EdTA MCA 2: Adapting a Character–5th Grade MCA

Task: Students will improvise a scene from a work of literature or a folk story, using physical and vocal characterizations. Students 1 & 4 in this performance scored at standard.

Student work: 2015-5th-P performance video
Teacher Tool: 2015-5th-MCA
Grade Level: 3 – 5th

National Theatre Standards:

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists rely on intuition, curiosity and critical inquiry.
Essential Question: What happens when theatre artists use their imaginations and/or learned theatre skills while engaging in creative exploration and inquiry?
Anchor Standard: #1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr1.1.5a. Identify physical qualities that might reveal a character’s inner traits in the imagined world of a drama/theatre work.

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists work to discover different ways of communicating meaning. Essential Question: How, when, and why do theatre artists’ choices change?
Anchor Standard #2 Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: Th:Cr2.1.5a. Devise original ideas for a drama/theatre work that reflect collective inquiry about characters and their given circumstances.

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists refine their work and practice their craft through rehearsal. Essential Question: How do theatre artists transform and edit their initial ideas?
Anchor Standard: #3 Refine and complete artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Cr3.1.1.5a. Revise and improve an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work through repetition and self- review.

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists make strong choices to effectively convey meaning.
Essential Question: Why are strong choices essential to interpreting a drama or theatre piece?
Anchor Standard: #4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr4.1.5.a.Describe the underlying thoughts and emotions that create dialogue and action in a drama/theatre work.

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists share and present stories, ideas, and envisioned worlds to explore the human experience.
Essential Question: What happens when theatre artists and audiences share a creative experience? Anchor Standard: #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr6.1.5. a. Present drama/theatre work informally to an audience.

Reflect
Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists reflect to understand the impact of drama processes and theatre experiences.
Essential Question: How do theatre artists comprehend the essence of drama processes and theatre experiences?
Anchor Standard: #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Re7.1.5.a. Explain personal reactions to artistic choices made in a drama/theatre work through participation and observation.

National Core Arts Standards © 2015 State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) on behalf of NCCAS. All rights reserved. www.nationalartsstandards.org

Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 2: 5th Grade MCA--Adapting a Character from Literature or Folk Story Into an Improvised Scene

This teacher tool provides a Theatre Model Cornerstone Assessment for Grade 5 for the artistic processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding.

Students will use physical and vocal characterization to interpret, through a planned improvisation, a scene from a work of literature or folk story. They will perform their improvisation for an audience and will reflect on a peer’s performance using drama/theatre vocabulary.

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