General Course Information and Notes
Second-grade theatre students explore their expanding world through use of imagination and creative dramatics. In a non-threatening setting, students gain confidence and proficiency as they role-play and re-tell stories based on an expanding body of high-quality children's literature from a variety of times and cultures, including fables. As they strengthen their knowledge of structured storytelling and plot, students learn to retain sequential information and transfer that ability to other settings and content areas. Students' life experiences inform and enrich their ability to explore characters and motivation, and the ability to discern nuance in dramatic play strengthens their ability to do so in print and oral language, as well. Second graders continue to increase their vocabulary through group discussions, writing original lines and simple scripts, and describing their own perceptions of stories and theatre. As students' cognitive and literacy skills advance, particularly in the areas of vocabulary acquisition and fluency, they portray a person, place, action, or thing with increasing detail and nuance and begin to differentiate theatre from other art forms. As students play, move, and create together, they develop the foundation for important skills such as teamwork, acceptance, respect, critical thinking, and responsibility that will help students be successful in the 21st century.
All instruction related to Theatre benchmarks should be framed by the Big Ideas and Enduring Understandings. Non-Theatre benchmarks listed in this course are also required and should be fully integrated in support of arts instruction.
Special Note: This class may include opportunities to participate in extra rehearsals and performances beyond the school day.
English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/si.pdf
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