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ADA4M Drama – Grade 12 (University/College)

  • Grade 12

PREREQUISITE:  Drama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

GRADE: 12 (University/College)

AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online


Course Overview

ADA4M online requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other texts and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyse how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.

Course Outline

Below is a course outline for the online ADA4M course offered by Blyth Academy. As the Ontario ADA4M curriculum is set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the course and skills learned remain the same whether you take it in person or online.

Theatre and Theory

Essential Question: How can the elements and conventions of drama be effectively in creating individual and ensemble drama works?

In this unit, students will be introduced to several dramatic theorists and their theories. The unit is broken up into lessons which each focus on a different key aspect of drama and theatre. Students will be expected to study and apply these theories to their own dramatic practice throughout this unit, and the entire course, and to reflect on the impact these different devices and techniques have on performances and audience experience.

Masked Theatre

Essential Question: How have masks been used in theatre across the world in both historical and contemporary settings?

In this unit students will explore masks and their role in the dramatic arts. Although they are less frequently seen on Broadway or the West end today, masks have been used in theatre across the world in various historical and contemporary contexts. Students will explore these contexts and compare and contrast between them. They will be asked to interrogate the limitations and benefits of using a mask as both a rehearsal tool, and an integral component in final performances. Students will also learn about theatrical criticism and how to write a review of a piece of masked theatre. In order to participate fully in this unit, students will need a mask. This can be a simple mask, even one that is made at home using paper and string.


Essential Question: How is drama a reflection of societies, both present and past?

George Bernhard Shaw's play Pygmalion addresses social issues relating to prejudice, class divides, and gender roles that are still very relevant today. Itself inspired by classical literature, the play's popularity has resulted in several adaptations throughout the years. In the unit students will study the play, taking on the role of some of its characters. Students will consider the various adaptations and its continued relevance, adding their own interpretations to the play's rich existing history.


The final grade a student achieves will represent the quality of their overall achievement of expectations for the course. The final grade will be determined following these percentages:

70% of the grade: Based on evaluations throughout the duration of the course. This component of a student’s grade will reflect the most consistent achievement level attained throughout the course.

30% of the grade: Based on final evaluations administered at the conclusion of the course. The final evaluation is administered as a culminating project (worth 30% of the final grade).

The ADA4M course explores purposes for reading a variety of texts, guiding students through reading and developing greater fluency in all aspects of reading and writing. Register Today!

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook
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