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Teaching & Learning: Curriculum - Fine Arts

 

Performing Arts - Theater Arts

THEATER ARTS - GRADES 7-8

BENCHMARK: By the end of the course, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of theatre and stage terminology, simple scene design and blocking techniques, and use a variety of scenic elements in their scenework
  • demonstrate an understanding of the concept of point of view as it relates to understanding people and resolving conflicts in both theatre and in daily life
  • act both an improvised and scripted scene, using the fundamental principles of acting
  • identify aspects of characterization and portray a believable character
  • create, analyze, and write a theatre piece, using play format and the principles of play development
  • demonstrate the ability to analyze and act a scene from a different historical period or culture
  • understand the role of the director and direct a student scene, using simple blocking patterns
  • demonstrate the ability to critique the work of peers according to prescribed methods
  • understand how drama enhances the study of the arts and other disciplines and how the use of technology and media can enhance dramatic expression and learning

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

  • How does studying theatre expand a student's ability to understand others?
  • How does performing, creating and responding to dramatical / theatrical works provide a means for artistic development?
  • How does participating in theatre help children 'voice what they mean'- and then discover that one is not alone in one's feelings'? (Rita Dove, U.S. Poet Laureate)

Learn more about the Grades 7-8 Theater Arts curriculum.

DRAMA I - GRADE 9

BENCHMARK: By the end of the course, students will:

  • understand basic concepts and approaches to the art of acting and act with skill in a variety of performance situations.
  • understand basic techniques of storytelling and apply them to dramatic structure.
  • comprehend and demonstrate the basics of directing, balance, stage picture, character motivation and how these affect the shape and flow of movement on a stage.
  • understand and use basic stage resources and technical equipment to enhance performance.
  • understand and recognize basic concepts of theatre and be able to apply and verbalize aesthetic decisions about theatre and performance.
  • use theater to make connections to popular culture including music/lyrics, theater, movies and television.
  • use theater to make connections to human psychology, behaviors and the other arts.

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

  • How does studying theatre expand a student's ability to understand others?
  • How does performing, creating and responding to dramatical / theatrical works provide a means for artistic development?
  • How does participating in theatre help children 'voice what they mean'- and then discover that one is not alone in one's feelings'? (Rita Dove, U.S. Poet Laureate)

Learn more about the Grades 9 Drama I curriculum.

DRAMA II-IV - GRADES 10-12

BENCHMARK: By the end of the course, students will:

  • understand the basic concepts and approaches to the art of acting and act with skill in a variety of classroom performance situations.
  • understand advanced, more sophisticated and complex dimensions of storytelling and be able to apply them to dramatic structure.
  • comprehend and demonstrate advanced concepts of directing and staging including balance, stage picture, character motivation and how these affect the shape and flow of movement on a stage.
  • understand and use basic stage resources and technical equipment to enhance performance.
  • understand and recognize basic concepts of theatre and be able to apply and verbalize aesthetic judgements about theatre and performance.
  • use theater to make sophisticated and advanced connections and judgements on aspects of popular culture including music/lyrics, theater, movies and television.
  • use theater to make connections to human psychology, behaviors and the other arts.

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

  • How does studying theatre expand a student's ability to understand others?
  • How does performing, creating and responding to dramatical/theatrical works provide a means for artistic development?
  • How does participating in theatre help children "voice what they mean'- and then discover that one is not alone in one's feelings'? (Rita Dove, U.S. Poet Laureate)

Learn more about the Grades 10-12 Drama II-IV curriculum.


   

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