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Westwood Public Schools K-12 Performing Arts
Elementary Drama Curriculum, Grade 5

Grade 5 Drama is designed to educate students about theatre. Students will learn basic acting techniques and theatre terminology for their grade level. Drama is designed to teach students how to work together in groups, think critically, use their imagination, discover new ideas, and solve problems. Students will learn how to improve their focus, self-confidence, and social skills. Students will be expected to work to the best of their ability to achieve group and individual success.

Instructional goals:

  1. Develop communication skills
  2. Increase confidence in public presentations
  3. Develop skills of social interaction
  4. Clarify student identity
  5. Explore limits and boundaries of human behavior in safe/supervised environment
  6. Explore and learn a range of possible behaviors within life experiences and to build upon these experiences to promote personal and social learning within the context of drama
  7. Reflect/analyze human behaviors; personality types and life situations within the context of drama
  8. Promote creativity by utilizing thinking, feeling and the body in solutions to problems in communication
  9. Develop drama skills
  10. Develop teamwork to accomplish common goals
  11. Integrate students’ understanding and knowledge of drama with the study of other academic disciplines

 

Unit #1

Title
Group Building/Improvisation

Objective

  • Students will experience theater games and activities to build trust and establish positive group dynamics
  • Students will create characters through Pantomime and Tableau
  • Students will learn basic terminology associated with drama
  • Students will learn and demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Duration

4 classes

Activities

  • Group Games
  • Group Improvisations- using pantomime and then using dialogue
  • Creating people and places using tableau work
  • Express people and places through pantomime
  • Create pantomimes and/or written scenes using the 5 W’s

Materials

See specific activities

Assessment

Students will be assessed on participation and effort by teacher observation.

Interdisciplinary Connections

N/A

State Standards

  • Acting 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
  • Reading and Writing Scripts 2.1, 2.5
  • Directing 3.1
  • Technical Theatre 4.1, 4.2
  • Critical Response 5.1

Vocabulary

  • Drama
  • Pantomime
  • Tableau
  • Improvisation
  • Five 5 W’s
  • Properties
  • Beginning-Middle-End
   
Unit #2
Title
Creating Characters

Objectives

  • Students will learn to identify characters and characteristics
  • Students will learn how to create a character
  • Students will learn basic terminology associated with drama
  • Students will learn and demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Duration

4 classes

Activities

  • Character based improvisations
  • Imitating character traits to express a character
  • Creating characters through specific events/ times of day
  • Creating individual characters using neutral scenes (or written scenes)
  • Creating characters from pictures
  • Creating characters using the 5 W’s

Materials

See specific activities

Assessment

Students will be assessed on performance, group participation and effort by teacher observation.

Interdisciplinary Connections

N/A

State Standards

  • Acting 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
  • Reading and Writing Scripts 2.1, 2.5
  • Directing 3.1
  • Technical Theatre 4.1, 4.2
  • Critical Response 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Vocabulary

  • Character
  • Characterization
  • Objective
   
Unit #3
Title
Adapting Literature

Objectives

  • Students will use various techniques to adapt fairy tales into a performance style setting
  • Students will us various techniques to adapt poetry into a performance style setting
  • Students will learn basic terminology associated with drama
  • Students will learn and demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Duration

5 days

Activities

  • Fairy Tale Tableaux
  • Poetry Activities
  • Create a Scene from a dialogue line

Materials

See specific activities

Assessment

Students will be assessed on group performance, group participation and effort.

Interdisciplinary Connections

Literature

State Standards

  • Acting 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
  • Reading and Writing Scripts 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
  • Directing 3.1
  • Technical Theatre 4.1, 4.2
  • Critical Response 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Vocabulary

  • Fairy Tales
  • Performance
  • Scene
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Imagery
  • Adaptation
  • Folktale
  • Variation
   
Unit #4

Objective

  • Students will build upon previously learned skills in order to create a visual story
  • Students will learn basic terminology associated with drama
  • Students will learn and demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Duration

4 days

Activities

  • Process Drama—Greenal/Graynal
  • Process Drama—Scripted

Materials

See specific activities

Assessment

Students will be assessed on group performance, group participation and effort.

Interdisciplinary Connections

Art, Writing

State Standards

  • Acting 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
  • Reading and Writing Scripts 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
  • Directing 3.1
  • Technical Theatre 4.1, 4.2
  • Critical Response 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Vocabulary

 

 

Curriculum
Elementary School Music
Elementary School Drama
Middle School Music
Middle School Drama
High School Music
High School Drama
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