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List of Benchmarks for Theatre

Standard 5.Understands how informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions create and communicate meaning
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   1. Knows the difference between pretend and real
  Level II (Grade K-4)
   1. Understands the visual, aural, oral, and kinetic elements of dramatic performances
   2. Understands how the wants and needs of characters are similar to and different from one’s own wants and needs
   3. Provides rationales for personal preferences about the whole as well as the parts of dramatic performances
   4. Knows how alternative ideas can be used to enhance character roles, environments, and situations
   5. Knows appropriate terminology used in analyzing dramatizations (e.g., intent, structure, effectiveness, worth)
   6. Identifies people, events, time, and place in classroom dramatizations
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   1. Understands the effect of publicity, study guides, programs, and physical environments on audience response and appreciation of dramatic performances
   2. Articulates the meanings constructed from one’s own and others’ dramatic performances
   3. Understands the perceived effectiveness of artistic choices found in dramatic performances
   4. Understands the perceived effectiveness of contributions (e.g., as playwrights, actors, designers, directors) to the collaborative process of developing improvised and scripted scenes
   5. Applies research from print and nonprint sources to script writing, acting, design, and directing choices
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Knows how social meanings (aural, oral, and visual symbols with personal and/or social significance) communicated in informal productions, formal productions, and personal performances of different cultures and historical periods can relate to current personal, national, and international issues
   2. Articulates and justifies personal aesthetic criteria for comparing perceived artistic intent with the final aesthetic achievement
   3. Understands how the context in which a dramatic performance is set can enhance or hinder its effectiveness
   4. Knows how varying collaborative efforts and artistic choices can affect the performance of informal and formal productions
   5. Identifies and researches cultural, historical, and symbolic clues in dramatic texts
   6. Understands the validity and practicality of cultural, historical, and symbolic information used in making artistic choices for informal and formal productions