The Arts
Grade 7: Drama and Dance
Overall Expectations
•describe the overall effects of various aspects of drama and dance (i.e., elements, principles, techniques);
•interpret and communicate the meaning of novels, scripts, historical fiction, and other material drawn from a wide variety of sources and cultures, using a variety of drama and dance techniques (e.g., drama anthologies);
•create dance pieces, using a variety of techniques;        
•evaluate, orally and in writing, their own and others' work in drama and dance, using criteria developed by the class;        
•solve, in various ways, a problem that is presented through drama and dance, and explain ways in which each solution is effective;        
•create different interpretations of a single drama or dance work, using available technology for performance.         
Specific Expectations
Knowledge of Elements        
•demonstrate understanding of the motives of the characters they interpret through drama and dance (e.g., explain the motives and accurately represent the attitudes of a character through voice quality, gestures, body movements);        
•write in role in various forms (e.g., reports, speeches, interviews), showing their understanding of the complexity of a dramatic situation, and using appropriate vocabulary, tone, and voice for the character portrayed;        
•use drama and dance vocabulary correctly (e.g., crisis, space, symbol, drama anthology, texture) in analysing the meaning and effect of their own and others' work;        
•explain the significance of the materials, props, costumes, and symbols used in drama and dance;        
•identify ways of sustaining concentration in drama and dance (e.g., remaining in role when playing a character being interviewed);        
•recognize and use criteria for evaluating the quality of drama and dance performances;        
•choose specific kinds of technology to enhance their drama and dance work, and explain their choices (e.g., slide projectors, microphones);        
•identify different theatrical venues and their effect on modes of presentation (e.g., outdoor spaces, theatre in the round).        
Creative Work        
•interpret and present scripts, paying attention to the subtext, characters, and setting;        
•create and present drama anthologies, independently and in a group, manipulating various techniques of drama and dance and incorporating multimedia technology;        
•develop a routine of warm-up exercises and use it regularly before engaging in dance activities;        
•assemble, rehearse, and perform a collection of drama and dance works based on themes and issues drawn from a variety of sources from diverse cultures;        
•communicate abstract ideas through drama and dance (e.g., create a movement composition that is inspired by a set of symbols).         
Critical Thinking        
•evaluate the quality of a drama and a dance performance by writing a review that refers to what was seen, heard, and experienced;        
•identify performance techniques that have an effect on the audience's emotions and senses (e.g., senses of hearing and sight), and evaluate their use in a performance;        
•describe the significance of drama and dance in their lives (e.g., write reflections on their aesthetic experiences in a journal);        
•describe the economic and social impact of drama and dance in our society (e.g., research the role of drama and dance in films and videos, and in television programming);        
•research and dramatize material from various sources (e.g., material from autobiographies, history books);        
•describe how different cultures use drama and dance;        
•describe attitudes and skills needed to organize and perform a group theatrical work.         
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 Expectations: Copyright The Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1998.  Format: Copyright B.Phillips, 1998.