Subject:

Dance

Thematic Scenario:

Do You Want To Dance?

Contexts\Outcomes:

Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the perspectives of dance in the selected cultures and can apply this knowledge to their own culture.

Learn from Selected Countries/Cultures:

Knowledge of cultural practices in selected cultures
Background dance knowledge in selected cultures (origin, style, traditional vs. modern, costumes, etc.)

Strategies:

Research:
Students use photographs and background information, such as style of music, to explore the subtleties of dance from the selected culture.
Students use available resources, including the Internet, to research dance in the selected culture.
Class Activities:
Students view and discuss videos of dances from the selected culture.
Students attend a performance of dance from the selected culture.
Students observe guest performances of authentic dances.
Cooperative Learning:
Students present research information to the class.
Students choreograph a dance from selected culture and teach it to the rest of the class.
Students plan, perform, and video a dance from selected culture.

Assessments:

Written Project:
Students research dance styles in selected culture, meeting specific criteria.
Oral Presentations:
Students present research information to the class, meeting rubric criteria.
Students choreograph a dance from selected culture and teach it to the rest of the class, meeting checklist criteria.
Students plan, perform, and video a dance from selected culture, meeting portfolio criteria.

Resources:

Internet research/resources
Library research/resources
Authentic cultural materials
Videos
Guest speakers
Community resources
Dance instructors