Mrs. Candace Norris

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Theatre- University of North Texas Current Texas A&M-Commerce Graduate Student EC-12 Theatre Certification 7-12 Speech Certification

Mrs. Candace Norris

Theatre/Speech/Debate, Elective Department Head

Hello Murphy Mavericks! I am Candace Norris and I have proudly been at Murphy Middle School since 2014. The courses I teach include Intro to Theatre Arts, Advanced Theatre Arts, Intro to Public Speaking, and Advanced Debate/Oral Interpretation. Throughout the school year, I have the amazing opportunity to direct the fall musical, the spring UIL One-Act Play, the Advanced Theatre Arts class play, and the Annual MMS Talent show. Along with running the theatre department at Murphy, I also am the Speech and Debate coach and compete in four Speech and Debate Tournaments with my team throughout year. In the summer, I help run the PISD Starpower Theatre Camp at Plano East Sr. High and work on curriculum writing for the district. 

I received my B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of North Texas and currently hold Theatre K-12 and Speech 7-12 teaching certifications. Currently, I am working on my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction through Texas A&M Commerce and plan to graduate December 2018. 

In my spare time, I love to read books and travel with my husband as much as possible. We also have a 5 year old rambuntious Australian Shepard named Clyde who keeps us very much entertained! 

 

Tutorial Schedule

  • Course Descriptions: 

     

    70650B

    80650B

    Speech 1- Introduction to Public Speaking

    Students will develop skills focused on five identifiable functions of expressing and responding appropriately to feelings, participating in social traditions, informing, persuading, creating, and imagining. To become competent communicators through verbal and nonverbal messages, presentation skills and effective social practices will emerge.  Students will develop and apply skills in using oral language, nonverbal communication, and listening in interpersonal, group, academic, and public contexts. The student will be given the opportunity to understand the communication process, and will participate in social traditions in order to develop procedural communication processes, respond with informative messages, and develop an understanding of persuasion. 

     

    70660B/1

    80660B/1

    Speech 2-Introduction to Debate

    Students will continue to develop skills focused on five identifiable functions of expressing and responding appropriately to feelings, participating in social traditions, informing, persuading, creating, and imagining with an emphasis on the formats and forms for various debate methods. To become competent communicators, students will develop and apply skills in using oral language, nonverbal communication, and listening through the process of logic and critical thinking in the context of preparing briefs and cases. The student will be given the opportunity to continue an understanding of the communication process, express and respond to verbal and nonverbal messages, develop procedural communication processes, respond with informative and negative case messages, develop an understanding of persuasion and learn to write, present and compete in various public speaking events.  Students will be expected to participate in classroom presentations and local speech tournaments as a required performance component.

     

    70667B/1

    80667B/1

    Speech 3-Advanced Debate/Oral Interpretation

    Students will continue to develop skills focused on five identifiable functions of expressing and responding appropriately to feelings, participating in social traditions, informing, persuading, creating, and imagining with an emphasis on the formats and forms for various debate methods. To become competent communicators, students will develop and apply skills in using oral language, nonverbal communication, and listening through the process of logic and critical thinking in the context of preparing briefs and cases. The student will be given the opportunity to continue an understanding of the communication process, express and respond to verbal and nonverbal messages, develop procedural communication processes, respond with informative and negative case messages, develop an understanding of persuasion and learn to write, present and compete in various public speaking events.  Students will be expected to participate in classroom presentations and local speech tournaments as a required performance component.

     

    70670B

    80670B

    Theatre 1-Introduction to Theatre

    Students will develop a perception of self, human relationships, and the world using elements of drama and conventions of theatre. With an emphasis on all aspects of theatre study, students will be introduced to basic acting, directing, movement, technical theatre, literature, voice, and design.  Through creative expression, students communicate in a dramatic form, engage in artistic thinking, build positive self-concepts, relate interpersonally, and integrate knowledge with other content areas in a relevant manner. Students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions in theatre and the diversity of world cultures as expressed in theatre. Through performance opportunities, technical theatre skills and artistic practices, students learn to accept constructive criticism, revise personal views to promote creative and critical thinking, and develop the ability to appreciate, construct and evaluate live theatre.

     

    70685B/1

    80685B/1

    Theatre 2-Technical Theatre

    Students will continue to develop a perception of self, human relationships, and the world using elements of technical theatre. Through creative expression, students learn to communicate concepts of technical theatre practices through set construction, theatrical lighting, sound system operations, stage and shop safety, stage management and engage in artistic thinking, build positive self-concepts, relate interpersonally, and integrate knowledge with other content areas in a relevant manner. Students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions in theatre and the diversity of world cultures as expressed in theatre. Through the pre-production process through concept to performance, students learn to accept constructive criticism, revise personal views to promote creative and critical thinking, and develop the ability to appreciate, construct and evaluate live theatre. 

     

    70683B/1

    80683B/1

    Theatre 3-Advanced Theatre

    Students will continue to develop a perception of self, human relationships, and the world using advanced elements of drama and conventions of theatre. With an emphasis on all aspects of theatre study, students will be introduced to basic acting, directing, movement, technical theatre, literature, voice, and design.  Through creative expression, students communicate in a dramatic form, engage in artistic thinking, build positive self-concepts, relate interpersonally, and integrate knowledge with other content areas in a relevant manner. Students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions in theatre and the diversity of world cultures as expressed in theatre. Through performance opportunities and artistic practices, students learn to accept constructive criticism, revise personal views to promote creative and critical thinking, and develop the ability to appreciate, construct and evaluate live theatre.

  • Upcoming Productions & Speech/Debate Tournaments:

     

    Speech and Debate Tournament @ Schimelpfenig Middle School- Saturday, March 23rd 

     

     Murphy's Got Talent

    Auditions- March 26th (solo) & March 28th (group)

    Performance- Friday, April 5th @ 6pm

     

    Speech and Debate Tournament @ Shepton High School- Saturday, May 4th 

     

    Advanced Theater Class Play

    May 10th @ 7pm

     

    Comments (-1)