Welcome to grade 9!
Students will consider the role played by the performing arts in expressing personal and cultural identities; how the performing arts communicate ideas across culture and time; explore, express and communicate their ideas; become more effective learners, inquirers, and thinkers; develop self-confidence and self-awareness through the performing arts experience; to appreciate the performing arts, be inspired by them and to enjoy them.
Art Around the World
Students will spend this year delving in to the wide range of arts found in different cultures. Within this multifaceted unit of study students will explore each of the three performing arts. In response they will create works of art which will entertain and inform the viewers about the culture they have studied.
Part 1: Cultural Dance
In the first portion of the project students will research the traditional dance(s) of their culture. They will identify the different portions of the dance, learn a few of the steps and then put their knowledge to use to create their own version of the dance to share with the class.
Part 2: Myths & Legends – Dramatic enactment
Using one of those myths or legends from their chosen culture, students will write a script and develop a performance which will embody the myth and culture. Students will be able to choose from a number of methods of performance including live theatre, video production, or even puppetry.
Part 3: Cultural Music & Instruments [ Interdisciplinary with Design ]
In the last installment of this project students will investigate actual instruments to discover how and why they make the sounds that they do. Students will research the traditional instruments used in their chosen culture and will attempt to create their own versions using recycled goods.
Every unit will include an examination of past and present art work and theory, and will provide opportunities for students to create/perform both individually and collaboratively. Within the context of this course, students will focus on the performing arts; however, there will be some opportunities for multi-media or more visual work within the context of certain assignments.
Both the Quebec Education Program Competencies and the IB Middle Years Programme Criteria will be covered and assessed throughout the year. Please see the ABOUT section for a breakdown of the competencies.