Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.13. Theatre, Grade 3.

(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 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.

(b) Knowledge and skills.

(3.1) 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) react to sensory and emotional experiences;

(B) create playing space, using expressive and rhythmic movement;

(C) respond to sound, music, images, and the written word with voice and movement and participate in dramatic play, using actions, sounds, and dialogue; and

(D) reflect the environment, portray character, and demonstrate actions in classroom dramatizations.

(3.2) 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) participate in a variety of roles in real life and imaginative situations through narrative pantomime, dramatic play, and story dramatization;

(C) dramatize literary selections, using shadow play and puppetry; and

(D) dramatize literary selections, using pantomime and imitative dialogue.

(3.3) Creative expression/performance.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) identify technical theatre elements;

(B) begin to use simple technical theatre elements;

(C) plan dramatic play; and

(D) cooperate and interact with others in dramatic play.

(3.4) Historical/cultural heritage.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) illustrate similarities and differences in life and theatre through dramatic play; and

(B) reflect historical and diverse cultural influences in dramatic activities.

(3.5) Response/evaluation.

The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.

The student is expected to:

(A) evaluate and apply appropriate audience behavior consistently;

(B) evaluate simple dramatic activities and performances;

(C) incorporate music, movement, and visual components in dramatic play; and

(D) observe the performance of amateur and professional artists and begin to compare vocations in theatre.