As a mini design task in Drama, we have created an inspiration collage on a piece of paper describing our own personal rooms that we live in. We have taken bits and pieces of used and recycled old magazines to describe the emotions and the atmosphere that the room creates, as well as things that represent my room.
Drama Journal 1 :
For the past two weeks of class, we have started working on how relationships and roles and status work in Drama. Relationships, are not only the love relationships we have, as what we normally think of when the word “relationship” is mentioned. They aren’t only that, but they are also an extremely important aspect of life. Relationships are something we cannot live without, and is the definition of what makes us who we are. For example : lovers, parents and child, siblings, friends, teacher and student, teammates, colleagues, and celebrities and fans. The reason why you are who you are right now, is 100% because of the relationships that you have with your surrounding people, and how the relationships are between the people you are surrounded with.
Roles are who you are, and your position in the skit of which you’ve mentally and physically dedicated yourself to be as. A role doesn’t necessarily have to be a human. It can be a thing, or an animal. For example if you are doing a skit where a bench, is not getting along with an elderly. In this case, the bench is not only a thing, but it is a character that has developed a role. Another example is a pet dog and it’s owner. It doesn’t matter if the dog talks or not. It is still a living thing, that has a relationship with it’s owner. This is when status comes in. The status of someone, is the level of highness in society. If you are an employee at chipotle, you have a lower status than the boss, because you have less control over what you want to do. We have done a couple of activities where we have to choose the person with the lower status, and the one with the higher status in a pair. The lower person did not have any control over what he/she was doing, as opposed to the higher person who got to tell the lower person to do anything he/she wanted him/her to do. The Lower person could not argue, and had to complete the request given by the higher person.
My personal barrier that keeps me from being a public speaker, is how clear I pronounce various words in the script. I have a tendency of mispronouncing words when it comes to actual presentations, although I could say it perfectly clearly during practices. This is due to how nervous I am. Although I could not find a remedy to completely stop my mispronunciations, there are some things I could try to decrease the possibilities of it occurring. Breathing in and out deeply and slowly, thinking positive about the outcomes, and try to focus on whatever I am about to do so I don’t go off track. From my own perspective, this barrier is a mental barrier. This is because my physical outcomes all depend on my mental state.
I felt as though I did well on giving good reasons to support my statement. I gave three clear reasons that make sense, and I think that this has raised the persuasiveness of my speech. I also felt as though I did good on my voice projection. I think that I have spoke in a balanced volume (not too loud, but not too soft).
I think that I could have improved on where I’m looking. I could’ve faced the audience more often, instead of looking up, down and sideways. Although this could’ve been because I was trying to figure out what I want to say, and could not concentrate by just standing still, I think that this had been a distraction to the audience. I could also work on talking smoothly, and not getting stuck on words.
An example of how I could use a persuasive speech in my current life, is when I ask my parents to get me something. For example if I wanted a gaming console, I would write a semi-formal persuasive speech with productive and appropriate reasons to support why I want and need a gaming console. An example of how I could use a persuasive speech in the future, is when you are asking your boss at work to give you permission to do a certain thing. I would use formal language.
I think that learning how to prepare a speech is a very useful lifeskill. Being able to present a speech, is a proper form that make sense will effect how the audience feels about you and how the message transfers to the audience’s mind. A good speech can emotionally move someone, and even change their mind and life.
We 6th grade watched a video of the dancing scene in “Singing the rain” of a famous acter/dancer Gene Kelly.
First, I thought how the camera goes closer to the two people was pretty interesting, because they start normal, and walk up closer to see what there doing(0:00-0:12).
The interesting thing that Gene Kelly did was, he used his umbrella as a rain proof tool and a dancing tool. I think he did a good job combining the movements of the umbrella and tapdancing while he talkes to the people who passes by. He used allot of roads, poles, and all kinds of spaces to dance and run around.
I think the Tap dancing was part of how it can effect the viewers, as well as the umbrella.