Typhani Harris | August 2014

Standard 1: Lessons & Assessments

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

Standard 1: Lessons & AssessmentsScreen Shot 2014-08-13 at 12.57.31 PMLessons & Assessments, Education ClosetLessons & Assessments, Education ClosetSo, 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:

Lesson Seeds

Math: Grade 1

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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

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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

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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.

Lesson Plan

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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About the Author

Dr. Typhani Harris, author of Putting the Performance in Performance Task and Stop Teaching, brings over 2 decades of educational experience to The Institute. Originally a high school English Language Arts teacher, Dr. Harris transitioned into a dance educator who cultivated an award-winning collegiate style dance education program at a public school in California. Prior to joining the Institute, she was an educational leader and instructional coach specializing in preparing new teachers in secondary urban schools.  As the Executive Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Harris maintains courses, conferences, and the accredited certification program at The Institute.