Secondary Theatre - Grades 7 and 8
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Core Standards of the Course
Strand: CREATE (7–8.T.CR.)
Students will conceptualize, generate, develop, and organize artistic ideas and work. They will complete and refine theatre works (Standards 7–8.T.CR.1–8).
Develop imagination to create artistic ideas and work.
Read and analyze a play for its technical requirements, identifying parts in the script that require the addition of a technical element.
Use form and structure to create a scene or play with a beginning, middle, and end that includes full character development, believable dialogue, and logical plot outcomes.
roles, identify responsibilities, and participate in group decision making.
Explore physical, vocal, and emotional choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.
Create and sustain a believable character throughout a scripted or improvised scene.
Recognize that participating in the rehearsal process is necessary to refine and revise.
Imagine and explore multiple perspectives and solutions to staging problems in a drama/theatre work.
Strand: PERFORM (7–8.T.P.)
Students will analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for performance. They will develop techniques and concepts to refine artistic work and express meaning through the presentation of drama/theatre works (Standards 7–8.T.P.1–9).
Interpret the character, setting, and essential events in a story or script that make up the dramatic structure in a drama/theatre work, and consider various and unique choices to enhance the story in a drama/theatre work.
Perform as a productive and responsible member of an acting ensemble in both rehearsal and performance situations.
Observe, listen, and respond in character to other actors throughout a scripted or improvised scene.
Communicate meaning using the body through space, shape, energy, and gesture.
Communicate meaning using the voice through volume, pitch, tone, rate, and clarity.
Use imagination to inform artistic choices.
Identify appropriate stage properties and technical elements for a given production.
Identify and use appropriate vocabulary to describe kinds of stage spaces, stage directions, areas of the stage, and basic blocking techniques.
Perform a variety of dramatic works for peers or invited audiences.
Strand: RESPOND (7–8.T.R.)
Students will perceive and analyze artistic work and process. They will interpret intent and meaning, and apply criteria to evaluate artistic work and process (Standards 7–8.T.R.1–7).
Describe and demonstrate audience skills of observing attentively and responding appropriately in classroom presentations, rehearsals, and live performance settings.
Justify responses based on personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Formulate a deeper understanding and appreciation of a drama/ theatre work by considering its specific purpose or intended audience.
Demonstrate the ability to receive and act upon coaching, feedback, and constructive criticism.
Examine a drama/theatre work using supporting evidence and criteria, while considering art forms, history, culture, and other disciplines.
Describe and analyze how artists make choices based on personal experience in a drama/theatre work.
Identify and explain why artistic choices are made in a drama/theatre work.
Strand: CONNECT (7–8.T.CO.)
Students will synthesize and relate knowledge from personal and collaborative experience to make and receive art. They will relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding (Standards 7–8.T.CO.1–3).
Examine a community issue through multiple perspectives in a drama/theatre work.
Research how other theatre artists apply creative processes to tell stories in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, using theatre research methods.
Examine contemporary social, cultural, or global issues through different forms of drama theatre work.
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