Performing Arts School-Day Classes


Performing Arts school-day classes are taken by ALL O’Maley students for 80 minutes every other day, every other term.
O’Maley Academy Performing Arts extra-curricular activities are ELECTIVES students choose to take after school or in the summer.

In school-day classes for ALL O’Maley students, Performing Arts activities:
- integrate ELA Common Core Standards
- focus on developing 21st Century Skills such as communication and collaboration

O’Maley Academy’s after school Performing Arts Clubs and summer Performing Arts Camps offer ELECTIVE opportunities for students who choose to:
- develop skills specific to Theatre, Music & Dance disciplines
- demonstrate these in dramatic and/or musical productions for public audiences
(example: Drama Club’s production of Lion King Jr.) 

*Extra-curricular O'Maley Academy Performing Arts activities are administered by Allison Cousins and Mary White. We are grateful for their guidance and support, as well as that of Caitlin Sumner, Gregg Bach and Barbara Dundin.

School-Day Performing Arts Classes

Essential Understandings:
Creating, presenting, and responding in project-based, interdisciplinary Performing Arts (Theatre, Music, Dance) activities will address ELA Common Core Standards (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Language) and develop crucial 21st Century Skills skills: Communication & Collaboration; Creative & Critical Thinking; Problem-Solving; Leadership & Responsibility; Flexibility & Adaptability; Self-Direction & Initiative; Productivity & Accountability.

Grades 6-8 
Essential Questions & Themes:

- How do we understand human behavior?

- How do we create, interpret, and communicate stories?
- How do we communicate and collaborate to achieve goals?
- How do we respond to our creative and life experiences?

Students’ artistic, academic, and social/interpersonal skill sets are accrued and refined as they progress through classes in each grade level. Distinctions between grade levels are made according to grade-specific ELA Common Core Standards and to the following grade-wide unifying themes, around which we have formed additional essential questions.

6th Grade Classes:  
Grade-wide Themes: Adaptations & Change
Essential Questions - 6th Grade Performing Arts Classroom:
- How do we adapt to changes in our lives?
- How are we changed by our adaptations?

7th Grade Classes:
Grade-wide Theme: Obstacle As Opportunity
Essential Questions - 7th Grade Performing Arts Classroom:
- How are obstacles created?
- How can obstacles become opportunities?

8th Grade Classes:
Grade-wide Themes: Perspective & Patterns
Essential Questions - 8th Grade Performing Arts Classroom:
- How do we form a perspective?
- How do our patterns convey our perspectives?
- How are our perspectives and patterns changed?

Critical Content:
The O’Maley Performing Arts Department classroom curriculum integrates the following Standards:

Common Core Standards 
for English Language Arts & Literacy 

Reading Standards:
6th:    RL.3, RL.4, RL.5, RL.7
7th:    RL.3, RL.4, RL.6, RL.7
8th:    RL.1, RL.3, RL.6, RL.7

Writing Standards:
6th:    W.3, W.MA.3.A
7th:    W.3, W.MA.3.A
8th:    W.3, W.MA.3.A, W.6   

Speaking and Listening Standards:
6th:    SL.1, SL.2, SL.4, SL.5, SL.6
7th:    SL.1, SL.2, SL.4, SL.5, SL.6
8th:    SL.1, SL.3, SL.4, SL.5, SL.6

Language Standards:
6th:    L.5, L.6
7th:    L.5, L.6
8th:    L.5, L.6

Common Core Mathematics Standards
Our work forges links to the ideology for students expressed in the Common Core Mathematical Practices:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Massachusetts Health Standards:
Social and Emotional Health Strand Standard 7: Interpersonal Relationships
Physical Health Strand Standard 2: Physical Activity and Fitness

Massachusetts Theatre Standards:
Standard 1: Acting
Standard 2: Reading and Writing Scripts
Standard 3: Directing
Standard 5: Critical Response
Standard 6: Connections Across the Curriculum

Massachusetts Music Standards:
Standard 4: Improvisation & Composition
Standard 5: Critical Response

Massachusetts Dance Standards:
Standard 1: Movement Elements
Standard 2: Choreography
Standard 3: Dance as Expression
Standard 4: Performance in Dance
Standard 5: Critical Response

Massachusetts Visual Arts Standards
Standard 3: Observation, Abstraction, Invention, and Expression
Standard 4: Drafting, Revising & Exhibiting
Standard 5: Critical Response

National Arts Standards (Theatre)
1. Script writing. Plan and record improvisations based on personal experience and heritage, imagination, literature and history.
2. Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations.
3. Designing by visualizing and arranging environments for classroom dramatizations.
4. Directing by planning classroom dramatizations
5. Researching by finding information to support classroom dramatizations.
6. Comparing and connecting art forms by describing theatre, dramatic media (such as film, television and electronic media) and other art forms.
7. Analyzing and explaining personal preferences and constructing meanings from classroom dramatizations and from theatre, film, television and electronic media productions.
8. Understanding context by recognizing the role of theatre, film, television, and electronic media in daily life.

*The National Standards for Theatre Education were developed by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in cooperation with the Educational Theatre Association and as part of the National Standards for Arts Education, a product of the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations.

3 Curriculum Units focus on creating, presenting and responding:
- Text/Story Creation & Interpretation (80% of content)
- Culture & Community Building (10-20% of content)
- Music/Movement Interpretation & Expression (5-10% of content)

Critical Skills:
Our principal objective for all course work is for students to develop crucial 21st Century Skills: 
- Communication & Collaboration
- Creative & Critical Thinking
- Problem-Solving
- Leadership & Responsibility
- Flexibility & Adaptability
- Self-Direction & Taking Initiative
- Productivity & Accountability 

Sample Performance Tasks:

-Literacy Improvisations, Vocabulary Improvisations (Word Generation) & Script Writing: students brainstorm, outline/write, rehearse & present original stories
-Public Speaking: students make oral presentations in class
-Story Analysis: students study elements of character, plot, and setting
-Notes/Research: students respond to and analyse presentations
-Theatre Games: students participate in short, energizing "ice-breakers" that focus on developing communication & collaboration skills
-Music Interpretation: students interpret songs through the stories told in their lyrics and/or through movement

All activities are assessed through the use of rubrics, teacher evaluations, student self evaluations, peer evaluations, and participation. 

Grading is calculated: 
60% - Projects (see Performance Tasks)
40% - Positive Behavior & Participation 

Faculty - School-Day Classes:
Leslie Sellers and Jessica Linquata
* The O'Maley Performing Arts School-Day curriculum philosophy and content should also be attributed to former O'Maley PA teachers Talia Brown, Dr. Jay DiPrima, Jennifer Luzitano (current 8th grade O'Maley Social Studies teacher) and Joanna Mulkern (current O'Maley ELL teacher).