Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.19. Theatre, Grade 5.

(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.

(5.1) 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, using sensory and emotional recall;

(B) develop body awareness and spatial perceptions, using pantomime;

(C) respond to sounds, music, images, and the written word, using movement;

(D) express emotions and relate ideas, using interpretive movement and dialogue;

(E) integrate life experiences in dramatic play; and

(F) portray environment, characterization, and actions.

(5.2) 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) describe characters, their relationships, and their surroundings in detail;

(C) select movements and portray a character, using dialogue appropriately; and

(D) dramatize literary selections in pairs and various groupings and create simple stories collaboratively in improvisations and story dramatizations, describing the characters, their relationships, and their environments and demonstrating a logical connection of events.

(5.3) 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;

(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.

(5.4) Historical/cultural heritage.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) relate theatre to life in particular times, places, and cultures; and

(B) analyze the role of live theatre, film, television, and electronic media in American society.

(5.5) Response/evaluation.

The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.

The student is expected to:

(A) analyze and apply appropriate audience behavior at a variety of performances;

(B) define 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 theatre, dance, music, and art and select and explain the use of movement, music, or visual elements to enhance classroom dramatizations; and

(D) analyze and compare theatre artists and their contributions.