(a) General requirements. When Grade 6 is part of a departmentalized middle school, students may select the following theatre course: Theatre 6.
(1) Four basic strands--perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation--provide broad, unifying structures for organizing knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Through perceptual studies, students increase their understanding of self and others and develop clear ideas about the world. Through a variety of theatrical experiences, students communicate in a dramatic form, make artistic choices, solve problems, build positive self-concepts, and relate interpersonally.
(2) Students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions through historical and cultural studies in theatre. Student response and evaluation promote thinking and further discriminating judgment, developing students who are appreciative and evaluative consumers of live theatre, film, television, and other technologies.
(c) Knowledge and skills.
(6.1) Perception. The student develops concepts about self, human relationships, and the environment, using elements of drama and conventions of theatre. The student is expected to:
(A) develop characterization based on sensory and emotional recall;
(B) expand body awareness and spatial perceptions, using pantomime;
(C) respond to sounds, music, images, and the written word, incorporating movement;
(D) express emotions and ideas, using interpretive movements and dialogue;
(E) imitate and synthesize life experiences in dramatic play; and
(F) create environments, characters, and actions.
(6.2) Creative expression/performance. The student interprets characters, using the voice and body expressively, and creates dramatizations. The student is expected to:
(A) demonstrate safe use of the voice and body;
(B) imagine and clearly describe characters, their relationships, and their surroundings;
(C) select movements and dialogue to appropriately portray an imaginative character drawn from personal experience, heritage, literature, and history; and
(D) dramatize literary selections in unison, pairs, and groups and incorporate dramatic elements in improvisation.
(6.3) Creative expression/performance. The student applies design, directing, and theatre production concepts and skills. The student is expected to:
(A) define character, environment, action, and theme, using props, costumes, and visual elements collaboratively and safely;
(B) alter space appropriately to create a suitable environment for play-making;
(C) plan brief dramatizations collaboratively; and
(D) interact cooperatively with others in brief dramatizations.
(6.4) Historical/cultural heritage. The student comprehends the relationship of theatre to history, society, and culture. The student is expected to:
(A) demonstrate in dramatic activities that theatre is a reflection of life; and
(B) explain the role of theatre, film, television, and electronic media in American society.
(6.5) Response/evaluation. The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances. The student is expected to:
(A) analyze and apply audience behavior at all performances;
(B) develop simple oral and written observations about visual, aural, oral, and kinetic aspects of informal play-making and formal theatre and describe these components in art, dance, and music;
(C) compare and contrast ideas and emotions depicted in art, dance, music, and theatre and demonstrate uses of movement, music, or visual elements to enhance classroom dramatization; and
(D) compare selected occupations in theatre.