Where do I teach?
What are my students learning?
What's my approach?
Because I'm simultaneously teaching English, Drama and
ELD, I go back to the frameworks
which were in place when I was getting my credential. And in language arts,
you’re supposed to teach reading, writing, speaking and listening. We
obviously cover all of those.
For the California High
School Visual and Performing Arts Standards, the Sheltered
Theater Production addresses all five categories: Artistic
Perception; Aesthetic Valuing; Creative Expression; Historical
and Cultural Context; and Connections, Relationships, Applications.
For the California High
School English and Language Arts Standards , we address
- 1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development
- 3.0 Literary Response and Analysis
- 3.1 Articulate the relationship between the expressed
purposes and the characteristics of different forms of
dramatic literature (e.g., comedy, tragedy, drama, dramatic
- 3.3 Analyze interactions between main and subordinate
characters in a literary text (e.g., internal and external
conflicts, motivations, relationships, influences) and
explain the way those interactions affect the plot.
- 3.4 Determine
characters' traits by what the characters say about
themselves in narration, dialogue, dramatic monologue,
- 3.8 Interpret and evaluate the impact of ambiguities,
subtleties, contradictions, ironies, and incongruities
in a text.
- 3.9 Explain how voice, persona, and the choice
of a narrator affect characterization and the tone, plot,
and credibility of a text.
- 3.10 Identify and describe
the function of dialogue, scene designs, soliloquies,
asides, and character foils in dramatic literature
- 2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
- 2.1 Write biographical or autobiographical narratives
or short stories:
- a. Relate a sequence of events and communicate
the significance of the events to the audience.
b. Locate scenes and incidents in specific places.
c. Describe with concrete sensory details the sights,
sounds, and smells of a scene and the specific actions,
movements, gestures, and feelings of the characters;
use interior monologue to depict the characters' feelings.
d. Pace the presentation of actions to accommodate changes
in time and mood.
e. Make effective use of descriptions of appearance,
images, shifting perspectives, and sensory details.
Write responses to literature:
- a. Demonstrate a
comprehensive grasp of the significant ideas of literary
b. Support important ideas and viewpoints through
accurate and detailed references to the text
or to other works.
c. Demonstrate awareness of the author's use of
stylistic devices and an appreciation of the effects
d. Identify and assess the impact of perceived
ambiguities, nuances, and complexities within the
Written and Oral Language Conventions
- 1.4 Produce legible work that shows accurate spelling and
correct use of the conventions of punctuation and capitalization.
Reflect appropriate manuscript requirements, including title
page presentation, pagination, spacing and margins, and
integration of source and support material (e.g., in-text citation,
use of direct quotations, paraphrasing) with appropriate citations.
Listening and Speaking
- 1.7 Use props, visual aids, graphs, and electronic media
to enhance the appeal and accuracy of presentations.
- 1.9 Analyze the occasion and the interests of the audience
and choose effective verbal and nonverbal techniques (e.g.,
voice, gestures, eye contact) for presentations.
- 1.10 Analyze historically significant speeches (e.g., Abraham
Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," Martin Luther King,
Jr.'s "I Have a Dream") to find the rhetorical devices
and features that make them memorable.
- 1.11 Assess how language
and delivery affect the mood and tone of the oral communication
and make an impact on the audience.
- 1.12 Evaluate the clarity,
quality, effectiveness, and general coherence of a speaker's
important points, arguments, evidence, organization of ideas,
delivery, diction, and syntax.
- 2.4 Deliver oral responses to literature:
a. Advance a judgment demonstrating a comprehensive grasp of
the significant ideas of works or passages (i.e., make and
support warranted assertions about the text).
b. Support important ideas and viewpoints through accurate
and detailed references to the text or to other works.
c. Demonstrate awareness of the author's use of stylistic devices
and an appreciation of the effects created.
d. Identify and assess the impact of perceived ambiguities,
nuances, and complexities within the text.
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