Salem academy curriculum guide

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The student will:

  • Gain knowledge in various technical aspects of theater

  • Learn directing and blocking skills for one-act plays or scenes

  • Discuss and communicate other student projects in class

  • Analyze and review two play performances

  • Gain hands-on learning through working on a main stage play

  • Advance in acting abilities through class exercises


  • One-act play or Student Directed Scenes

    • Read through play or scenes

    • Cast actors

    • Block play or scene

    • Rehearse

    • Pull costumes

    • Pull props

    • Construct set pieces

    • Perform play or scene

  • Costume Design

    • Read a scene

    • Choose two characters

    • Choose time period

    • Research clothing

    • Create sketches

    • Collect swatches

    • Create finished color rendering

  • Set Design

    • Read one-act

    • Discuss set ideas

    • Draw floor plan

    • Draw Perspective drawing

    • Create finished color rendering

    • Collect materials

    • Build miniature set with complete furnishings

  • Lighting Design

    • Read one-act

    • Learn about instruments

    • Discuss gels and gobos

    • Work with lighting plots

    • Design lighting plot for play

  • Mask Making

    • Learn about masks

    • Design mask on paper

    • Partners attached plaster to faces

    • Cut and trim, paint base

    • Decorate and attach ribbons

    • Use masks in mask mime exercise

  • Makeup Techniques

    • Learn about makeup

    • Standard makeup

    • Fantasy

    • Horror

    • Animals

    • Clowns

    • Old age

  • Directing

    • Discuss blocking

    • Prompt books

    • View movement

    • Direct a scene

    • Discuss and analyze

  • Radio Drama

- Listen to radio dramas

    • Learn radio techniques

    • Read play

    • Cast roles

    • Assign sound effects

    • Discover how to make sounds

    • Rehearse

    • Record on to a CD

  • Shakespeare Workshop

    • Discuss Shakespeare techniques

    • Watch actors in Shakespeare plays on video

    • Read scenes

    • Develop characters

    • Put lines in modern language

    • Rehearse original language

    • Perform and discuss in class

  • Monologue Workshop

    • How to chose a monologue

    • Introducing yourself

    • Movement

    • Character

    • Rehearse

    • Memorize

    • Perform

    • Class discussion

  • Class Exercises

    • Warm-ups

    • Improvisations

    • Diction

    • Projection

    • Externals

    • Characters

  • Acting For Film

    • Warm-ups

    • Reactions

    • Behind the camera

    • Less is more

  • Playwriting

    • Gather ideas

    • Improvisation

    • Dialogue

    • Perform finished scenes


Class exercises and techniques are approached through hands-on training and research resources. Students gain knowledge from books, and Internet facts along with the teacher, and incorporate this information into projects that they use. Students communicate with each other through class discussions, and by viewing themselves on video. Design projects are often accomplished as a team. Students learn by creating a design for the technical workshops, and then creating a finished project form these designs. Acting techniques are created in class with all students participating in physical exercises to develop skills.


Students are evaluated by their performance through class discussions and feedback from the teacher and the other students, written assignments, memorization and completed projects for display.


Corson, Richard. Stage Makeup. Prentice-Hall

Grandstaff, Russell J. Acting & Directing. National Textbook Company.

Morton, Grace Margaret. The Arts of Costume and Personal Appearance. Univ. of Neb. Found.

Kerr, and Lester. Historic Costume. Chas. A. Bennett Co., Inc.

Carter, Paul. Backstage Forms. Broadway Press.

Taylor, and Wells. The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Oxford Press.

Aronson, Arnold. American Set Design. Theatre Communications Group, Inc.

Dean, Alexander & Carra, Lawrence. Fundamentals of Play Directing. Carnegie-Mellon Univ.

Keller, Betty. Improvisations in Creative Drama. Meriwether Publishing Ltd.

Various scenes and one-act scripts

Haring-Smith, Tori. Scenes for Women by Women. Heinemann

Pomerance, Susan. For Women Monologues They Haven’t Heard. Dramaline Publications.

Levy, Maya. Acting Scenes and Monologs for Young Women. Meriwether Publishing Ltd.

Eaton, Rebecca (Producer) Film in the Classroom. Masterpiece Theatre publication.

Salem Academy Curriculum Guide

Theatrix Full-year course


Theatrix is an advanced theater class that introduces students to audition preparations that can be used with the specific desire to practice acting as a career. Theatrix gives the students a chance to study acting unions, work on resumes, prepare audition materials, and to work with a specific style of acting designed by David Mamet. The class meets on an individual basis once a week for a full class period


The student will:

  • Read chapters from the textbook and be able to perform exercises, and to discuss the chapters with the instructor.

  • Keep a journal on text chapters and observations.

  • Turn in two research papers, one due each semester, on topics given by the instructor.

  • Perform, analyze, and rehearse monologues and scenes or display technical theatre designs.

  • Complete a prepared typed acting resume.

  • Audition for each main stage production.

  • Work backstage or perform for each main stage production.

  • Create visual and written materials for acting exercises.


  • Textbook Chapters

    • Analyzing a Scene

    • The Truth of the Moment

    • Externals

    • Preparing for a Scene

    • Physical Action

    • Troubleshooting

    • The Tools of the Craft

    • The Emotional Trap

    • The Myth of Character

    • Keeping the Theatre Clean

  • Vocal Work

    • Tongue Twisters

    • Vocal Ladder

    • Breath Control

    • Projection

    • Inflection

  • Monologues

    • Introducing Yourself

    • Movement

    • Character

    • Presentation

    • Choosing a Monologue

    • Timing

    • Perform/Critique

  • Shakespeare

    • Contrasting Monologues

    • The Language

    • Characters

    • Diction

    • Perform in Competition

  • Object Exercises

    • Externals

    • Auditory Imagination

    • Character Collage

    • Improve Character Monologue

    • Emotions

    • Tricks of the Trade

  • Research Paper

    • Actor’s Unions and How They Work

    • Paper Presentation

    • An Actor’s Pathway to Success

    • Paper Presentation

  • Auditioning Techniques

    • Resume

    • Head Shots

    • Audition Styles

    • Tips


The class is approached with the intention of reaching a higher level of understanding and performance in theater. The class will work on theatrical performance, analyzing, rehearsing and performing monologues, research papers and discussions on theatrical agencies, unions and renowned actors, and completed resumes and audition pieces will be accomplished. Excerpts from theatrical texts will also be required as reading material for discussion and exercises. Students will view videos on acting performances and use the internet and nearby media centers to obtain monologues and other performance materials.


Students are evaluated by their performance on journal entries, research papers, class exercises, homework character assignments, memorization, and class participation.


Bruder, Melissa/Cohn, Lee Michael/Olnek, Madeleine/Pollack, Nathaniel/Previto, Robert/Zigler, Scott. A Practical Handbook For The Actor. Vintage Books A division of Random House.

Craig, David. On Performing. McGraw-Hill Book Company.

Shurtliff, Michael. Audition. Bantam Books.

Spolin, Viola. Improvisation for the Theater Third Edition. Northwestern University Press.

Dodding, Jim. Handouts and Exercises.

Dramatics magazine. Educational Theatre Association for students and teachers of the performing arts.

Teaching Theatre magazine. Educational Theatre Association.

Salem Academy Curriculum Guide

Freshman Health Full-year course


The health program is designed to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to live a healthy lifestyle and select healthy and safe behaviors. Through health literacy, self-management skills, and health promotion, health education teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health and wellness, and guides efforts to building healthy families, relationships, individuals, and communities. This is a required course along with Freshman Physical Education.


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
·  Define wellness.
·  List factors that influence health behavior change decisions.
·  Describe characteristics of an emotionally healthy person.
·  Recognize and assess the distress in his/her own life and identify strategies for managing stress.
·  Identify the behaviors and beliefs of sexually mature individuals.
·  Define addiction and identify the stages of addiction.
·  Identify the components of a healthful diet and evaluate his/her own diet.
·  List the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and multiple types of cancer.
·  Name, describe, and give examples of factors that contribute to the disease process.


  • alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention education

  • mental health education

  • social health education

  • nutrition education

  • exercise and lifelong fitness

  • personal and community health and safety

  • lifetime survival skills

  • health and lifestyle

  • first aid

  • disease and the human body

  • human development


Through reading, observation, discussion, and actions students learn to locate information and assess its reliability, make reasoned decisions based on accurate information, and apply their knowledge to their own health and safety.


Class objectives will be obtained through multiple methods; group work, journal writing, class discussions, notebooks, class participation, and other performance indicators.


Pruitt, Allegrante, Prothrow-Stith. Health. Prentice Hall.

Salem Academy Curriculum Guide

Physical Education Grades 9-11 Full-year course


The mission of Salem Academy is to foster the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical growth of young woman. The purpose of physical education is to expose the students to a basic understanding of fitness and exercise through participation in lifetime and team sports. Freshmen are required to take physical education 2 days per week. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to complete 1 1/2 credits to meet graduation standards.


The student will be able

  • To expose students to a variety of sports and physical activities.

  • To learn and improve a variety sports and physical skills.

  • To have the opportunity to learn a variety of games, strategies and rules.

  • To improve overall performance and promote a healthy lifestyle.

  • To demonstrate good sportsmanship and cooperation in all activities.


Individual Sports Team Sports

self-defense water polo

tennis volleyball

golf field hockey

archery speedball

aerobics team handball

badminton floor hockey

weight lifting lacrosse

swimming football

tumbling indoor soccer

fencing basketball

pilates cricket




    • The students will be prompt to class.

    • The students will dress appropriately in clothes that are comfortable and allow movement. Proper shoes are required for participation.

    • Participation - Students will be graded on their participation in the class.

    • Teamwork – Students will be expected to participate in team activities

    • Cooperation – Students are expected to cooperate with teacher and classmates.

    • Hard work and effort – Students will be graded on the ability to put forth a maximal effort and demonstrate a strong work ethic.

    • Skills test

    • Written test on rules and strategies
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