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This groupís pages address the following 4th, 8th and 12th grade curriculum standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Dance and Information and Technology Literacy


E. Critical Thinking: Students in Wisconsin will develop critical and creative thinking through their dance experience.

  • E.4.1 Identify how dance movement is similar to and different from ordinary movement.

F. Communication and Expression: Students in Wisconsin will understand the expressive power of dance as a means of communication and understand that it is subject to multiple interpretations.

  • F.8.1 Differentiate between functional and expressive movement.
  • F.8.5 Demonstrate and/or explain how lighting and costuming can contribute to the meaning of a dance.

G. Appreciation: Students in Wisconsin will reflect upon and appreciate dance as an art form past and present.

  • G.12.1 Examine the role of dance in particular social, historical, cultural, and political contexts.

H. Making Connections: Students in Wisconsin will dance to build bridges to other disciplines and cultures.

  • H.4.1 Utilize community dance resources (such as people, books, or videos).
  • H.4.4 Study dance from a particular culture and/or time period.

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Social Studies

E. Behavioral Sciences: Students in Wisconsin will learn about the behavioral sciences by exploring concepts from the discipline of sociology, the study of the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions; the discipline of psychology, the study of factors that influence individual identity and learning; and the discipline of anthropology, the study of cultures in various times and settings. 

  • E.4.4 Describe the ways in which ethnic cultures influence the daily lives of people.
  • E.4.5 Identify and describe institutions such as school, church, police, and family and describe their contributions to the well being of the community, state, nation, and global society.
  • E.4.6 Give examples of group and institutional influences such as laws, rules, and peer pressure on people, events, and culture.
  • E.4.8 Describe and distinguish among the values and beliefs of different groups and institutions.
  • E.4.11 Give examples and explain how language, stories, folk tales, music, and other artistic creations are expressions of culture and how they convey knowledge of other peoples and cultures.
  • E.4.13 Investigate and explain similarities and differences in ways that cultures meet human needs.
  • E.8.1 Give examples to explain and illustrate the influence of prior knowledge, motivation, capabilities, personal interests, and other factors on individual learning.
  • E.8.2 Give examples to explain and illustrate how factors such as family, gender, and socioeconomic status contribute to individual identity and development.
  • E.8.3 Describe the ways in which local, regional, and ethnic cultures may influence the everyday lives of people.
  • E.8.4 Describe and explain the means by which individuals, groups, and institutions may contribute to social continuity and change within a community.
  • E.8.5 Describe and explain the means by which groups and institutions meet the needs of individuals and societies.
  • E.8.9 Give examples of the cultural contributions of racial and ethnic groups in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.
  • E.8.14 Select examples of artistic expressions from several different cultures for the purpose of comparing and contrasting the beliefs expressed.
  • E.12.4 Analyze the role of economic, political, educational, familial, and religious institutions as agents of both continuity and change, citing current and past examples.
  • E.12.8 Analyze issues of cultural assimilation and cultural preservation among ethnic and racial groups in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.

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English Language Arts

A. Reading/Literature: Students in Wisconsin will read and respond to a wide range of writing to build an understanding of written materials, of themselves, and of others.

  • A.4.1 & 8.1 & 12.1 Use effective reading strategies to achieve their purposes in reading.
  • A.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Read and discuss literary and nonliterary texts in order to understand human experience.
  • A.4.4 & 8.4 & 12.4 Read to acquire information.

B. Writing: Students in Wisconsin will write clearly and effectively to share information and knowledge, to influence and persuade, to create and entertain.

  • B.4.1 & 8.1 & 12.1 Create or produce writing to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

D. Language: Students in Wisconsin will apply their knowledge of the nature, grammar, and variations of American English.

  • D.4.1 & 8.1 Develop their vocabulary of words, phrases, and idioms as a means of improving communication.
  • D.4.2 & 8.2 Recognize and interpret various uses and adaptations of language in social, cultural, regional, and professional situations, and learn to be flexible and responsive in their use of English.

F. Research and Inquiry: Students in Wisconsin will locate, use, and communicate information from a variety of print and nonprint materials.

  • F.4.1 & 8.1 Conduct research and inquiry on self-selected or assigned topics, issues, or problems and use an appropriate form to communicate their findings.

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Information and Technology Literacy

A. Media and Technology: Students in Wisconsin will select and use media and technology to access, organize, create, and communicate information for solving problems and constructing new knowledge, products, and systems.

  • A.4.1 & 8.1 & 12.1 Use common media and technology terminology and equipment.
  • A.4.2 & 8.2 & 12.2 Identify and use common media formats.
  • A.4.4 & 8.4 & 12.4 Use a computer and communications software to access and transmit information.

B. Information and Inquiry: Students in Wisconsin will access, evaluate, and apply information efficiently from a variety of sources in print, nonprint, and electronic formats to meet personal and academic needs.

  • B.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Locate and access information sources.
  • B.4.6 & 8.6 & 12.6 Interpret and use information to solve the problem or answer the question.

C. Independent Learning: Students in Wisconsin will apply information and technology skills to issues of personal and academic interests by actively and independently seeking information; demonstrating critical and discriminating reading, listening, and viewing habits; and, striving for personal excellence in learning and career pursuits.

  • C.4.2 & 8.2 & 12.2 Appreciate and derive meaning from literature and other creative expressions of information.
  • C.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Develop competence and selectivity in reading, listening, and viewing.

D. The Learning Community: Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in teams or groups, use information and technology in a responsible manner, respect intellectual property rights, and recognize the importance of intellectual freedom and access to information in a democratic society.

  • D.4.2 & 8.2 & 12.2 Use information, media, and technology in a responsible manner.
  • D.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Respect intellectual property rights.

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