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Grade Four

Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Content Standards.

Processing, Analyzing, and Responding to Sensory Information Through the Language and Skills Unique to Theatre

Students observe their environment and respond, using the elements of theatre. They also observe formal and informal works of theatre, film/video, and electronic media and respond, using the vocabulary of theatre.

Development of the Vocabulary of Theatre
  • 1.1 Use the vocabulary of theatre, such as plot, conflict, climax, resolution, tone, objectives, motivation, and stock characters, to describe theatrical experiences.
Comprehension and Analysis of the Elements of Theatre
  • 1.2 Identify a character's objectives and motivations to explain that character's behavior.
  • 1.3 Demonstrate how voice (diction, pace, and volume) may be used to explore multiple possibilities for a live reading. Examples: I want you to go. I want you to go. I want you to go.

Creating, Performing, and Participating in Theatre

Students apply processes and skills in acting, directing, designing, and script writing to create formal and informal theatre, film/videos, and electronic media productions and to perform in them.

Development of Theatrical Skills
  • 2.1 Demonstrate the emotional traits of a character through gesture and action.
Creation/Invention in Theatre
  • 2.2 Retell or improvise stories from classroom literature in a variety of tones (gossipy, sorrowful, comic, frightened, joyful, sarcastic).
  • 2.3 Design or create costumes, props, makeup, or masks to communicate a character in formal or informal performances.

Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural Dimensions of Theatre

Students analyze the role and development of theatre, film/video, and electronic media in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting diversity as it relates to theatre.

Role and Cultural Significance of Theatre
  • 3.1 Identify theatrical or storytelling traditions in the cultures of ethnic groups throughout the history of California.
History of Theatre
  • 3.2 Recognize key developments in the entertainment industry in California, such as the introduction of silent movies, animation, radio and television broadcasting, and interactive video.

Responding to, Analyzing, and Critiquing Theatrical Experiences

Students critique and derive meaning from works of theatre, film/video, electronic media, and theatrical artists on the basis of aesthetic qualities.

Critical Assessment of Theatre
  • 4.1 Develop and apply appropriate criteria or rubrics for critiquing performances as to characterization, diction, pacing, gesture, and movement.
  • 4.2 Compare and contrast the impact on the audience of theatre, film, television, radio, and other media.
Derivation of Meaning from Works of Theatre
  • 4.3 Describe students responses to a work of theatre and explain what the scriptwriter did to elicit those responses.

Connecting and Applying What Is Learned in Theatre, Film/Video, and Electronic Media to Other Art Forms and Subject Areas and to Careers

Students apply what they learn in theatre, film/video, and electronic media across subject areas. They develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and time management that contribute to lifelong learning and career skills. They also learn about careers in and related to theatre.

Connections and Applications
  • 5.1 Dramatize events in California history.
  • 5.2 Use improvisation and dramatization to explore concepts in other content areas.
Careers and Career-Related Skills
  • 5.3 Exhibit team identity and commitment to purpose when participating in theatrical experiences.
Questions: State Board of Education | 916-319-0827 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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