Drama in Stage 6
HSC Drama Course Prescriptions 2010 - 2012: teacher's notes
These materials supported the HSC Drama Prescriptions workshop series conducted by Curriculum K-12 in 2008 and 2009. Teachers will find the materials useful for designing practical classroom investigations of the topics and texts as well as written activities. Click HERE to access these new resources.
HSC Marking & Assessment Videconference: The Drama Written Examination
In Term 2 2010 the Curriculum Directorate K-12 at the NSW Department of Education and Training provided a series of state wide videoconferences for HSC teachers that focussed on HSC marking and assessment in Drama. These videoconferences provided teachers with points of reference about recent changes to internal assessment for HSC Drama and advice about supporting students in their preparations for the HSC Written Examination. ACCESS THE PRESENTATION HERE.
Resources for Stage 6 drama
Programming Stage 6 drama
This document provides three different approaches to programming drama in the Preliminary and HSC Courses
Programming the HSC Drama Syllabus (pdf - 26 KB)
In order to teach the HSC Drama course effectively, teachers must take time to plan their teaching and assessment programs to meet the needs of their school, their students and their own areas of interest and expertise. This article will make some suggestions that may assist in the development of a program for the HSC drama course.
Assessing Stage 6 drama
Designing an assessment program (pdf - 24 KB)
Teachers should be familiar with the relationship between outcomes and content in their subject area. The table provided in this article illustrates a sample format for an HSC drama assessment program.
Sample Stage 6 assessment task for drama (pdf - 29 KB)
In this task students explore and present a selected theatrical form or performance style, using a workshop that will include performance examples.
Scriptwriting in drama
Scriptwriting in drama (pdf - 31 KB)
One of the most popular individual projects at HSC level is scriptwriting. However, there are several important skills that students must develop if they are to write for the stage in a clear and theatrical way. Students will need some assistance in Years 7 to 11 if they are to develop their skills adequately to meet the challenge of the scriptwriting course in Year 12. The following guide outlines one approach to assist students in the process.
Practical approaches to playtexts
Practical approaches to playtexts (pdf - 71 KB)
This is basically a list and description of some practical activities that can be used to study playtexts in the topic areas in a way that ensures that studying each topic develops awareness of the elements of performance and production and the social, cultural and theatrical context.
The drama essay
The drama essay (pdf - 37 KB)
In the HSC students are called upon to make links in their written responses between practice and reflection. In this article we suggest an approach to essay writing which supports all areas of the HSC that rely on written reflection. In drama you can also assist students by providing a bridge from experiential activities to written responses. These skills in reflection and experiential understanding of the theatricality of dramatic practice need to be developed in drama students' written responses from Stage 4 and 5, in preparation for Stage 6.
Annotated bibliography for drama teachers
The following document is a resource to support drama teaching in Stage 6. Year 11 Drama teachers will find the list particularly useful when preparing a teaching program and selecting texts for the preliminary drama course.
The reviews in this document are designed to assist Stage 6 drama teachers select current teaching resources and scripts for performance. They can help expand choices for teachers who are looking for interesting, culturally appropriate scripts and resources.
Contemporary Australian scripts have been evaluated for their relevance to the content areas Stage 6 Drama 2 Unit syllabuses. Some scripts also have relevance to School certificate and primary drama classes.
Reviews indicate the suitability of scripts for class or group performance, numbers of performers required, and the potential of scripts for use as individual monologues and performance pieces. This should be especially useful for teachers working with students contemplating the HSC individual project: performance.
Some current teacher and general reference resources to support drama teaching have also been reviewed.