Grade 8, Dance

Standards:

CA CCSS Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subject (RST)
8.9:
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Grade 8
VAPA, Dance, Aesthetic Valuing
4.2
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of various technologies in the presentation of dance (e.g. video, film, computer, DVD, recorded music).

Lesson Idea:

Students in dance class are studying various dances as examples of dances done by royalty. The teacher has engaged the students in generating a list of all the names of the steps and formations and posted them on the wall as supports for all students, especially visual and language learners. The students are then asked to recreate one dance from the written choreography and another dance from a video recording of the dance. Students work in small groups to engage in this task.

Students are later asked: "Which method, either the written choreography or the video recording, was most helpful and why?"