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National Standards 5-8

National Standards 5-8 - ARTSEDGE The National Standards...

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1/15/09 5:40 PM ARTSEDGE: The National Standards for Arts Education Page 1 of 9 http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teach/standards/standards_58.cfm GRADES 5-8 CONTENT AND ACHIEVEMENT STANDARDS Except as noted, the standards in this section describe the cumulative skills and knowledge expected of all students upon exiting grade 8. Students in grades 5-7 should engage in developmentally appropriate learning experiences to prepare them to achieve these standards at grade 8. These standards presume that the students have achieved the standards specified for grades K-4; they assume that the students will demonstrate higher levels of the expected skills and knowledge, will deal with increasingly complex art works, and will provide more sophisticated responses to works of art. Determining the curriculum and the specific instructional activities necessary to achieve the standards is the responsibility of states, local school districts, and individual teachers. Dance (5-8) | Music (5-8) | Theatre (5-8) | Visual Arts (5-8) DANCE (5-8) Through creating, performing, and responding to dance, middle school students can continue to develop skills and knowledge that enhance the important development of self-image and social relationships. Cooperation and collaboration are emphasized at this age, fostering positive interactions. Dance education can offer a positive, healthy alternative to the many destructive choices available to adolescents. Students are encouraged to take more responsibility for the care, conditioning, and health of their bodies (both within and outside the dance class), thus learning that self-discipline is a prerequisite for achievement in dance. Students in grades 5-8 develop a sense of themselves in relation to others and in relation to the world. As a result, they are ready to respond more thoughtfully to dance, to perceive details of style and choreographic structure, and to reflect upon what is communicated. The study of dance provides a unique and valuable insight into the culture or period from which it has come. Informed by social and cultural experiences, movement concepts, and dance-making processes, students integrate dance with other art forms. Content Standard #1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance Achievement Standard: Students demonstrate the following movement skills and explain the underlying principles: alignment, balance, initiation of movement, articulation of isolated body parts, weight shift, elevation and landing, fall and recovery Students accurately identify and demonstrate basic dance steps, positions, and patterns for dance from two different styles or traditions (e.g., ballet, square, Ghanasian, Middle Eastern, modern) Students accurately transfer a spatial pattern from the visual to the kinesthetic Students accurately transfer a rhythmic pattern from the aural to the kinesthetic Students identify and clearly demonstrate a range of dynamics / movement qualities Students demonstrate increasing kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills
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