Dance About Anything
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Dance About Anything

by Marty Sprague, Helene Scheff, Susan McGreevy-Nichols
     
 

ISBN-10: 073603000X

ISBN-13: 9780736030007

Pub. Date: 02/20/2006

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

Dance About Anything helps K-12 teachers learn the creative process for developing movement and dance around a theme—and how to integrate dance with other subjects. The book follows a logical progression of movement activities, increasing in complexity from inspiration and dance design to exhibition of the integrated project

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Dance About Anything helps K-12 teachers learn the creative process for developing movement and dance around a theme—and how to integrate dance with other subjects. The book follows a logical progression of movement activities, increasing in complexity from inspiration and dance design to exhibition of the integrated project. It provides all the materials for teachers to facilitate the creative and critical-thinking skills related to planning integrated projects:

-Students explore the dance-making process through seven easy-to-follow tasks that take them from inspiration and choosing a theme to solving movement problems and making movement phrases, culminating with work that involves dance design, revisions, and performance.

-Students integrate dance with other subject areas such as science, math, social studies, visual arts, theater, language arts, and music.

-Students work through integrated projects involving multiple subjects around a common theme. They learn how to transfer the work habits and strategies they learn through dance making to their work in other subjects, and then they showcase their work.

Dance About Anything is organized into four parts. Part I outlines the creative process of choosing a theme for a dance and explains how movement phrases can be developed from almost any inspiration. Part II lays out the remaining tasks and steps on the path to exhibition.

Part III shows how to develop and implement integrated projects. It discusses practical concerns about who, what, how, when, and where and provides a step-by-step guide for project completion. Part IV details three ready-to-use integrated projects with themes (weather, community, and prejudice and human rights). These are semester-length projects and can be used in advocating for awareness of the value of dance, connecting with other subjects, and getting students to work together on a unifying theme.

The included CD-ROM provides more than 65 reproducible forms that fuel students' creativity and aid teachers in assessment. Among the forms are 8 Inspiration Activity Cards and 8 Dance Designing Activity Cards that cover a variety of themes, including those of the three complete projects provided in the book. The book includes ideas for written and oral assessment of students' progress, and the CD-ROM provides teachers with assessment forms for doing so. In addition, a template of integrated projects is included that gives readers an opportunity to create their own integrated projects, such as those found in part IV of the book.

Dance About Anything provides the information and guidance that teachers and students need in order to become dance architects, designing and building dances and integrated projects from start to finish.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736030007
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
02/20/2006
Edition description:
Book and CD-ROM
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
885,187
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
How to Use This Book and CD-ROM
Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Role of Dance in Integrated Projects

Part I. Inspiration: From Selecting Topics to Creating Short Movement Phrases
Chapter 1.
Concept Task: Choosing a Topic
Chapter 2. Investigation Task: Researching the Topic
Chapter 3. Exploration Task: Identifying Important Aspects of the Topic

Part II. Dance Design: From Solving Movement Problems to Exhibition
Chapter 4.
Selection Task: Devising Movement Problems
Chapter 5. Development and Refinement Tasks: Solving Movement Problems and Designing a Dance
Chapter 6. Exhibition Task: Performing Completed Work and Accepting Final Critique

Part III. Integrated Projects: From Thematic Planning to Exhibition
Chapter 7.
Defining and Creating Integrated Projects: The Process Is the Process
Chapter 8. Moving the Project Forward: A Time Line
Chapter 9. Sparking Students' Interest: Effective Teaching, Facilitating, and Coaching
Chapter 10. Evaluating Integrated Projects: The Big Picture

Part IV. Three Complete Themes and Integrated Projects
Chapter 11.
Cosmic Influences: Weather You Like It or Not
Chapter 12. Community: Community Quilt
Chapter 13. Prejudice and Human Rights: Anna and the King

Glossary
References
About the Authors

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