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Dramatic Wizardry: A Roleplay Quest for the Universe Flower (Ages 8-13)

Students will go on a role-play quest to find the "universe flower" and heal a rift in the dimensions. Inspired by an original story of magic and myth, these 12 classes weave together drama lessons and social emotional strategies.
Iris Imaginoria (Jessica Gray)
479 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 15 learners
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Class
75 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 weeks
8-13
year olds
3-10
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Session One - Character Development
TH:Cr1.1.3a. Create roles, imagined worlds, and improvised stories in a drama/theatre work.
**Social Emotional Standards: 3. Social Awareness - The ability to take the perspective of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and to understand norms for behavior.

Session Two - Starting the Quest/Props & Costumes
TH:Cr1.1.3b. Imagine and articulate ideas for costumes, props and sets for the environment and characters in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Cr1.1.5c. Imagine how a character’s inner thoughts impact the story and given circumstances in a drama/theatre work
**Social Emotional Standards: 5. Responsible Decision Making - The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms and to evaluate the consequences of actions and to consider the safety and well-being of others.

Session Three - The Land of Golden Stones with Soren Stonedragon/Quality of Strength
TH:Cr1.1.4a. Articulate the visual details of imagined worlds, and improvised stories that support the given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.
c. Imagine how a character might move to support the story and given circumstances in a drama/theatre work.
**Social Emotional Standards: 1. Self-Awareness - The ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and to assess one’s strengths and limitations.
2. Self-Management - The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Session Four - Cloud Country with Wendy Windhorse/Quality of Love
TH:Pr4.1.3b. Investigate how movement and voice are incorporated into drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr5.1.4a. Practice selected exercises that can be used in a group setting for drama/theatre work
**Social Emotional Standards: 1. Self-Awareness - The ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and to assess one’s strengths and limitations.
2. Self-Management - The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Session Five - Land of the Sea with Waverly Waverider
TH:Pr4.1.3b. Investigate how movement and voice are incorporated into drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr5.1.4a. Practice selected exercises that can be used in a group setting for drama/theatre work
**Social Emotional Standards: 1. Self-Awareness - The ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and to assess one’s strengths and limitations.
2. Self-Management - The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Session Six - Land of In-Between with Indie Indigogo
TH:Pr4.1.3b. Investigate how movement and voice are incorporated into drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr5.1.4a. Practice selected exercises that can be used in a group setting for drama/theatre work
**Social Emotional Standards: 1. Self-Awareness - The ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and to assess one’s strengths and limitations.
2. Self-Management - The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
3. Social Awareness - The ability to take the perspective of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and to understand norms for behavior.
5. Responsible Decision Making - The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms and to evaluate the consequences of actions and to consider the safety and well-being of others.

Session Seven & Eight - Land of Joy with Felicity & Felix Fantabulous
TH:Pr4.1.3b. Investigate how movement and voice are incorporated into drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr5.1.4a. Practice selected exercises that can be used in a group setting for drama/theatre work
**Social Emotional Standards: 1. Self-Awareness - The ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and to assess one’s strengths and limitations.
2. Self-Management - The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Session Nine - Land of Fire with Phoebe Phoenixfire
TH:Cr1.1.3a. Create roles, imagined worlds, and improvised stories in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr5.1.4a. Practice selected exercises that can be used in a group setting for drama/theatre work
**Social Emotional Standards: 1. Self-Awareness - The ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and to assess one’s strengths and limitations.
2. Self-Management - The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Session Ten and Eleven: Down the River Styx and the Crossroads with Iris Imaginoria
TH:Cr1.1.8a. Imagine and explore multiple perspectives and solutions to staging problems in a drama/theatre work.
c. Develop a scripted or improvised character by articulating the character’s inner thoughts, objectives, and motivations in a drama/theatre work.
**Social Emotional Standards: Social Awareness - The ability to take the perspective of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and to understand norms for behavior.
1. Self-Awareness - The ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and to assess one’s strengths and limitations.
2. Self-Management - The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Session Twelve: Finding the Universe Flower
TH:Pr4.1.6a. Identify the essential events in a story or script that make up the dramatic structure in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr4.1.8b. Use various character objectives and tactics in a drama/theatre work to overcome an obstacle.
**Social Emotional Standards: 1. Self-Awareness - The ability to take the perspective of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and to understand norms for behavior.
5. Responsible Decision Making - The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms and to evaluate the consequences of actions and to consider the safety and well-being of others.
Jessica Gray created the world of The Rainbow Path when she wrote the novel "The Rainbow Path: Iris and the Key" (pending publication), along with several short plays. She has been teaching as the character Iris Imaginoria for more than twenty years at her summer and vacation camps (in person and now virtually) with her organization, The Imaginorium. She is certified to teach both theatre and English in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Dr. Gray studied race, gender and performance in graduate school while earning her PhD in theatre. She specializes in teaching social emotional learning through drama, weaving deeper meaning into story-based learning. For several years Dr. Gray worked with high-risk youth who were dealing with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and significant health issues, among other challenges at an alternative high school, and she also taught at the middle school level in urban charter schools with very diverse racial populations. She has specific training in anti-oppression and multicultural program development and passionately applies it to her teaching. 
Students will be encouraged to continue their character/costume/prop development outside of class, but it is not required.
A link to an unlisted recording of the play "The Key to the Rainbow Path," which provides some backstory that is helpful for the quest, will be provided upon registration.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Nearpod
Learner progress will be assessed informally through visual and verbal checks as well as occasional short written responses to their written work.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
One of the stated goals of the class is to encourage students to seek social emotional strategies to fight injustices, both personal and societal, what I call the "-isms," racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and even things like bullying and simple unkindness. We accept and teach diversity of race, religion, class, sexual orientation, & gender identity at all age levels and seek to create a safe space for all. We will use fantasy characters, scenarios, and roleplay to sort through these extremely sensitive topics, but some students may have personal experiences that come to the forefront. If anything arises that a parent needs to know about, I will contact them immediately. We will also discuss some real-world examples of "-isms." I will keep examples age-appropriate. We will talk about hatred and bigotry. We will not go into detail about hate crimes, and I will not show or encourage violence. Our focus is kindness.

Teacher

Iris Imaginoria (Jessica Gray)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Artist, educator, writer, creator
479 total reviews
292 completed classes

About Me

For more than fifteen years I have created and directed innovative programs that incorporate literature and pop culture into educational experiences through The Imaginorium where I am Artistic & Education Director. Theatre, art, science, cosplay,... 
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