NATURE OF THE COURSE: This class is the study of literature through the medium of oral performance, where the medium is itself a process of defining. The students learn the whole process of performance, from the text in print to the performance product; from performance theory to criticism. As the school catalog states, our main objective is "the study, analysis and preparation for oral presentation of prose, poetry and dramatic literature. Preparation of material for public audiences." We focus on the development of your appreciation for various forms of literature and the development of your skills in the oral presentation of various types of literature. Of equal importance will be improvement in oral reading, in comprehension, in analysis, and in evaluating your own and other’s performances. This can only be accomplished by your presence in the class room.
OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course you shall be able to do the following. The objectives are split into categories of benchmarks. A proficient student will be able to speak effectively and articulately by demonstrating expression appropriate to the literature, and emote feelings and convey subtext. Secondly, the student will learn how to listen actively to respect differing viewpoints. Another objective met is the ability to think critically. You will learn to use criticism carefully to positively diagnose a performance. The final aim is to realize ethics and human relations in literature and the performance. You will learn that actions are controlled by personal values; they are ethically expressed through performances.
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