Grade 3 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:

Ensemble Building (2020-2021 School Year)

Unit Sketch

This unit will reintroduce students to the class and introduce students to each other. They will review about the Actor's Toolbox, Class expectations, theater ensemble games, stage directions, critiquing and how to use them 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.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Enter and start class without help and effectively
  • CREATE Warm-ups for each class
  • EVALUATE and critique their own participation

Ensemble Building for Dance (Current School Year)

Unit Sketch

We will start the year by reviewing norms and expectations, and reconnecting or getting to know each other as peers. Students will be reminded of expectations entering and leaving the room, and review dance class norms to start the year.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • An Ensemble is a group of people working together to achieve something.
  • Each member of the class is responsible for the success of the class.
  • We practice ACS Core Values and Approaches to Learning in Drama & Dance.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Enter and start class without prompt
  • Review putting a dance sequence together
  • Review putting a scene together as an ensemble

World Dance

Unit Sketch

In this unit students will learn:

  • A variety of movement specific to one culture or region OR
  • Movement from different cultures and regions

If time permits they will be tasked with creating movement that represents ACS culture.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Dancers use their own life to interpret the viewing, creation and performance of dance
  • Before dancers learn a dance - they ask why it is danced.
  • Criteria for evaluating dance vary across genres, styles, and cultures. (The culture and type of dance decides if a dance is good or not.)
  • We use the things we learn, see and hear in our own life to create and express movement.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Experience dance movements from the culture or region introduced
  • Identify key characteristics of that shared group
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a shared dance
  • Create a class dance

Physical Expression, Pantomime and Improvisation Review Unit

Unit Sketch

Students will learn and review pantomime and improvisation. They will observe others and create original performances.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Expressions and gestures can be used to tell a story
  • Performers use body language to communicate
  • Pantomime is the art of creating an object with your body
  • Improvisation is performing without a script

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Create believable objects with their body
  • Improvise a scene with a beginning, middle and end using several pantomimed props

Tech Theater

Unit Sketch

Students will be introduced to technical theater: Lights, Sound, Set and Costume. They will learn the basic conventions of all departments and the importance of color and using motif to tell a story like in dance. They will then learn practical methods to apply to making creative tech choices in a performance.

Students will be introduced to the backstage aspect of live performance. They will learn about the four main functions of the four technical theatre departments: Lights, Sound, Set and Costume and use a short story to create their own technical choices.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Performers can communicate with their body and voice as well as technical elements to share an idea.
  • Performers match the story’s main idea to the colors and sounds they choose to convey meaning.
  • Performers have their own imagination and use courage and curiosity to make theater.
  • Performers use their own life to give meaning to the plays they watch and the drama they create.
  • Rehearsing work over and over makes it better.
  • Performers use Praise, Question and Polish to assess their work and other’s work.
  • Performers think about their choices in dance and drama to become a better person everywhere.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Make and execute technical choices using lights, sound, set and costumes
  • Design a show
  • Use flashlights, props, boxes and found objects to create a production
  • Create chronological choices in lighting and sound to enhance a live performance
  • Plan out a costume and set piece and implement it on stage
  • Make design choices with justification

Scene Study

Unit Sketch

Students will discuss, analyze, rehearse and perform a short scene in groups or as a monologue. They will learn how to break a scene down into beats, make personal connections with the story, apply stage directions and the Actor's Toolbox to block a scene and work together to convey an overall concept to the audience.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Theater artists make connections to their other classes, school, peers, and their community when experiencing and creating theatre.
  • Theater artists use their own life to give meaning to the plays they watch and the drama they create.
  • Theater artists have their own imagination and we use courage and curiosity to make theatre
  • Theater artists can communicate with their body and voice as well as technical elements to share an idea.
  • Rehearsing work over and over makes it better.
  • Theater artists use big body and voice choices to express their character’s idea.
  • Theater artists have a toolbox that they use to prepare for a performance.
  • Theater artists perform to share stories.
  • Theater artists think about their choices in dance and drama to become a better person everywhere.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Collaborate to determine how characters might move and speak to support the story and given circumstances in drama/theatre work
  • Participate in methods of investigation to devise original ideas for a drama/theatre work
  • Compare ideas with peers and make selections that will enhance and deepen group drama/theatre work
  • Collaborate with peers to revise, refine, and adapt ideas to fit the given parameters of a drama theatre work
  • Participate and contribute to physical and vocal exploration in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work
  • Investigate how movement and voice are incorporated into drama/theatre work
  • Participate in a variety of physical, vocal, and cognitive exercises that can be used in a group setting for drama/theatre work
  • Practice drama/theatre work and share reflections individually and in small groups
  • Understand why artistic choices are made in a drama/theatre work
  • Consider multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work
  • Examine how connections are made between oneself and a character’s emotions in drama/theatre work
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to make connections to community and culture in a drama/theatre work

Musical Theatre

Unit Sketch

In this Unit, Students will combine what they have learned about Drama with what they have learned about Dance to explore the genre of Musical Theatre. They will learn what Musical Theatre is, view some pieces and then perform a song number from a musical. If this Unit can be extended - students will be able to choreograph and block a small part of their own musical theater number in groups.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • The job of the performer is to entertain the audience by communicating a clear story using the Dance Elements, Actor’s Toolbox and Technical Theater.
  • I use what I have learned to understand theatre.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Execute blocking while singing/speaking
  1. Execute learned choreography
  2. Perform a musical theatre number