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Theatre 5th–8th Intermediate  (1458)

Grade Range:
 Theatre 5th–8th Beginning , and teacher recommendation
 Course duration:
 One or two semesters
 This course must be taught by a teacher with the appropriate credential and who preferably has a theater background.
Course Description:
 This is the second course in a sequential series of standards-based theatre courses designed for the middle-school level. The course continues the exploration of the elements of theatre through creating, performing, responding and connecting to the real world. Topics include building additional knowledge and skills in theatre vocabulary, pantomime, improvisation, dialogue, playwriting, the actor’s tools, character creation and use of objectives, given circumstances, rehearsal, formal and informal performance for an audience, reflection and interpretation. This next level introduces problem solving through script analysis, creative staging of a theatrical piece, and further investigation of design and technical theatre. Students are expected to describe their artistic process and make connections to personal and cultural experiences. Students research and create projects related to world theatre history. Students must work in collaborative teams and demonstrate strong ensemble skills.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Theatre 5th–8th Intermediate Instructional Guide.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.