• 3RD GRADE MONOLOGUE PERFORMANCE PROJECT

    This semester, 3rd grade students are assigned a project that will conclude the week prior to the Thanksgiving Break with an in class performance of a character monologue (a scene, story or speech told by a single character).  All of the details and materials needed for the project can be found on Mr. Whatley’s teacher webpage under the heading “Third Grade Monologue Project” at https://www.marionschools.net/Domain/13724

    While each step of the project process has a deadline, a student does not have to wait until the final deadline date to complete their work.  Early work is ALWAYS encouraged and accepted.  In fact, work completed and turned in before deadline dates will often result in bonus points for the project.

    Should any student encounter any problems with the project (lost paperwork, not understanding a part of the assignment, lack of or loss of access to the internet outside of school, etc.), it is the RESPONSIBILITY of the student to inform the instructor in an immediate and timely manner.  Any delay or waiting in informing the instructor of a problem can result in a lowering of the project grade.

     

    Copies of the monologue selections, worksheets, explanation of grading, tips on memorizing and other helpful resources can be found and downloaded by clicking on the following links.

     

    LIST OF AVAILABLE PROJECT MONOLOGUES

    MONOLOGUE PROJECT WORKSHEET

    SAMPLE MONOLOGUE WORKSHEET

    HOW TO MEMORIZE (POWER POINT PRESENTATION)

    HOW TO MEMORIZE (PDF VERSION)

    PROJECT GRADING EXPLAINED (POWER POINT PRESENTATION)

     

    Now, here is a brief summary of the project.

     

    • SELECTION OF MATERIAL: Students must select their performance material from the monologues approved by the instructor.  Students MAY NOT write their own material for performance.  Students will be given an opportunity in class to view and select material the week of October 1-5.  Students may also go on line to Mr. Whatley’s webpage.  Students must have material selected no later than Thursday, October 11.  If they have not selected a performance piece by that date, one will be assigned to them for performance.

     

    Students may print their own copy(s) of their selected monologue directly from the website, or they may request a copy from Mr. Whatley.  They may also request a copy through e-mail from Mr. Whatley at Thomas.whatley@marion.k12.fl.us and a copy will be sent to them.

     

    Since we will be spending time in class working on and rehearsing selected monologues, beginning on October 15, students will be required to bring a copy of their monologue to Drama class until they have completed the project. Failure to do so will be considered as “coming to class unprepared” and their grade will be affected.

     

    Selection Deadlines:

    Swope (10/8)     Hotaling (10/9)     Giehl (10/10)     Pruitt (10/11)

     

    • OFF BOOK (MEMORIZED) DEADLINE: Students will need to demonstrate they have met “Off Book” (memorization) requirements of the assignment. Students must have their monologues memorized in their entirety by the deadline date below. There will be a limit of THREE (3) MINOR FLAWS (minor word skips, changed wording or prompts by instructor) OR ONE (1) MAJOR FLAW (Missing of entire lines, complete rewording/reorganizing, unable to complete).  Any more will result in a grade of “not off-book” and their grade will be affected.

     

    Memorization Deadlines:

    Swope (10/29)     Hotaling (10/30)     Giehl (10/31)     Pruitt (11/1)

      

    • MONOLOGUE WORKSHEET: Students will also need to complete a Character Worksheet, which will be handed out during class. Copies may also be obtained online at Mr. Whatley’s teacher webpage under the heading “Third Grade Monologue Project” at https://www.marionschools.net/Domain/13724 .  The worksheet includes questions about the selected material, including: Who is the Character?  What is the Setting?  Who is the character speaking to?  What is the character’s conflict?  What tactics (approach and tone of voice) will the character use to achieve their goal? 

     

    For this worksheet, I like to use the Three Little Pigs as an example when asked, “How much do I need to write?”  The first pig built his house out of straw because it was quicker and required less work.  The third pig built his house out of bricks, even though it took longer and required more work.  The first pig was eaten by the wolf.  The third pig was safe.  Which pig do you want to be?

     

    The worksheet will be due on the same day the student presents their performance to class.

    Final Worksheet Deadlines:

    Swope (11/12)     Hotaling (11/13)     Giehl (11/14)     Pruitt (11/15)

     

    • IN CLASS PERFORMANCE: The project will conclude with an in class performance presentation of the monologue.  Understand, a performance is more than just reciting memorized lines and words.  It requires a student/actor to portray a character. 

     

    Students will be graded according to the following categories: Preparation/Memorization, Concentration, Movement, Articulation and Pace (Clarity of voice), Projection (Volume), Characterization, Believability, Expression, Energy and Poise.

     

    A detailed power point presentation that explains the grading rubric can be found online at Mr. Whatley’s teacher webpage under the heading “Third Grade Monologue Project” at https://www.marionschools.net/Domain/13724

    NO WORKSHEETS OR PERFORMANCES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE THANKSGIVING BREAK.

    Final Performance Deadlines:

    Swope (11/12)     Hotaling (11/13)     Giehl (11/14)     Pruitt (11/15)

     

     

    IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT MR. WHATLEY THROUGH HIS SCHOOL E-MAIL AT

    THOMAS.WHATLEY@MARION.K12.FL.US