"Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I will remember.
Involve me and I will understand."
Drama Classes at Cameron Middle School focus on participation and effort. The goal isn't to create the next great award winning actor, it is to create people who are willing to participate and try something new.
The center of the Drama Curriculum at Cameron Middle School is Communication. Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. Drama classes provide the practical aspects of Communication so necessary in today's increasingly information-centered and technology-centered world. Students in Drama are required to have self control and follow the rules. They will learn to work together, and find the best way for each member of a group to contribute and to listen to and accept the viewpoints and contributions of others. Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work in a 21st Centrury World where businesses are are increasingly looking for staff who are team-oriented.
Drama classes also help students develop tolerance and empathy. A Drama student will study how the world looks through another person's eyes. This does not mean a student must agree with another persepective but understanding that there are other perspectives and that our Framingham, and Cameron Middle School, Communty is filled with diverse perpectives. Drama classes can help build responsible global citizens.
6th Grade Drama Classes introduce students to the exciting world of Drama in 10 fast paced classes. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge based in Theatre Etiquette, Stage Basics, Mask Making, Puppetry, Improvisation and more, while reflecting on their work through self-reflection and peer observation.
7th Grade Drama Classes build ensemble within a class and encourage students to take risks and step outside their comfort zone, while always reinforcing that the lessons learned in Drama class can be used in other aspects of their life. In this semester long course students are introduced to Storytelling, Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication, Dramatic Structure, Improvisation and Musical Theater.
8th Grade Drama Classes take on a new element of Drama, Presentations. Throughout the trimenster long course students gain presentation skills through a variety presentations, starting with telling a joke, sharing a family tradition, writing a monologue about overcoming an obstacle, a group theatrical design presentation and finishing off the class with an essay about someone who inspires them. Students will reflect on their work through writing, peer critiques, and in class discussions.