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Drama / Year 3 and 4

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Curriculum content descriptions

Shape and perform dramatic action using narrative structures and tension in devised and scripted drama, including exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drama (ACADRM033)

Elaborations
  • applying story structures in their drama, including roles and events linked through cause and effect and dramatic tension
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – What are the stories and the ideas in the drama you watch and listen to? Which of the characters do you identify with? What relationships and situations do you recognise (or not recognise) in the drama you watch and listen to?
  • performing their improvised sections of process drama and playbuilding
  • sharing with others dramatic action that is structured through dramatic tension, in real or virtual spaces
  • performing short scripted drama with a sense of role, situation and dramatic tension
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – How well did you collaborate to make drama? What worked best in the drama?
  • planning and rehearsing their drama for a live or virtual performance
  • exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and how they are dramatically portrayed as a reference for shaping their own drama
  • exploring dramatic traditions and practices from one or more Asian societies in their drama
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Suspense,  Aboriginal art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Devised drama

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