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Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography

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Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography

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5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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Related Academic Standards
  • Big Ideas
    Artists use tools and resources as well as their own experiences and skills to create art.
    The arts provide a medium to understand and exchange ideas.
    The skills, techniques, elements and principles of the arts can be learned, studied, refined and practiced.
    There are formal and informal processes used to assess the quality of works in the arts.
  • Concepts
    A personalized rehearsal schedule can help a musician improve his or her skills.
    Actors utilize dialogue and action from a script and their own imaginations to bring characters to life.
    Artistic practice often involves collaboration among groups of people.
    Artists document ideas and observations through journals, sketchbooks, samples, models, photographs and/or electronic files/portfolios.
    Art-making is a continual process of planning, creating, and refining.
    Dancers and choreographers use elements of space, time and energy to create, notate, and perform dance.
    Dancers and choreographers use various musical rhythms and genres to create, notate, and perform dance.
    Describing a work of art is an important component in forming a judgment about its quality.
    Designers draw inspiration from many things including objects, music, environments and other artist’s work.
    Different groups of voices and/or instruments have different sounds.
    Directors and actors analyze the script and understand the motivations and behaviors of the characters.
    Directors and actors use and record planned stage movement and actions that focus audience attention.
    Music may be performed as a singular art form or in combination with the elements and principles of dance, theatre or visual arts.
    Musicians rehearse to improve their skills.
    People can create music that reflects personal experiences.
    People use the elements and principles of art as tools for artistic expression.
    People use the elements and principles of music as tools for artistic expression.
    People who perform theatre critique their own and other’s performances in order to improve.
    Play production is the collaborative effort of many kinds of theatre artists.
    Playwrights use plot to convey their ideas about the theme.
    Playwrights use their knowledge, ideas and experiences to create plays.
    The artist’s creative process is reflective work that happens over time to integrate knowledge, solve problems, and synthesize ideas.
    The elements of music are shared through a universal system of musical notation that has changed through time.
    Theatre artists read, discuss and analyze plays.
    Theatre artists use contemporary technology to establish a setting, convey a mood, illustrate a theme, and/or help tell a story.
    Theatre artists use costumes, scenery, music and special effects to convey meaning.
    Dancers and choreographers use a variety of movement qualities and characteristics to learn and study dance.
    Dancers and choreographers use transitions and choreographic structures to arrange ideas.
    The process of reflection and revision help dancers and choreographers to improve their works.
  • Competencies
    Analyze scenes from plays for conflict, action and character motivation.
    Choose an object or work of art that expresses the theme of a play; use elements from this object or work to design a costume, scenic element, prop, light or sound effect; and explain choices made in an artist’s statement.
    Choreograph, notate and perform complex dance sequences in various forms using elements of space, time and energy.
    Choreograph, notate and perform dance that explores a variety of movement qualities and characteristics.
    Choreograph, notate and perform dance that uses transitions and simple choreographic structures to arrange ideas.
    Choreograph, notate, and perform dances for flexible groups with multiple movement phrases using various musical rhythms and genres.
    Collaborate with other artists to explore and invent unique solutions to problems.
    Create a detailed description of a work of art and identify aspects of the work that might affect its value.
    Create a musical work that tells a story about personal experiences.
    Create a personalized rehearsal schedule and predict how each element of the schedule will affect their skills.
    Create an original play script inspired by the theme of a folktale.
    Create and edit a five-minute video illustrating a theme.
    Create and record blocking for a play or a scene, including entrances and exits, stage pictures and use of levels and space for emphasis.
    Create, notate and perform music that incorporates elements and principles from different arts disciplines.
    Document the evolution of an idea by maintaining a process portfolio.
    Document the process of reflection and revision while choreographing and rehearsing works in dance.
    Document the reflective process and explain how reflection assists in integrating knowledge, solving problems and synthesizing ideas.
    Document the rehearsal process and explain how it affects performance.
    Experiment with different instrument/voice groupings and explain how those choices affect the music.
    Given a theme, improvise a plot, characters, dialogue and actions with a partner, and record the dialogue and actions as a written play script.
    Identify and analyze plot, character, setting and theme in plays.
    Identify and explain the different roles required to produce a fully-staged production.
    Identify how notation has changed through time and perform and notate music using modern musical notation.
    Improvise scenery to show setting and mood of a scene using fabric, and found items and justify the choices made.
    Manipulate line, shape, etc. to plan and create pieces of art that express multiple ideas or a range of emotions.
    Manipulate rhythm, melody, form, etc. to create, notate and perform pieces of music that express multiple ideas or a range of emotions.
    Rehearse and perform a memorized monologue, making voice and movement choices to bring the character to life.
    Take turns as actor and audience, performing, critiquing, rehearsing and revising.
    While engaged in the art-making process, document the phases of planning, creating, and refining, and describe the purposes of these steps.


In this lesson, students will create movement patterns that express information about the basic systems, organs, and processes of the human body. They will work in pairs and in groups to make movement choices that communicate scientific concepts in creative movement, and make inquiries, through research and movement experimentation, into the ways in which the body's systems work and how those systems interact.

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