Arts Integration: Storytelling and Academic Standards

The storytelling teaching artist integrates storytelling skills with
academic standards in the following areas and more:
Speaking and Listening State Standards                                           
       1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).                           

b. Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple             exchanges.                                                                                                                               

c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.

2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

4. Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. 

THEATRE, Fine Arts Curriculum

Standard 1.0 Script Writing Students will create scripts through planning and recording improvisations based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature and history.

Learning Expectations The student will:

1.2 Participate in scene development by exploring story sequence.

1.3 Use realistic and fantasy scenarios in playmaking.

1.4 Explore character through dialogue.

Standard 2.0 Character Acting  Students will develop basic acting skills by assuming roles and interacting in improvisation.

 Learning Expectations   The student will:

2.2 Use imagination to express thoughts and feelings of a character.

2.3 Explore improvisational skills in creating a character.

2.4 Experiment with movement as a means of expression.

2.5 Explore using the voice as a means of expression.

Standard 4.0 Theatrical Presentation  Students will compare and connect art forms by describing theatre, dramatic media (such as film, television, and electronic media) and other art forms.

 Learning Expectations   The student will:

4.3 Explore the role of the audience and demonstrate appropriate audience etiquette.


Social Studies Standards:  Tennessee’s Place in America                                                                                                         Course Description: First grade students will build upon knowledge of major historical events, holidays, symbols, and individuals associated with Tennessee and the United States. Students will listen to and read folktales and non-fiction texts from across the United States to gain a better understanding of the importance of these historical concepts. They will also discuss cultures and human patterns of places and regions in Tennessee. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how individuals, families, and communities live and work together in Tennessee, the United States, and around the world. An emphasis will be placed on goods and services that originate in Tennessee. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how people interact with the environment locally and globally, which will be accomplished by building on previously learned geographic skills and concepts. This will include identifying major cities and physical features in Tennessee and the rest of the United States. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the state and federal government functions and how government affects families.

1. Culture                                                                                                                                                         1:3 Re-tell stories from folk tales, myths, and legends from other culture.                                               1.7 Interpret legends, stories, and songs that contribute to the development of cultures in Tennessee, including Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee, and Creek tribes.

2. Government and Civics                                                                                                                      1:29 Describe the fundamental principles of American democracy, including respect for the rights, opinions and property of others, fair treatment for all, and respect for the rules by which they live. 

3. History                                                                                                                                                         1.36 Produce complete sentences to describe people, places, things and events with relevant details that relate to time, including the past, present, and future.                                                                                           1.40 Differentiate between fact and fiction when sharing stories or retelling events using primary and secondary sources