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Do You Want to Dance?

  

Thematic Unit Title:

 

Do You Want To Dance?

Subject:

Dance

Goals:

1. Communicate in Languages Other than English
2. Gain knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
4. Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Standards:

1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the perspectives and products/contributions of the cultures studied.
4.2 Students recognize that cultures use different patterns of interaction and can apply this knowledge to their own culture.

Contexts\Outcomes:

Students engage in conversations, express feelings and emotions, demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the perspectives of dance in the target culture, and can apply this knowledge to their own culture.

Progress Indicators Goal 1:

 

Progress Indicators Goal 2:

 

1.1B Express basic courtesies.
Incorporate appropriate gestures into conversations.
Converse using language and behaviors that are appropriate to the setting
1.1F Respond to one-on-one interactions.
Exchange information with peers and others.
1.1G Ask and answer simple questions.
Provide and request clarification.
2.2A Identify the relationship between cultural perspectives and products/contributions as represented in expressive forms of the culture studied; such as, art, literature, music, dance, etc.
Analyze the relationship between cultural perspectives and products/contributions as represented in expressive forms of the culture studied; such as, art, literature, music, dance, etc.
2.2C Identify the expressive forms of the target culture.
Analyze the expressive forms of the target culture; such as, art, literature, music, dance, etc.

Progress Indicators Goal 3:

 

Progress Indicators Goal 4:

 

4.2A Identify the similarities and differences between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture using evidence from authentic sources.
Analyze the similarities and differences between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture using evidence from authentic sources.
4.2B Identify similar and different behavioral patterns between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture.
Compare and contrast similar and different behavioral patterns between the target culture(s) and the student’s own culture.
4.2C Identify the contributions of the target culture(s) to the student’s own culture.
Identify the impact of the contributions of the target culture(s) on the student’s own culture.

Progress Indicators Goal 5:

 

Essential Skills\Knowledge:

 

Topic specific vocabulary (relating to dance, directions, numbers, body parts)
Command form of verbs (including shake, hop, wiggle, take your partner…)
Knowledge of cultural practices
Background dance knowledge (origin, style, traditional vs. modern, costumes, etc.)

Assessments:

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

Instructional Strategies:

 

Research:
Students use photographs and background information, such as style of music, to explore the subtleties of dance from the target culture.
Students use available resources, including the Internet, to research dance in the target culture.
Class Activities:
Students view and discuss videotapes of dances from the target culture.
Students attend a performance of dance from the target culture. (Subject to availability)
Students observe guest performances of authentic dances. (Subject to availability)
Students use TPR to perform commands and body parts.
Cooperative Learning:
Students present research information to the class.
Students choreograph a dance from the target culture and teach it to the rest of the class.
Students plan, perform, and videotape a dance from the target culture.

Resources:

Textbook
Internet
Library resources
Realia
Videotapes
Guest Speakers
Community resources

Other Resources:

Dance Instructors