Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.7. Theatre, Grade 1.

(a) Introduction.

(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 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.

(b) Knowledge and skills.

(1.1) 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 confidence and self-awareness through dramatic play;

(B) develop spatial awareness in dramatic play, using expressive and rhythmic movement;

(C) imitate actions and sounds; and

(D) imitate and create animate and inanimate objects in dramatic play.

(1.2) 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 movement and voice;

(B) assume roles through imitation;

(C) dramatize limited-action stories; and

(D) dramatize poems and songs.

(1.3) Creative expression/performance.

The student applies design, directing, and theatre production concepts and skills.

The student is expected to:

(A) select aspects of the environment for use in dramatic play;

(B) adapt the environment for dramatic play, using simple materials;

(C) plan dramatic play; and

(D) cooperate with others in dramatic play.

(1.4) Historical/cultural heritage.

The student relates theatre to history, society, and culture.

The student is expected to:

(A) imitate life experiences from various historical periods in dramatic play; and

(B) identify diverse cultural dimensions in dramatic play.

(1.5) Response/evaluation.

The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.

The student is expected to:

(A) identify appropriate audience behavior;

(B) respond to and begin to evaluate dramatic activities;

(C) identify the use of music, creative movement, and visual components in dramatic play; and

(D) observe the performance of artists and identify theatrical vocations.