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Standard 2.Knows and applies appropriate criteria to arts and communication products
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Knows and use the terminology of evaluation to make judgements about different art forms (e.g., musical and theatrical performances, works of art)
   2. Understands the process of critiquing one’s own work and the work of others (e.g., making choices, forming judgments, expressing preferences based on personal and art criticism criteria)
   3. Knows ways in which to evaluate the sincerity and credibility of various media messages and productions (e.g., detect gender and ethnic bias; compare print and non-print versions of the same story, assess facts of news media for completeness, bias, accuracy and relevance; detect emotional appeals and propaganda devices; evaluating ad campaigns for various products)
   4. Knows specific criteria used to make informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of the visual and performing arts (e.g., the importance of unity or variety, consistency, and use of resources in music; specific criteria used in analyzing the quality of scripts, acting, design, and direction in theatre; the importance of tone, blend, and balance in vocal performance)
   5. Knows and applies criteria to evaluate industrial arts products (e.g., design craftsmanship, function, and aesthetic qualities)
   6. Understands the possible artistic merit of visual forms that are not classified as works of art (e.g., applying criteria used in judging artworks to evaluate common man-made and natural objects)
   7. Uses criteria and judgment to determine the differences between the artist’s intent and public interpretation
   8. Critiques art works in terms of the historical and cultural context in which they were created (e.g., critiquing the musical compositions of Mozart in terms of other musical compositions of the Classic era)