First-grade students in theatre class explore their expanding world through use of imagination and creative dramatics. In a very non-threatening setting, students role-play and re-tell stories based on class experiences with high-quality children's literature, while learning about structured storytelling in terms of plot, sequenced events, and a sense of beginning, middle, and end. First graders develop language skills together and extend their vocabulary significantly as they share opinions and aesthetic responses, discuss rudimentary character development and complete open-ended stories as a means of strengthening and celebrating their creativity and learning to solve challenges. As children continue to gain command over their intellectual and physical abilities and explore their senses and the five Ws (who, what, when, where, and why), they advance their literacy skills, particularly fluency, by reading and rehearsing their own lines and stories. Students use simple acting techniques to portray a person, place, action, or thing and pantomime becomes more detailed. During dramatic play, first graders also develop life skills that help them function in and as a group, such as listening while others speak, responding, taking turns, and problem-solving.
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: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SI.pdf