Fantasy, Reality, Reviews and Drama Lessons from Gordon A. Long
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1. INTRODUCTION

How to use this book, The Teacher's Guide


PART TWO. THEME

Finding theme, Specific themes, Found poem, Television, Popular Songs,Theme of your performance piece

 

PART 3. MECHANICS

            3A. EMPHASIS - Simple sentences, Emphasis for emotion, First Lines, Scenes, 

                        Recording emphasis for your performance piece, Power Words, Power Word Poems

            3B PHRASING

                A: Breathing - Difficult Breathing

                B: Meaning - Pauses for Meaning, Line Ends, Showing Pauses in your performance piece

                C: Suspense - The "Earned Pause"

                D:Transitions - Transitions, Inner Dialogue

                Conclusion

            3C. VOLUME 

                A. Breathing - Relax the Shoulders, Breathing, Breath Control

                B. Proper Tone Relaxing the Throat, Test Yourself, Head Tone

                C. Proper Enunciation and Projection. - Enunciation (Tongue twisters ),Enunciation Practice, 

                                   Put Volume in Your Performance Piece

            3D TEMPO

                A. Slowing Down - Slowing Down, Slow Cueing

                B. Speeding Up - Picking Up Cues Quickly, Put Tempo in Your Performance Piece

            3E..PITCH = Robot, The Whining Kid, One-Word Telephone Call, Metering, Twins, Siamese Twins

                            Put Pitch in Your Performance Piece

            3F. GESTURE

                    Theory: Gesture and Emotion - Power Words Continued, Visualizing, Power Words Extended, 

                                Maxi-movements, Mini-movements, Put Gesture in Your Performance Piece

 

PART 4. STRUCTURE 

                        Topping, Undercutting, Visualized Topping, One-word Telephone Call

                        Repeats, Putting Builds in Your Performance Piece

 

PART 5. SAMPLE POEMS

            "To Be or Not To Be" - Author Unknown

            "Retreat" by Gordon Long

 

PART 6. CHOICE OF POEM

                Beware of, Try to find, Types of Poetry, Shared performance, Audience Reaction

           

PART 7. PERFORMANCE TIPS

            A. Helping another performer

             B. General Problems - Rhythmic Chanting, or Singsong, Giggling,Volume,Tone quality, Shyness

            C. General Techniques - Getting into character, Visualizing, Variety, Structure, Practice, Concentration, Attitude, The Ending

             Analysis Notation


PART 8 . THE FINAL SHOWCASE

            Place, Audience, Setting, Costume, Props, Narrator or M. C., Structure, Blocking - positions on stage, Upstaging, Cheating Out,

            Backstage Traditions, Afterwards

 

OTHER SECTIONS IN THE TEACHER'S GUIDE

 

Management

Storytelling

Read-Aloud Poetry

Memorized Poetry

Impromptu Speeches

Curriculum Areas Covered

Rating Scales and Marking


Back to Expressive Poetry Performance Page

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Novel 
and
Television series
 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


Mind of the Beast

Brian and Juliet Freyermuth


As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Alan Bradley


Raven's Wing

Shawna Reppert


Hooligans

Chaz Fenwick


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
Erik Kort


 
(Short Story)

Aine Greaney


Mysteries of Shetland

Anne Cleeves


Ravensblood

Shawna Reppert


The Cold Forever

Dmitry Pavlovsky


Ava's Man

Rick Bragg


Ava's Man

Rick Bragg


The Best Laid Plans

Terry Fallis

 

 

Wordscapist: the Myth

Arpan Panicker


Murder and Mendelssohn
Kerry Greenwood

Drawing Conclusions
Donna Leon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Alexander McCall Smith

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches
Alan Bradley


The Commons Book 1

The Journeyman
Michael Alan Peck


At War With Satan
Steff Metal

Phobos: Mayan Fear
Steve Alten

Guystuff
Linton Robinson

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

You Can't Get There From Here
Gayle Forman

Psychic Warrior
T. D. McKinnon

Forager
Peter R. Stone

Butterman (Time Travel) Inc.
PK Hrezo

Winter Fire
Laurie Dubay 

Canadian Pie
Will Ferguson 

Bertie Plays the Blues
Alexander McCall Smith

Miss Timmins' School for Girls
Nayana Currimbhoy

Xenophobia
Peter Cawdron

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
Enid Shomer

The Importance of Being Seven
Alexander McCall Smith

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic
Meghan Ciana Doidge

Unnatural Habits
A Phryne Fisher Mystery

Kerry Greenwood

Strays
Book I of The Glaring Chronicles

Matthew Krause

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais

The Crooked House
John Longeway

Eye Candy
by
Ryan Schneider

Season of the Harvest
Michael R. Hicks

Chronicles of Trellah Book I:
The Perpetual Rain

T. S. Graham


The Casual Vacancy
J. K. Rowling
Alexander McCall Smith
Charlotte Henley Babb

David Litwack 
G. T. Denny
John Patrick Gallagher
Cas Peace
Steve Umstead
L.M.Dewalt
J.W.Bacarro
Mark Everett Stone