Wachusett Regional School District
Wachusett Mountain

District Frameworks - The Arts

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STRAND THREE

Connecting and Contributing

Learning in the Arts through Connecting and Contributing is represented by four Learning Standards:

  • Learning Standard 5:  Lifelong learners investigate the cultural and historical contexts of the Arts.
  • Learning Standard 6:  Lifelong learners integrate the Arts and make connections among the Arts and other disciplines.
  • Learning Standard 7:  Lifelong learners use technology in order to create, perform, and conduct research in the Arts.
  • Learning Standard 8:  Lifelong learners participate in the community's cultural artistic life.

LEARNING STANDARD FIVE

Students will investigate the cultural and historical contexts of the Arts.

Creators and performers of dance, music, theater, and visual arts both reflect and shape their society's values. Students and teachers know that the Arts provide significant insights into understanding cultures and history. As they research the Arts in their cultural contexts, learners ask Essential Questions such as these:

  • How is expression in the arts similar and different across cultures? 
  • How do artists take inspiration from their own time and culture? 
  • How does one's own cultural heritage affect perception of art works from another time or place? 

K - 4 Standards

  • Identify similarities and differences of works of dance, music, theater and visual art from diverse cultures within and outside of the United States. 
  • Create and/or perform works of dance, music, theater, and visual arts inspired by Arts from the past and other cultures. 

Grades 5 - 8 Standards

Continue the K - 4 Standards and:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how artists in at least three of the Arts - dance, music, theater, and visual arts - are influenced by and make use of natural resources in their physical environment. 
  • Perform works in at least two of the performing arts - dance, music, and theater - that demonstrate understanding of their original historical context. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the artistic heritage and culture of the United States. 

Grades 9 - 12 Standards

Continue the K - 8 Standards and:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the cultural and historical contexts of artists' works in at least one of the Arts - dance, music, theater or visual arts. 
  • Identify, describe, and analyze cross-cultural influences in works in at least one of the Arts - dance, music, theater, or visual arts. 
  • Identify recurring important themes or techniques in the history of at least one of the Arts - dance, music, theater, or visual arts - and analyze their use in specific works. 
  • In at least one of the Arts - dance, music, theater, or visual arts - develop, defend, and apply criteria for evaluating works of different cultures, styles, genres and periods. 

LEARNING STANDARD SIX

Students will integrate the Arts and make connections among the Arts and other disciplines.

Dance, music, theater, and visual arts share common concepts and approaches, and illuminate ideas in English Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, and World Languages. Integrating the Arts encourages learners to ask Essential Questions such as:

  • Are there universal human themes and issues? 
  • What can we learn about the arts from the perspective of other disciplines? 
  • How do we learn about other disciplines through the arts? 

K - 4 Standards

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to integrate knowledge and skills from at least two Arts disciplines - dance, music, theater, and visual arts - in a group project. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of how concepts from dance, music, theater, and visual arts relate to other disciplines. 

Grades 5 - 8 Standards

Continue the K - 4 Standards and:

  • Express a concept from another discipline in at least three art forms - dance, music, theater, or visual arts - and explain why the concept is relevant to the 
  • Arts and other disciplines. 
  • Explain how the Arts convey ideas about the nature of human civilizations past and present. 

Grades 9 - 12 Standards

Continue the K - 8 Standards and:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how styles in the Arts - dance, music, theater, and visual arts - relate to cultural norms and historical events. 
  • Describe and analyze the role of creativity in the arts, other disciplines, and other disciplines. 

LEARNING STANDARD SEVEN

Students will use technology in order to create, perform, and conduct research in the Arts.

Technology and invention have historically influenced artists and offered them new possibilities for expression. As they explore the potential of technology for the arts, learners ask essential questions such as these:

  • What is technology? 
  • How has the development of new tools, materials and technologies affected artists throughout history? 
  • How will technologies of the future transform the arts? 

K - 4 Standards

  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of tools, instruments and technologies in dance, material, theater and visual arts. 
  • Explain why tools, materials, interventions, and technologies are important to the creation and performance of, and communication about dance, music, theater, and visual arts. 

Grades 5 - 8 Standards

Continue the K - Standards and:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use contemporary technology to create works in the performing and visual arts. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use communications technology to collaborate in creating works in the performing and visual arts. 

Grades 9 - 12 Standards

Continue the K - 8 Standards and:

  • Compare and contrast the qualities of different kinds of technologies used in at least one of the Arts - dance, music, theater, or visual arts. 
  • Integrate technologies to create and present in the Arts. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use communications technology to conduct research in the Arts. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of how Arts and artifacts of a culture are affected by technological invention. 
     Demonstrate understanding of the applications of technology in Arts organizations in the community. 

LEARNING STANDARD EIGHT

Students will participate in the community's cultural and artistic life.

Students who have learned to practice and respond to the Arts within schools are prepared to participate in and enjoy the activities of cultural institutions such as neighborhood arts centers, museums, orchestras, choral societies, bands, dance, and theater companies. As learners share their accomplishments in and knowledge of the Arts, they explore questions such as these:

  • What does my community offer to people who enjoy the Arts? 
  • What traditions are we creating today? 
  • How can I use the Arts to assist and inspire members of my community? 
  • How can I preserve examples of the Arts for the next generation? 

K - 4 Standards

  • Demonstrate understanding of community cultural institutions. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the kinds of work artists do for a living. 

Grades 5 - 8 Standards

Continue the K - 4 Standards and:

  • In at least three of the Arts - dance, music, theater, and visual arts - demonstrate awareness of the works of practicing artists, including how and where they perform or exhibit their work in the community. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use at least three of the Arts - dance, music, theater, and visual arts - to contribute to community life. 

Grades 9 - 12 Standards

Continue the K - 8 Standards and:

  • Demonstrate the ability to document how cultural institutions - dance, music, and theater organizations, film companies, public television stations, and art, history, and science museums - preserve artistic heritage and create new traditions. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to gain and share information about artists and cultural institutions through a wide variety of sources.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cultural institutions as a resource of lifelong learning opportunities for people of all ages. 

Strong Arts programs evolve from sequentially designed experiences in connecting and contributing that are thoughtfully integrated with the standards described under the Strands of Thinking and Responding, and Creating and Performing.