General Course Information and Notes
Fifth-grade* theatre students expand their previously acquired knowledge of theatre skills and concepts through imagination, creative dramatics, writing their own monologues and short scenes, and research with a focus on improving individual performance and acting choices. Students explore theme development, play analysis, and the playwrights' intent to guide acting choices, along with the craft of directing at a more advanced level. High-quality children's literature continues to provide a strong foundation for development of students' theatrical, literacy, and life skills as students investigate and complete practical assignments in technical theatre and theatre management for staged productions. The use of improvisation is accelerated, shaping and molding their ability to think quickly and fostering a higher sense of autonomy. Students use research and their acquired theatre knowledge to analyze and develop a character from a play or a story of their choosing to present a monologue as that character. Students learn more intricate detailed of dramatic structure through play analysis and character analysis. As students play, move, and create together, they continue to develop 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.
* Intermediate Elementary Theatre 1, 2, and 3 have been designed in two ways: 1) to challenge students on grade level who have previously taken classes in this content area; and 2) to challenge students whose education in this content area has been delayed until the intermediate elementary grades. Theatre teachers of classes in Grades 3, 4, and 5 should select the most appropriate course level in the series based on each group's prior experience, the benchmarks, and available instruction time. Once elementary students have entered the series, they must progress to the next course in sequence.
- A 3rd grade class that may or may not have taken Theatre previously should be enrolled in Intermediate Elementary Theatre 1 and progress through the series in subsequent grades.
- 4th graders beginning formal instruction in Theatre for the first time may be enrolled, as a class, in Upper Elementary Theatre 1, and must then progress to Intermediate Elementary Theatre 2 in the following year.
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
Original Student Tutorials
Meet Melvin the Magician! When you’re dealing with magic, things are not always as they appear. That’s what makes magic fun! Similarly, when you’re working with adages and proverbs, things are also not always as they appear. Melvin will never reveal the secrets to his magic tricks, but he will reveal the secret to figuring out what adages and proverbs mean. Learn how to recognize adages and proverbs and explain their meaning.
Type: Original Student Tutorial
Learn how to recognize idioms and explain their meanings as you complete this interactive, magic-themed tutorial.
Type: Original Student Tutorial
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