Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.37. Theatre, Grade 7.

(a) General requirements.

Students may select the following theatre course: Theatre 7.

(b) 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.

(c) Knowledge and skills.

(7.1) 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 and apply theatre preparation and warm-up techniques;

(C) create expressive and rhythmic movements;

(D) express thoughts and feelings, using effective voice and diction;

(E) compare and contrast dramatic performances to life; and

(F) include setting, character, and plot in improvised scenes.

(7.2) 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) define characters by what they do, what they say, and what others say about them;

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

(D) create and improvise collaboratively and individually stories that have a beginning (exposition), middle (climax), and ending (denouement, resolution).

(7.3) Creative expression/performance.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) determine specific technical elements to safely provide setting and to support character and action in improvised and scripted scenes;

(B) create elements of scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costume, makeup, and publicity appropriate to specific performances;

(C) define the role of the director; and

(D) direct brief dramatizations.

(7.4) Historical/cultural heritage.

The student relates theatre to history, society, and culture

The student is expected to:

(A) demonstrate in performances that theatre is a reflection of life in particular times, places, and cultures; and

(B) identify how specific dramatic texts, theatre traditions, and conventions reflect theatre heritage and explains the influences of theatre, film, and television in daily American life.

(7.5) Response/evaluation.

The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances.

The student is expected to:

(A) identify and demonstrate appropriate audience behavior at various types of performances;

(B) evaluate the effectiveness of selected film and television performances;

(C) identify visual, aural, oral, and kinetic components in art, dance, music, and theatre; compare and contrast the presentation of the same subject in art, dance, music, and theatre; and create improvisations, integrating art, dance, and/or music to express ideas and emotions; and

(D) compare career and avocational opportunities in theatre.