Illinois Learning Standards
Stage E - Fine Arts—Drama
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Analyze movement and sound (both vocal and non-vocal)
choices used to communicate mood and character.
- Combine physical shape, level, and/or facial expression
to communicate theme, emotion, mood, and/or character dynamics.
- Identify conflict in a drama (e.g., man vs. man, man vs.
self, man vs. nature, man vs. supernatural, man vs. society).
- Differentiate between improvisation and scripted drama.
- Evaluate the choice of setting and character used in a
- Identify the message, theme, and purpose of a drama.
- Analyze how different emotions affect an actor's movement,
facial expression, posture, walk, and gestures.
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Explain how elements, principles, and tools are combined
to express an idea in a work of art.
- Explain why specific elements, principles, and tools were
used in a work of art created by the student or another
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Analyze ways the mind and voice are used to communicate
character, setting, conflict, emotion, mood, and tension.
- Explain how support tools (i.e., costumes, sets, lights,
props, sounds, make-up) are used in drama.
- Demonstrate the creative problem solving process.
- Compare pantomiming to acting and improvising.
- Identify similarities and differences between acting,
directing, and playwriting.
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Demonstrate a variety of vocal techniques (e.g. pitch,
rate, volume) and movements to create a character.
- Enact a drama with a group demonstrating focus, concentration,
teamwork, and rehearsal.
- Collaborate with a group (e.g., plan an ensemble drama).
- Sequence a series of actions and events into a drama.
- Create environments or simple staging for a drama.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Evaluate audience behaviors of self and others.
- Explain how works of art relate to the environment where
they are performed or displayed and how the space affects
the art works (e.g., outdoor sculpture, murals, theatre
in the round, dancing in a parade vs. on a stage).
- Describe how the site (e.g., outdoor art fair vs. museum,
half-time show at a sporting event vs. symphony hall) influences
who the audience is and the way the audience responds.
- Explain ways dance, drama, music, and visual art play
a part in everyday life (e.g. education, architecture, landscape
design, political cartoons, fashion design, background music,
- Analyze how the arts are used in commercial applications
(e.g., posters, TV commercials, package design, industrial
- Categorize types of artists with their art and art related
products or performances (e.g., commercial artist, artistic
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Describe how the same idea is expressed in works of art
(e.g., portraits, wedding dances, national anthems) from
different cultures, times, or places.
- Compare the ways different cultures, times, or places
use materials to produce works of art (e.g., musical instruments,
masks, puppets, pottery, textiles).
- List artists who have made significant contributions and
describe their ideas.
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