Each month I will be highlighting the anchor standards for Dance, and today starts the first of an 11-part series that will breakdown and analyze each standard, and provide lesson seed, samples, lessons and assessments. Let’s take a look at the first anchor standard: Standard_1
So, for anchor standard 1 we are focusing on the artistic process of creating and the component of exploring. The enduring understanding is analyzing what sources of inspiration choreographers use to generate work. Although the anchor standard does not change as the grade level progresses, the expectations continue to advance. This is a great standard to integrate into other core standards:
Math: Grade 1
Have students generate movement based on addition and subtraction. Use bodies as numbers and offer students a visual of adding, subtracting, taking from, putting together, and comparing.
English Language Arts: Grade 4
Have students use movement to represent various themes presented in their novels. This will assess students recognition of themes and well as assessing their ability to generate movement that resembles the themes.
Next Generation Science: Grade 6-8
Movement is an engaging way to assess the many chemical reactions in science studies. Have students generate movement based on the chemical reaction. Have them create costumes (they can be as simple as symbols pinned to their clothing) to help the audience recognize the scientific matter being represented.
Dance: Grade 9-12
Title: Compositional Prop Study
Materials: various items (brush, hanger, remote control, balloons, broom, computer cord, etc.)
Note: Remember that a true prop study will explore how the prop can move alone and the relationship between the dancer and the prop. The prop must be seen as an additional dancer in the piece, not just an inanimate object, so it is important to involve the prop in the design of the composition.
Activity: place all of the props in the center of the room, give students about 2 minutes (per prop) to explore movement with the various props. After they have had the chance to move with multiple props, have them choose one prop to be the foundation of their prop study.
Write: have student brainstorm their prop study by designing a mind map. Place the item in the middle of the map and branch words that come to mind when thinking about their specific prop.
Compose: Use the map to generate phrases of movement for each word associated with the prop. Be sure to explore the elements of movement (Body, Energy, Space, and Time). Combine the phrases utilizing transitions to make a complete prop composition.
Perform: Perform the prop pieces for the class. Have the audience critique using A-R and T (Affirmation, Reflection, Translation) of the ARTISTIC Critique. Have audience members title the piece based on their critiques.
Standard 1 is essentially the easiest standard to integrate into all subjects, because it is the foundation of generating movement, and movement can come from ANYWHERE!!! Try to use one of your core lessons as an inspiration for movement within your class!
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Typhani Harris is a dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). Recently, she has made a cross-country move and is now an instructional coach in Brooklyn, New York. Having begun as a high school English teacher, it has been her mission to bring theory and research into the traditional dance class, and in 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education. Typhani is currently on a mission to help teachers Stop Teaching and Start Reaching their students, check out the unTeacher Lab at stopteaching.org