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Arts Education, Grade 4, Theatre, 2006

1.) Demonstrate ways in which an actor communicates character and emotions.

Examples: body posture, movement, voice, facial expression

•  Explaining how music and sound are used to communicate emotion
Examples: pitch, tone, volume

•  Exhibiting concentration, recall, and memorization of sequencing to create a characterization
•  Combining physical shapes, levels, and facial expressions to depict emotions and moods of characters
2.) Improvise short scenes while working cooperatively in groups, including the use of role play.

3.) Describe the function in musical theatre of each arts discipline.

Examples:

- dance--movement, dance sequences;

- music--score, lyrics;

- theatre--acting, production;

- visual arts--scenic design

4.) Identify the elements of a scripted drama, including dialogue, character, plot, and setting.

•  Identifying conflict in a dramatic situation as it unfolds through dialogue
•  Analyzing the choice of setting and characters to determine authenticity
Example: Africa as the necessary setting for The Lion King

•  Demonstrating ways movement communicates characters and emotions
5.) Identify thoughts and feelings evoked by a performance.

Examples: Alice in Wonderland--imagining what it would be like to live in a wonderland, Annie--feeling triumph for Annie as she becomes part of a family

•  Connecting performances to personal feelings or experiences
•  Evaluating the effectiveness of artistic choices made in a production
•  Explaining the concepts of aesthetics and empathy
6.) Evaluate audience behavior of self and others to determine appropriateness.

7.) Evaluate the use of lighting, costumes, sound effects, makeup, props, and sets for effectiveness in a performance.

8.) Identify ways in which theatre reflects the social values and accomplishments of a culture.

•  Describing ways in which the arts play a role in everyday life
Examples: landscape design, advertising jingles, dances, movies

9.) Identify dramatic works written by and about Alabama and Alabamians.

Examples: Kathryn T. Windham's Julia Tutwiler, William Gibson's The Miracle Worker

10.) Recognize the various roles and responsibilities of those involved in staging a theatrical production.

Examples:

- playwright--writes the script,

- actor--interprets the part,

- director--instructs the actor

11.) Identify possible connections between theatre concepts and concepts from other content areas.

Example: explaining how student-created work in visual arts, music, and dance may be translated to theatre

12.) Use the computer to research and identify works in literature that have been translated into theatrical productions.

Examples: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Charlotte's Web; Peter Pan; The Polar Express; books from the "Harry Potter" series

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