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Topic: Critically evaluating visual and performing arts 

Art Connections

 Standard 1.  Understands connections among the various art forms and other disciplines
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how the characteristic materials of various arts (e.g., sound in music, visual stimuli in visual arts, movement in dance, human interrelationships in theatre) are used to transform similar events, scenes, emotions, or ideas into distinct works of art
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how the characteristic materials of various arts are used to transform similar events into distinct works of art
     2.Understands how the characteristic materials of various arts are used to transform similar scenes into distinct works of art
     3.Understands how the characteristic materials of various arts are used to transform similar emotions into distinct works of art
     4.Understands how the characteristic materials of various arts are used to transform similar ideas into distinct works of art
     5.Understands how sound in music transforms a similar event, scene, emotion, or idea into distinct a work of art
     6.Understands how visual stimuli in visual arts transforms a similar event, scene, emotion, or idea into distinct a work of art
     7.Understands how movement in dance transforms a similar event, scene, emotion, or idea into distinct a work of art
     8.Understands how interrelationships in theatre transform a similar event, scene, emotion, or idea into distinct a work of art
   Benchmark 2.Understands characteristics of works in various art forms that share similar subject matter, historical periods, or cultural context
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands characteristics of works of art in various art forms that share a similar subject matter
     2.Understands characteristics of works of art in various art forms that share a similar historical context
     3.Understands characteristics of works of art in various art forms that share a similar cultural context
   Benchmark 3.Understands the characteristics and presentation of characters, environments, and actions in the various art forms
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the characteristics of characters in various art forms
     2.Understands the presentation of characters in various art forms
     3.Understands the characteristics of environments in various art forms
     4.Understands the presentation of environments in various art forms
     5.Understands the characteristics of actions in various art forms
     6.Understands the presentation of actions in various art forms
   Benchmark 6.Understands the functions and interaction between performing and visual artists and audience members in theatre, dance, music, and visual arts
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the function of artists in theatre
     2.Understands the function of audience members in theatre
     3.Understands the interactions of artists and audience members in theatre
     4.Understands the function of artists in dance
     5.Understands the function of audience members in dance
     6.Understands the interactions of artists and audience members in dance
     7.Understands the function of artists in music
     8.Understands the function of audience members in music
     9.Understands the interactions of artists and audience members in music
     10.Understands the function of artists in visual arts
     11.Understands the function of audience members in visual arts
     12.Understands the interactions of artists and audience members in visual arts
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows ways in which various arts media can be integrated
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that media from the various arts can be integrated
   Benchmark 2.Knows how characteristics of the arts vary within a particular historical period or style and how these characteristics relate to ideas, issues, or themes in other disciplines
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how characteristics of the arts vary within a particular historical period
     2.Knows how characteristics of the arts vary within a particular style
     3.Knows how the varying characteristics of the arts relate to ideas in other disciplines
     4.Knows how the varying characteristics of the arts relate to issues of other disciplines

Arts and Communication

 Standard 2.  Knows and applies appropriate criteria to arts and communication products
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 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)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows specific criteria used to make informed, critical evaluations of the quality of the visual arts
     2.Knows specific criteria used to make informed, critical evaluations of the quality of the performing arts
     3.Knows specific criteria used to make informed, critical evaluations of the effectiveness of the visual arts
     4.Knows specific criteria used to make informed, critical evaluations of the effectiveness of the performing arts
     5.Understands the importance of unity in music
     6.Understands the importance of variety in music
     7.Understands the importance of consistency in music
     8.Understands the importance of using resources in music
     9.Understands specific criteria used to analyze the quality of scripts in theatre
     10.Understands specific criteria used to analyze the quality of acting in theatre
     11.Understands specific criteria used to analyze the quality of design in theatre
     12.Understands specific criteria used to analyze the quality of direction in theatre
     13.Understands specific criteria used to evaluate tone in vocal performance
     14.Understands specific criteria used to evaluate blend in vocal performance
     15.Understands specific criteria used to evaluate balance in vocal performance
 Standard 3.  Uses critical and creative thinking in various arts and communication settings
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 5.Understands the role of criticism and revision in the arts and communication
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the role of criticism in the arts