Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 3, Theatre, 2006

1.) Use the primary tools of mind, body, and voice in an appropriate characterization for a simple classroom production.

2.) Identify the purpose of movement in a dramatic production.

•  Using high-, medium-, and low-level areas in space
Examples: leaping for joy, running in fear, kneeling to be knighted, slithering like a snake

•  Using body sculpture or the freeze technique to create a tableau by freezing the action of a scene
3.) Create ideas for alternate settings, characters, and endings for a dramatic production.

•  Staging classroom dramatizations in a variety of ways
Examples: protean staging, Reader's Theatre

•  Demonstrating movement to explore thoughts, feelings, and roles from literature, life, and history
Examples: Native American rain and cloud dances, Russian wedding dance

•  Working cooperatively in a group setting to plan a dramatic production
4.) Dramatize universal subjects and ideas in stories from different cultures.


- friendship--Charlotte's Web, The Secret Garden;

- greed--Why the Sky is Far Away, A Christmas Carol

•  Depicting characters from diverse historical periods and cultures
Examples: Johnny Appleseed, Pocohantas, Harriet Tubman

•  Explaining how theatre reflects life
5.) Identify an emotion evoked by performers during a production.

6.) Identify different elements in a theatrical performance.

•  Describing characters, their relationships, and their environments
•  Analyzing a classroom dramatization or theatre production to determine how movement, music, and visual elements are used to enhance mood
Examples: joy in finding gold at the end of the rainbow; fear when the big, bad wolf appears

•  Distinguishing between appropriate and inappropriate audience behavior

- appropriate--applauding,

- inappropriate--booing in a noninteractive production

•  Explaining differences between audience space and performance space
7.) Evaluate the effectiveness of the theatrical elements of a performance using accurate, respectful, supportive, and constructive comments.

8.) Describe effects that sounds, movements, and visual images have on an audience.

9.) Identify various forms of dramatic media and ways in which they have evolved over time.

Examples: theatre, film, television, electronic media

10.) Identify ways in which the arts are used for personal pleasure and enrichment.

Examples: plays, art exhibits, concerts

11.) Illustrate concepts from other content areas through the use of dramatization.

Examples: acting out simple machines studied in science, depicting the migration of animals or people studied in science or social studies, illustrating Reader's Theatre from reading and English language arts classes