Make up your personal identity What is one of your five things? © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  9. 9. Free Powerpoint Templates Creating Your Museum • Pick five items of supreme significance • Represent them artistically • No more than one from any art form • Compile them into a 90-120 second film © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
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  11. 11. Free Powerpoint Templates Example © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  12. 12. Free Powerpoint Templates Can you guess who this is? © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  13. 13. Free Powerpoint Templates Harry Potter • Family • Fate/Destiny • Magic • Owls/Flight • Friends © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  14. 14. Free Powerpoint Templates Personal Museum Examples • Example One • Example Two • Example Three • Example Four • Example Five © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  15. 15. Free Powerpoint Templates Bridge to Creating Poetry • Identifying themes • Understanding yourself as a character • Language • Style © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  16. 16. Free Powerpoint Templates CREATING SLAM POETRY From concept to text… © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  17. 17. Free Powerpoint Templates What themes might you see in your own classroom? © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  18. 18. Free Powerpoint Templates Exploring Theme • Identifying themes • Expectations of Peers • Love of Family • Social Justice • Transitional Identity • Faith/Religion • Private Trauma • Cathartic Outlets • Mental Illness © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  19. 19. Free Powerpoint Templates Creating Text • Checklist • Who are you? • What are you trying to say? • Who are you talking to? • Where/when are you talking to them? • Style: Verse or prose? © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  20. 20. Free Powerpoint Templates CREATING TEXT Personal Approach discussion © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  21. 21. Free Powerpoint Templates Workshopping • Semi-anchored performance • Focus on scoring • Verbs • Building structure • Arc of the piece © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  22. 22. Free Powerpoint Templates Workshopping • Common issues • Memorization • Lack of vocal variety • Reading versus Performance • Flat physicality • Similar to other scripted work • Easier since the text is their own © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  23. 23. Free Powerpoint Templates Poet Response to Performance • Immersion • Satisfaction • Areas to work • Moments of complete connection • Reading the audience © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  24. 24. Free Powerpoint Templates Slam in Drama Curriculum • Class progression • Personal Museums/Slam Poetry • Improvisation • One Word Scenes • Monologues • Group Scene Study • Self-Produced Performances © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  25. 25. Free Powerpoint Templates Class Learning Objectives • Identifying a character’s journey • Finding personal voice • Confidence on stage • Use of verbs/scoring • Physical/vocal technique • Utilization of text • Memorization • Building an artistic community • Director/Actor dynamic • Workshopping/Rehearsal process • Aristotle’s Six Areas © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  26. 26. Free Powerpoint Templates National Core Arts Standards © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  27. 27. Free Powerpoint Templates Conclusions • Safe way for beginning exploration • First text is their own • Discover the “class personality” • Find baseline of class/individual skill-set • Explore catharsis of theatre VS other classes • Build trust and personal connection © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  28. 28. Free Powerpoint Templates OPEN Q&A SESSION © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  29. 29. Free Powerpoint Templates Special Thanks • Sacred Heart Schools - Atherton • SHP Drama Boosters • American Alliance for Theatre & Education • Rachel Prouty • Stacey Ardelean • Marc Pinate • Nicole & Jackson Sawyer © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  30. 30. Free Powerpoint Templates Special Thanks • Ted & Judy Buszkiewicz • Susan & Paul Jordan • Siobhan Thompson • T.B. • A.S. © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY
  31. 31. Free Powerpoint Templates Contact Information • Paul Sawyer • Psawyer@shschools.org • www.shschools.org © Paul Sawyer - 2015 - FOR PRVATE USE ONLY

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