Teacher: Mrs. Stein

Contact Information: [email protected]

Office: N-102 (behind the security desk near the main entrance)


Course Requirements

Mrs. Stein - Senior DRAMA Course


Welcome to Drama!

I hope you had a great summer and that you are ready for this school year.  This Senior, semester, course examines representative plays of Western drama from its beginnings  through the Renaissance to the contemporary theater of the United States and England. The approach is historical and thematic. The course includes a study of major playwrights through history. Students focus on how philosophical, political, moral, and cultural attitudes shape each playwright’s vision. Issues we consider include drama as text and performance, stagecraft, playwriting, and theater and film criticism. 

This is a college level course, accredited by St. Francis College, and offers you the opportunity to receive college credit upon completing the course content with the required grade.  If you are interested, please visit the the "College Credit" option on the SFP website,  complete all necessary paperwork, and return it to the guidance office by the due date. Please note that there is a fee to register. 

Required Reading:

Possible full-length works for discussion:

(This list may change during the year.  You are responsible for purchasing a hard copy from a bookstore,, or borrowing one from the library. I will give ample notice when they are due in class.)    

  • Twelfth Night      
  • A Streetcar Named Desire         
  • Twelve Angry Men                 
  • Gaslight    
  • Fences  
  • Rabbit Hole                       

A significant selection of prose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry will be included to enhance the required drama selections and knowledge of literary terms.  .  

Classroom Expectations:

Each student is required to come to class on time, be in his/her seat and ready to learn by the time the bell rings.  You must bring all necessary supplies to class every day we meet.

Please be in school on the days your Cohort meets.

We are all responsible to maintain all of the health and safety precautions while in the building. Please be sure to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands regularly.  I will provide Mask breaks when appropriate.  Students are permitted to wipe their desks down before class if they feel necessary.  

Attendance will be taken at the start of each period.  Students in school should be in his/her designated desk and students at home should be logged in and ready to learn.  

All Absences must be verified by the appropriate pass or note. When you are absent it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get ALL missed classwork, tests, and/or assignments.  I will not remind you to make up your work. If you are planning to be absent on a specific day, please make sure you see me beforehand so that we can discuss any work that needs to be completed. Should you be absent, please check Google Classroom for any classwork and/or homework that you are missing; all class readings are expected to be made up upon your return to school.  Any missing assignments due to absences must be made up within 2 days of your return to school.  If the assignments are not complete, you will receive a zero. 

I will be using Google Classroom as our virtual classroom. I will be giving out the class code during the first week of school. All assignments and classwork will be posted on a daily/weekly basis.  Please make sure that your notifications are turn on and that you are checking it daily.  This is imperative to your success in this class.  Some assignments and class activities will need to be submitted and completed on the Google Classroom class page.  

Every student is important in our classroom.  Each person deserves respect and attention. When someone is speaking, WE ARE LISTENING. We must show respect for one another at all times.

iPads are a valuable TOOL in our classroom, however anyone who is caught using the iPad for anything other than learning (playing games, surfing the web, taking pictures, etc.) will lose the privilege to use it in class and a detention referral will be sent to the dean.  Your iPad should always be charged and ready for class, you will NOT be permitted to charge your iPads during class (even if we have a test).   CELLPHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN CLASS AT ANY TIME AND DO NOT SERVE AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR iPad.

Distance Learning Policy:

* All Google Meet codes are to be used for the period intended and may not be shared with anyone outside our class.

* Students at home must be logged in ON TIME and ready for class.

* Students are required to wear appropriate Prep attire and designate a quiet space for learning.  Students may not be laying in a bed.

*Cameras must remain on at all times and students must be in view. Microphones should remain off until instructed otherwise.  I will allow time for questions and participation throughout the lessons. 

* Users are responsible to protect any passwords or usernames and not to share this information with anyone.

*  Users shall not examine, change or use any account but their own. 

  • Users may not use technology to harass, threaten, deceive, intimidate, offend, embarrass, or annoy any individual. 

  • Post, publish, reproduce, or display any defamatory, inaccurate, violent, abusive, profane, or sexually oriented material.  

  • Users must not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, or threatening language.  

  • Users must not knowingly or recklessly post false information about any persons, students, staff or any other organization.  

  • Use a photograph, image, video, or likeness of any students, or the teacher without express permission of that individual. 

  • Create any site, post any photo(s), image, or video of another except with express permission of that individual and the principal. 

  • Record or use screenshots without the permission of the teacher. 

Any student that does not abide to these policies will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Grading Policy:


  • Classwork includes all small and large group discussions, reading, writing, and notetaking during lessons and independent and group work.

  • Homework will be given to support what we are covering in class.You will not have formal homework every night, however every student is required to read an independent book at home.Homework assignments will include: reading, written work, researching, and annotating. 

  • Classwork and Homework values will range from 10 points to 50 points depending on the assignment.

  • Any homework assignment that is late more than 2 days will NOT receive credit.

Writing Assignments/Projects: You will have TWO major writing assignments/projects per quarter.  These assignments are worth 100 points each.  

Assessments: Assessments help me to understand if you are grasping the main ideas of each unit. Assessments consist of unit tests, essays, projects, and in-class discussions. You will be given at least a weeks notice before any unit tests. Quizzes can be both announced and unannounced, so be sure to complete all required reading. Projects that are given in class will be explained fully with an accompanying rubric with expectations. ANY STUDENT THAT IS ABSENT FOR A QUIZ OR TEST MUST MAKE IT UP WITHIN 2 DAYS OF THEIR RETURN TO SCHOOL OR HE/SHE WILL RECEIVE A ZERO.

  • Quiz values will be worth 25 – 50 points

  • Unit Tests will be worth 100 points

  • Unit writing assignments will be worth 10-100 points

  • Projects will be worth 50 – 100 points

Participation: Participation is a critical element for this course.  You must be prepared to take part in reading/acting/discussing the plays we read. Participation is worth 100 points of your final grade for each quarter. Mid-quarter grades will include 50 points for participation and then your final grade will include the remaining 50. It is your responsibility to earn that 100 throughout the quarter.  Class discussions, volunteering to read/answer questions, and small group sessions are all ways to earn your Participation grade.  

  • Please come to class on time and PREPARED. You are prepared if: you are seated BEFORE the bell, you have all necessary books with you, you have a charged iPad, and you have all completed assignments/homework ready to be handed in.  You will lose 5 participation points if you are chronically late and/or unprepared. 

  • Good Classroom behavior is expected. If your behavior becomes a problem, you will also lose 10 participation points.  

Required Materials:

3 subject Notebook (notes, classwork, homework)

Folder to keep handouts organized

iPad  (fully charged, always)


Highlighter (any color)

#2 Pencils

Academic Dishonesty:

All instances of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism will be met with severe penalties. No excuses or explanations will be accepted. If you are caught you will be with the following consequences:

  • an automatic 0. This grade cannot be made up and no extra credit will be given.

  • an honor code violation. The parent(s) will be notified immediately.

  • Plagiarism: is when you present the words or ideas of another as if they are your own.  I do not take this lightly as this is a serious offense. Anyone caught plagiarizing will be penalized. The assignment in question will receive a ZERO and the student will receive an honor code violation.

Extra CredIt:

Extra credit assignments may be available. Please don’t ask for an extra credit assignment if you have not done your regularly assigned work. Make sure you complete that first!

Extra Help:

Extra help is ALWAYS available! If you need extra help we can arrange for a time to meet.


Return this contract by Wednesday, September 16, 2020