You will find resources to better engage students in creativity, communication, and critical thinking, while remaining true to the rigors of dance. Choreography notes and the movement elements of dance offer a unique system of communication. This system allows people across countries, cultures, and time to engage within the expressive qualities of dance. Through this system learners can both read, write, listen, speak, think critically, and perform. The choreography and vocabulary associated with dance offers a unique method of communication and a type of informational text for learners to engage in.
Disciplinary Literacy Definition
In Wisconsin, "disciplinary literacy is defined as the confluence of content knowledge, experiences, and skills merged with the ability to read, write, listen, speak, think critically and perform in a way that is meaningful within the context of a given field."
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8 Steps to Building Art Knowledge through Literacy (Template)
1. Build prior knowledge.
2. Build specialized vocabulary.
3. Learn to deconstruct complex visual representation of ideas.
4. Use knowledge of artistic elements and genres to identify main and subordinate ideas within a piece.
5. Articulate what the graphic representations mean within a work or ideas to support its main components.
6. Pose discipline relevant questions.
7. Compare artistic elements of the work to other work.
8. Use reasoning within the discipline (i.e., what counts as evidence to evaluation claims.)
For questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Julie Palkowski, Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant,Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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