Drama and the Human Spirit Course Description and Video
Drama and the Human Spirit for Middle School, Parts One and Two
Total classes: 24
Duration: 55 minutes
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: 1 full year Literature
Instructor: Kevin O'Brien
Course description: From its beginning in ancient Greece and from its inception in England in the context of the liturgy, drama has always been about man's relation to God (or "the gods"). This survey course will examine some of the great works of drama and comedy, focusing on how dramatic art grapples with the question of the meaning of life and the revelation of God in the human heart.
Course materials: Will be provided free by the instructor in the form of PDF's and eBooks; scenes from filmed versions of the plays will be shown during class time.
Homework: Each play should be read before that week's class. Frequent short quizzes, consisting of multiple choice and essay questions Expect no more than 3 to 4 hours homework per week. Grading guidelines provided; Instructor Access available.