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Nov 16

[A/B] The Human Condition (Part II)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

This week your children finished working on his/her dramatic/duo interpretation.These speeches are interpretive pieces of movies, literature, or poetry. Through these pieces, each child will communicate some aspect of the human condition, and in order to do this, every student will have to use his/her vocal variety and nonverbal communication to ensure the audience both understands and experiences the piece.​As we begin the speeches, children will now be introduced to the group dynamics of speech and debate.…

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Nov 08

[A/B] The Human Condition: Interpreting with Everything

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

The telling of a good story takes more than astounding, descriptive details - it requires the speaker to "throw" his/her entire being into the story - heart, soul, voice, purposeful movement, essential eye contact, etcetera. Your children have are practicing and preparing in order to do just this: throw their whole being into an interpretive speech.Last week most students completed their first original oratory, and in an effort to further improve stage presence, your children have selected a fictive work - literature, poetry, or film - in order to recreate the piece through their own interpretive lens and abilities.It is worth sharing the dramatic/duo pieces that have been used in preparation for this task:​ The Help The Wizard of Hip Part I / The Wizard of Hip Part IIAn Original Masterpiece As the above examples demonstrate, these speeches provide more than merely opportunities to improve in stage presence - these speeches allow us to improve as people who tap into a deeper part of humanity in order to tell it and show it to others.…

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Oct 11

[P.1] Unlocking Academic Excellence Through Scary Stories

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Students have recently completed their Organized Speech in which they shared stories of their past, visions of their future, or wisdom for today.This week we not only completed our Organized Speeches, we also began a unit in story telling. Although I am not a big Halloween person, I do enjoy a good scary story (especially around a campfire).In the spirit of the classic campfire-scary-story, students will unlock their story telling talents.In preparation for this, we have studied various dramatic interpretation and duo interpretation pieces.…

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