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THTR 311/Spring 2012/Chappell/p. 1 THTR 311, Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature Mon/Wed 1:00-2:15 PM, Spring 2012 MH 504 Instructor: Drew Chappell, PhD Office: 131 E Office Hours: by appointment Email: [email protected] Course Objective: Students will practice interpreting literature theatrically, primarily using their voices, with a focus on literature for young people and families. This class is intended for students who will be reading or otherwise presenting literature to young people as a career or a hobby. Course Description: In this course, we will explore multiple methods of interpreting children’s literature through performance. We will begin with basic performance exercises to build confidence and familiarity, and then move into individual and group readings. We will cover a range of children’s literature, including prose, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. We will also discuss various cultural traditions (literary and sociological) from outside the US. Lastly, we will create interpretation programs that students can use in library, school, or community center settings. Required Texts: Gamble, Teri and Gamble, Michael. Oral Interpretation: Bringing Literature to Life Through Performance (bookstore) Course Policies and Procedures: 1. Attendance is vital. A large part of this course is building a community. You may be absent three times without penalty; each absence after three will lower your grade by one half a letter. Three tardies will count as one absence. Absences are excused in cases of religious observances, university activities, or significant personal emergencies. 2. Assignments are due on the day indicated. Late work will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances, and never for full credit. I do no accept emailed or handwritten assignments. If you are absent on a day you are to perform, you will lose the opportunity to perform (and the points for that performance) except in cases of serious illness or other excused absences, in which case a make up performance will be scheduled. 3. I expect the decorum in the class to be respectful and focused. Anyone whose behavior disrupts the successful running of the class will be asked by the instructor to leave, and given an absence for the day. Individuals who disrupt the class repeatedly may be dropped from the class and/or receive a failing grade. Although this class includes time during which you will work in small groups, when I or your classmates are presenting, I expect your full attention and you should expect the same from your classmates. Please dress appropriately for drama work and expect to participate in all activities unless possible for you. In general, your conduct in the class will be factored into your class participation grade.
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THTR 311/Spring 2012/Chappell/p. 2 4. Electronic devices such as cell phones/smart phones, PDAs, and mp3 players are to be kept in the off position after class begins. Portable computers may be used, unless they become a distraction, in which case the instructor reserves the right to prohibit their use.
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