Grade 1 Drama and Dance

The ACS Drama and Dance program is guided by the National Core Arts Standards for Theater and Dance. The Dance requirements are also addressed by the SHAPE America Standards that provide guidance for the Physical Education program.

The standards include:

  • CREATING
    • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
    • Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
    • Refine and complete artistic work.
  • PERFORMING/PRESENTING/PRODUCING
    • Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.
    • Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
    • Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
  • RESPONDING
    • Perceive and analyze artistic work.
    • Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
    • Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
  • CONNECTING
    • Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
    • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

For the complete list of standards from PreK through high school, please click below:

Theater standards by grade level.

Dance standards by grade level.

Ensemble Building

Unit Sketch

This unit will introduce students to the class and to each other. They will learn about the Actor's Toolbox and how to use it to have fun and make decisions in class.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • The word Ensemble is defined as a group of people working together as a team.
  • There are clear expectations of behavior and participation in dance and drama class
  • Performers have a toolbox to use to prepare for a performance.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Enter class, put away items and sit down correctly
  • Respond to the call and response technique: Actor's Neutral when doing group work
  • Use gestures to describe the Acting Tools we will use throughout the year
  • Follow class norms: warm-up, using the stage, and ending class

Tableau: Performance Origins

Unit Sketch

In this unit, the class will be creating tableaux (frozen images) in a moving tableau performance. Students will have the chance to learn a basic but essential performance skill: the Tableau while learning theater and dance history and making use of the ensemble skills introduced in the first unit. They will use tableaux in drama and dance up until 12th grade. This unit will also give students the opportunity to comfortably perform in the space with a group of their peers so that they can begin to develop a familiarity with the stage and an audience.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Performance is a way to communicate ideas, values, norms, and information to groups of people.
  • People perform to tell a universal story and share ideas that cross cultural and chronological boundaries.
  • We perform to share stories.
  • Communication is not limited to the voice; we can communicate with our body and our voice to share an idea.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Explain the theory of how performance originated
  • CREATE an effective frozen stage picture (tableau)
  • UNDERSTAND the definition of the word ritual and its significance in performance
  • PERFORM a series of moving tableaux in a small ensemble
  • use body language and effective levels to COMMUNICATE an idea
  • CRITIQUE artistic peer work

Pantomime

Unit Sketch

Students learn that pantomime is the art of creating an object with your body. They will observe and create original pantomimes of their own.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand...

  • That pantomime is the art of creating an object with your body- not becoming the object.
  • The key ways to make an object are: size, shape, weight, function and specificity.
  • The importance of body language and facial expressions.
  • The importance of establishing a location.
  • The basic structure of a scene, using beginning, middle (conflict) and end.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Use their imagination to create an object without using a prop
  • Use their imagination to create a set without using any furniture or objects

Improvisation

Unit Sketch

This unit introduces students to dramatic improvisation - acting with little planning and no script. They will learn the rules of improvising and be able to apply and develop their learning through a series of activities and performances.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • We all have our own imagination and we use courage and curiosity to make theater.
  • Performers have a toolbox they use to prepare for a performance.
  • Performers use big body and voice choices to express their character’s ideas.
  • Performers use what they know and have learned to understand theater.
  • Performers think about their choices in dance and drama to become a better person everywhere.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Create a scene without planning
  • Devise and perform an impromptu story with a classmate
  • Use skills learned in the previous units: Ensemble, Physical Expression and Pantomime

Process Drama

Unit Sketch

This unit combines the key elements explored through the year: the Actor's Toolbox, Tableau, Pantomime, and Improvisation into a long form improvisation in which students make choices in character and reflect on what the theme means to them personally. Students will spend the unit telling one guided improvised story.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

People perform to share stories.

Performers use big body and voice choices to express their character’s ideas.

Performers think about their choices in dance and drama to become a better person everywhere.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Create a character and make physical choices to contribute to the story
  • Apply their personal experiences to a fictional story
  • Demonstrate their understanding of tableau, physical expression, pantomime and improvisation