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Fine Arts - Theater Curriculum
Theater Foundations II
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Core Standards of the Course

Script Writing

Standard 1
Students will integrate unity, character, and plot in scripting dramatic presentations.

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Objective 1
UNITY Interrelate all environments, situations, and characters when creating dramatic presentations.

  1. Plan interrelated environments, situations, and characters in a dramatic presentation.
  2. Act out interrelated environments, situations, and characters in a dramatic presentation.

Objective 2
CHARACTER Create appropriate character dialogue and physical attributes within a dramatic presentation.

  1. Plan dialogue and physical attributes for characters in a dramatic presentation.
  2. Act out dialogue and physical attributes for characters in a dramatic presentation.

Objective 3
PLOT Create linear and non-linear plot structures.

  1. Plan linear and non-linear plot structures; e.g., exposition, point of attack, major conflict, rising action, climax, falling action.
  2. Play out linear and non-linear plot structures; e.g., improvise fairy tales, fracture fairy tales, create new fairy tales.

Acting

Standard 2
Students will develop the basic techniques of acting.

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Objective 1
MOVEMENT Develop expressive use of stage movement through body awareness and spatial perception.

  1. Demonstrate comfortable movement when acting.
  2. Explain the elements of physical movement; e.g., energy, locomotion, balance, relaxation.
  3. Demonstrate the use of movement to define who, what, when, where, and why.

Objective 2
VOICE Develop expressive use of the voice.

  1. Demonstrate a clear voice when communicating in performance.
  2. Explain the elements of voice and speech production; e.g., intensity, pitch, rhythm, volume.
  3. Demonstrate the use of voice to define who, what, when, where, and why.

Objective 3
SENSORY/EMOTIONAL RECALL Develop sensory/emotional recall techniques.

  1. Use memory and imagination to experience smells, tastes, textures, sights, and sounds.
  2. Use memory and imagination to experience feelings and moods.

Objective 4
CHARACTERIZATION Develop character building techniques.

  1. Explain objective (what a character wants) and motive (why a character wants something).
  2. Explain character conflict (what prevents a character from getting what is wanted) and action (how the character goes about trying to get what is wanted).
  3. Demonstrate inner dialogue in support of the who, what, where, when, and why of the character.

Objective 5
ENSEMBLE/REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES Develop ensemble/rehearsal techniques.

  1. Demonstrate rehearsal warm-up.
  2. Demonstrate basic blocking and staging elements; e.g., stage directions, focus, levels, crosses.
  3. Demonstrate active listening skills.
  4. Demonstrate cooperation skills; e.g., supporting other performers when not performing, supporting new ideas, supporting one another when performing together.

Constructing Meaning

Standard 3
Students will develop critical thinking skills to construct meaning.

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Objective 1
COMPARING / INTEGRATING ART FORMS Compare/integrate other art forms with theatre.

  1. Articulate the impact of the audience on theatre and other art forms; e.g., dance, film, music, electronic media.
  2. Explain the use of visual, aural, oral, and kinetic elements to express ideas and emotions in theatre and other art forms; e.g., dance, film, music, electronic media.

Objective 2
ANALYZING/CRITIQUING Analyze/critique personal preferences acquired through experiencing theatre as a participant and an observer.

  1. Explain how a dramatic presentation is similar to and different from own life.
  2. Create different rubrics for critiquing live theatre, film, and television.

Objective 3
UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT Articulate the role of history and culture in theatre.

  1. Explain how historical period might affect character action.
  2. Explain how different cultures might affect character action.

Objective 4
APPLYING LIFE SKILLS Connect personal experiences with dramatic presentations to own life.

  1. Explain how theatre can contribute to lifelong learning.
  2. Explain how theatre can enhance and maintain complex thinking skills.
  3. Explain how theatre builds effective communication skills.
  4. Explain how theatre develops the ability to collaborate with others.
  5. Explain how theatre promotes responsible citizenship.

Objective 5
SELF-ASSESSING Demonstrate the use of assessment techniques (especially rubric and portfolio assessment techniques) in achieving theatre objectives.

  1. Articulate personal goals.
  2. Use perceive/reflect rubric assessment.
  3. Create an outcome portfolio reflecting content and process from across the term; e.g., notes, rubric assessments, process and production photos, programs, reflections.

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