Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 5, Theatre, 2006

1.) Identify various roles and responsibilities necessary to effectively stage scenes or dramatic productions.

Examples: writers editing the script, researchers ensuring that costume choices reflect the time period portrayed, directors guiding practices, actors memorizing script parts, critics viewing and critiquing theatre performances, set designers selecting materials reflecting desired setting, audiences responding to production

2.) Select essential design elements to support a dramatic production.

Examples: lighting, costumes, makeup, props

•  Combining physical shapes, levels, and facial expressions to depict emotion and mood of characters
•  Combining physical qualities with vocal qualities, including projection and vocal variety
3.) Produce an original or published scene using an organized rehearsal plan.

Describing the importance of collaboration in a theatrical production, including scheduling, blocking, and set design

4.) Compare theatrical characteristics of pantomime, improvisation, and scripted drama.

5.) Analyze a dramatic performance to identify its intended personal emotional response.

Example: The Miracle Worker encouraging audience to persevere in spite of adversity

•  Using age-appropriate theatre vocabulary to accurately describe theatrical concepts
Examples: dialogue, pitch, tone, volume, set designer, theme, improvisation, script, tableau

6.) Compare ways in which ideas and emotions are expressed in theatre, dramatic media, dance, music, and visual arts.

Example: comparison of African-American displacement as seen through Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series paintings, Jewish displacement as portrayed in the movie The Diary of Anne Frank, and displacement of Okies as depicted in selected scenes in the movie The Grapes of Wrath

7.) Describe how audience behavior affects a performance.

8.) Identify conflict in a drama, including man versus man, man versus self, man versus nature, man versus the supernatural, and man versus society.

•  Identifying the message, theme, and purpose in a drama
9.) Describe ways various cultures reflect their beliefs and traditions through theatre and storytelling.


- Indonesian--Javanese puppet theatre,

- Native American--powwow

10.) Identify universal themes in literature.

Examples: love, hate, friendship, loyalty, family

•  Enacting a drama in such a way that its major scenes depict literary accuracy
•  Developing a one-act play around an event in United States history
Examples: Trail of Tears, Civil Rights Movement