Drama and theatre

 

General description:

Our students are exposed to performing arts at a very young age as each grade level from PK to G2 produces one or several shows for the parents or grandparents.  They act out stories and skits that have been either prerecorded or are done live in front of the audience. 

In class, dramatization if often used to illustrate a passage, act out an entire story, explain an unknown word, or to role play for Social and Emotional Learning classes. 

Beginning in sixth grade, students can study theater with a Drama specialist and perform their own original works.

Skills:

By the end of Kindergarten, students will be able to:

  • Understand the vocabulary of theatre, such as pretend, imagination, movement, puppetry, and audience, to describe theatrical experiences.
  • Identify various theatrical experiences, such as live theatre and puppetry.
  • Respond appropriately as an audience member.
  • Use body, voice, and imagination to illustrate concepts in other content areas.
  • Use movement and voice, for example, to reinforce vocabulary, such as big, little, loud, and quiet
  • Perform group pantomimes and improvisations to retell familiar stories.

By the end of second grade, students will be able to:

  • Talk about the cultural and geographic origins of stories.
  • Identify theatrical conventions, such as props, costumes, masks, and sets.
  • Use the vocabulary of the theatre, such as play, plot (beginning, middle, and end), improvisation, pantomime, stage, character, and audience, to describe theatrical experiences.
  • Dramatize or improvise familiar simple stories from classroom literature or life experiences, incorporating plot (beginning, middle, and end) and using a tableau or a pantomime.
  • Apply the theatrical concept of beginning, middle, and end to other content areas.

By the end of fifth grade, students will be able to:

  • Use the vocabulary of theatre to describe theatrical experiences.
  • Identify the structural elements of plot (exposition, complication, crisis, climax, and resolution) in a script or theatrical experience.
  • Participate in improvisational activities to explore complex ideas and universal themes in literature and life.
  • Collaborate as an actor, director, scriptwriter, or technical artist in creating formal or informal theatrical performances.
  • Select or create appropriate props, sets, and costumes for a cultural celebration or pageant.

By the end of eighth grade, students will be able to:

  • Use the vocabulary of theatre, such as ensemble, proscenium, thrust, and arena staging, to describe theatrical experiences.
  • Analyze the use of figurative language and imagery in dramatic texts.
  • Create short dramatizations in selected styles of theatre, such as melodrama, vaudeville, and musical theatre.
  • Compare and contrast how works of theatre from different cultures or time periods convey the same or similar content or plot.

Use theatrical skills to present content or concepts in other subject areas, such as creating a video on cellular mitosis.