Pantomime for Middle School–8th Grade MCA

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Task: Students will create, rehearse, revise and perform a short pantomime in small groups, with a beginning, conflict and ending resolution that expressed meaning, emotion and character. Keep an eye on students 24, 25 & 26 in this performance who scored at standard.

Student work: 2015-8th-P performance video
Teacher Tool: 2015-8th-MCA
Grade Level: 6th – 8th

National Theatre Standards:

CREATING Envision/ Conceptualize
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:Cr1.1.8.c. Develop a scripted or improvised character by articulating the character’s inner thoughts, objectives, and motivations in 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:Cr2.1.8.b. Share leadership and responsibilities to develop collaborative goals when preparing or devising drama/theatre work.

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:Cr3.1.8.b. Refine effective physical, vocal, and physiological traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

Enduring Understanding: Prepare Theatre artists develop personal processes and skills for a performance or design.
Essential Question: What can I do to fully prepare a performance or technical design?
Anchor Standard: #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Pr5.1.8.a. Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

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:Pr6.1.8.a. Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists apply criteria to investigate, explore, and assess drama and theatre work.
Essential Question: How are the theatre artist’s processes and the audience’s perspectives impacted by analysis and synthesis?
Anchor Standard: #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH:Re9.1.8.a. Respond to a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence, personal aesthetics, and artistic criteria.

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

Student Performance Video:

Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 3: 8th Grade MCA--Pantomime

This teacher tool provides a Theatre Model Cornerstone Assessment for Grade 8 for the artistic processes of Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting.

Students will create, rehearse, revise, and present a short pantomime in the form of a story with a beginning, conflict, and ending resolution that expresses meaning, emotion, and character. This pantomime will be done in small groups around a theme that involves solving a community issue (e.g. need for a new park, clean ground water, healthier cafeteria food). Proficiency will be demonstrated through the use of facial expression, gesture, full body movement (stage picture), movement in space (blocking), and cessation of movement (tableau). Although done in small groups, the assessment should be done individually.