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Theatre Grade 4 

Grade Range:
 Strands emphasized:
Creating; performing; responding, connecting
Course Description:
 This course is intended to meet state and national theatre standards. In grade 4, students focus on envisioning imagined worlds, articulating details of those worlds, and creating characters that live in them. Students work in collaborative teams, use improvisation and other techniques to create original theatrical pieces, participate in the rehearsal process, revise and refine work, participate in group acting exercises, explore technical theatre elements to support storytelling, and perform for peers in informal settings. Observation, reflection, and evaluation skills are more specifically taught, and students are asked to identify how characters change physically when emotions change. Students identify how theatre reflects culture and further investigate theatre history. Special attention is paid to the storytelling traditions in the cultures of the ethnic groups throughout the history of California and the key developments in the entertainment industry in California. Students have the opportunity to compare and contrast the impact of theatre vs. film.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.