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The Virginia Standards of Learning and the Greek Play

We are pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers in Central and Southwest Virginia to enrich the classroom experience and give some life to SOL preparation. The Randolph College Greek Play provides direct contact with the ancient world, an immediate experience of literature, and vibrant evidence of the ongoing power of drama.

The information below was culled from the Virginia Department of Education SOL website. There are good excuses for third graders on up to come to see our play. We welcome comments and corrections.

History and Social Science

Grade Three The standards for third grade students include an introduction to the heritage and contributions of the people of ancient Greece . . .
History 3.1 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the present world . . .
Geography 3.4.c) explaining how the people of Greece. . . adapted to and/or changed their environment to meet their needs.
Grade Eight WHI.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of ancient Greece in terms of its impact on Western civilization by
b) describing Greek mythology and religion;
e) characterizing life in Athens during the Golden Age of Pericles;
f) citing contributions in drama, poetry, history, sculpture, architecture, science, mathematics, and philosophy, with emphasis on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle


Grade Seven 7.5 Reading: The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.
Grade Nine 9.5 Reading: The student will read dramatic selections.
9.1 Oral Language: The student will plan, present, and critique dramatic readings of literary selections.
Grade Ten 10.6 Reading: The student will read and critique dramatic selections.
Grade Eleven 11.6 Reading: The student will read and critique a variety of dramatic selections.
Grade Twelve 12.6 Reading: The student will read and critique dramatic selections from a variety of authors.

Latin — all levels

Communication across Communities LI.8 The student will identify situations in which Latin language skills and cultural knowledge may be applied beyond the classroom setting for recreational, educational, and occupational purposes.
LII.7 The student will develop and apply knowledge of the Latin language and Greco-Roman culture in opportunities beyond the classroom setting for recreational, educational, and occupational purposes.
LIV.7 The student will apply knowledge of the Latin language and culture in opportunities beyond the classroom setting for recreational, educational, and occupational purposes.
1. Discuss applications of Latin and Greco-Roman culture found in and through media, entertainment, and technology.
2. Locate and use Latin resources, including individuals and organizations, to enhance cultural understanding.
Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products LII.3 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, practices, and products of Roman culture and how they are interrelated.
3. Examine the influence of major cities and geographical features on Roman culture, such as Carthage and the Punic Wars, Athens and Greek influence, Ostia and trade and travel.
5. Examine selected myths of Greek and Roman origin and their influence on Roman perspectives, such as Ulysses and craftiness, Mars as patron god of Rome, and Baucis and Philemon as symbols of piety.
LIII.3 The student will discuss the interrelationship among the perspectives, practices, and products of Greco-Roman civilization.
1. Understand that literary as well as non-literary products reflect practices and perspectives of the Greco-Roman world.
2. Expand knowledge of archaeological evidence, art forms, and artifacts as reflections of Greco-Roman perspectives and practices.
LIV.3 The student will discuss how various perspectives reflect the practices and products of the Greco-Roman world.
1. Analyze perspectives and practices of Greco-Roman culture in literature, including evidence of philosophy, religion, mythology, and personal conduct.
Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons LIV.5 The student will discuss the social, economic, political, and artistic influences of the Greco-Roman world on the modern global community.
1. Make comparisons and draw conclusions about the influences of Greco-Roman culture on subsequent art, architecture, music, and literature.

Theatre Arts

For all three levels of the Theatre Arts, a trip to see the Randolph College Greek Play responds to these SOL goals:

Cultural Context and Theatre History

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the ways in which cultures and theatre have related throughout history and are interacting today. They will demonstrate an understanding of the ways that other disciplines and their related technologies influence theatre and are correspondingly influenced by theatre. It is essential that students demonstrate the ability to approach the manifold creative tasks associated with theatre to attain group objectives.

Judgment and Criticism

Criticism in the theatre arts is based upon a thorough understanding of the art and craft of theatre. Students are expected to thoughtfully examine, make judgments, and derive meaning from the theatre arts. Students will apply processes that involve observing, listening, reflecting, analyzing, interpreting, and making judgments. These skills are required for creating and producing as well as for judging or evaluating a finished product.


The ability to make qualitative judgments in theatre arts depends upon a studentÍs ability to perceive, to experience an emotional response, and to relate that response to the actual qualities of the theatrical experience that generated it. Participation in a range of artistic experiences enables students to develop an understanding of different cultural philosophies and factors that may alter responses. Such understandings are critical to the development of a personal philosophy of theatre arts and aesthetic sensitivity that focuses on the nature, meaning, and value of the arts.

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