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The World is our Stage: Real Life Inspires Dance Making and Performance
Tenth graders examine various dances focused on issues faced by society. While viewing, they identify and analyze the movements and how they relate to the sociocultural issues. To complete the instructional activity, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
10th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 49 Downloads
Popular Dance: The Impact of Cultural Exchange
Tenth graders recognize that many groups contributed to the richness of culture in the United States. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the groups of people who built their way of life in the United States.
10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 28 Downloads
The Frontiers of Dance
Learners learn about the a dance company with disabled dancers as well as the field of integrated dance. In this integrated dance lesson, students read passages about the AXIS Dance Company, an integrated dance company of able and disabled dancers.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 18 Downloads
Moving to Music
Students identify how they themselves use movement and dance and the many ways that people move and dance in various contexts. They observe and imitate folk movement and dance while decoding their skills and kinesthetic abilities. Students also identify the importance of folk dance to cultural groups and that they understand the folk group is the folk dance.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 58 Downloads
West African Dance: Ekon kon
Twelfth graders investigate Ekon kon or Djola or Jola (dance), a noncompetitive, communal dance performed by the Djola people from the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa. They listen to a lecture by the teacher about the West African cultures that include this dance.
12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 41 Downloads
Exploring Community History: Oral History
Students develop an oral history of a memorable event in their family. Working with a partner, they create interview questions based on a family story or event. After interviewing their family member, they edit their interview piece and present it to the class.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 23 Downloads
Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!
Students explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts. Students draw inferences about the vital role that dance played in their identified country and compare and contrast their findings with other countries researched.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 18 Views 124 Downloads
West African Dance: Ku Ku
Twelfth graders explore West African Ku Ku dance. As a class, learners discuss the influence African dances have on the United Sates of today, as well as the history of the dance. Students observe and participate in a dance demonstration.
12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 13 Downloads
Twelfth graders investigate how West-African dance makes known a common past and stimulates a shared sense of values and beliefs. The cultural purpose of West-African dance is to tell history and relay stories to intensify social and religious rituals.
12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 11 Downloads
New Review Dance with Your Fingers, Draw with Your Toes
Pair dancing, music, and art into one elementary lesson plan. Using the work of Henri Matisse and Rudy Autio as inspiration, kids spend a few days listening to music that fits the moods of various pieces of art, then work on their own paintings.
2nd - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 6 Downloads
Vishal Ramani & Shri Krupa Dance Foundation
Students study the art of Bharata Natyam Indian dance. In this Indian dance lesson, students read text about Indian dance Bharata Natyam dance. Students may create their own dance and a television story about the topic.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 21 Downloads
Love a Culture: Dance to Its Music!
Sixth graders practice four different cultural or traditional (folk) dances and participate in whole-class and small-group discussions that invite critical thinking to draw inferences. Students choose specific countries or regions to research, examining their histories, geographies, climates, governments, economics, cultures and arts.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 16 Downloads
Folk Dance Explorations in the Choreographic Work of Modern Dance
Tenth graders participate in a lesson guided by an essential question: in what ways does choreographer, Mark Morris' work, "The Office," reflect Eastern-European traditional folk dance? During the lesson's first sessions, students physically learn two to three traditional folk dances from selected regions in Eastern Europe.
10th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 16 Downloads
Migrations: Dance Stories about the Journeys of People
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary activity has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often tells a story.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 21 Views 258 Downloads
Swing Your Partner!
This was written for ESOL students, but could work for any elementary class. Learners read about the American dance style known as Square Dancing. They explore its use in literature, write a friendly letter about it, and then use their listening skills as they do the dance.
5th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 20 Downloads
Kolos (Circle Dances): For the Love of Dance!
Fourth graders physically learn kolos or circle dances, discuss what they are learning with their peers and write in their daily journals. They apply critical thinking skills to draw inferences about Eastern European immigrant groups in Ohio.
4th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads
Migrations: Dance Stories about the Journeys of People
Fifth graders view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance tells a story. A research component allows the students to collect specific information about selected populations, their experiences after they arrived.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 9 Downloads
Lone Dog's Winter Count: Keeping History Alive
What is oral tradition, and what unique tool did the Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains use to help them remember their complex histories? Through pictograph analysis, discussion, research, and an engaging hands-on activity, young historians discover the process the Nakota people used to design their winter counts to chronicle their history.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 39 Views 35 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Nureyev: Bringer of Light
Students examine Nureyev's artistic endeavors and achievements. In this language and art lesson, students analyze modes of dance expression at the end of the 19th - beginning of the 20th centuries. They focus on Martha Graham and Nureyev conducting internet research, participate in group discussions and compose their own dance piece.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 7 Downloads
Swing your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing
Young scholars perform square dancing steps. In this square dancing lesson, students view a video to learn the basic steps. Young scholars discuss the history of the dance and perform with partners.
Pre-K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 33 Downloads