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The Virginia Standards of Learning and the Greek Play

We are pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers throughout 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

English

Grade Seven 7.5 Reading: The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.
Grade Nine 9.4 Reading: The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.
Grade Ten 10.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze literary texts of different cultures and eras.
Grade Eleven 11.3.e Identify literary and classical allusions and figurative language in text.
11.4.j Analyze the use of literary elements and dramatic conventions including verbal, situational and dramatic irony used in American literature.
Grade Twelve 12.4.h  Analyze how dramatic conventions including character, scene, dialogue, and staging contribute to the theme and effect.

Latin — all levels

Interacting in School and Global Communities LI.8 The student will begin to apply knowledge of the Latin language and Roman culture beyond the classroom setting to explore recreational, educational, and occupational opportunities.
LII.7 The student will apply knowledge of the Latin language and Roman culture in opportunities beyond the classroom setting for recreational, educational, and occupational purposes.
LIII.7 The student will continue to apply knowledge of the Latin language and Roman culture 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 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 LI.3  The student will develop an awareness of perspectives, practices, and products of Roman culture.
1.      Identify and investigate practices in Roman life, such as those related to family, education, occupations, religion, and social structure.
2.      Examine products of the Roman peoples, such as food, clothing, buildings, and art.
5.      Participate in simulated cultural activities, such as family celebrations, banquets, and festivals.
LII.3 The student will demonstrate understanding of the perspectives, practices, and products of Roman culture and the ways these cultural aspects are interrelated.
1.      Describe cultural practices of theRomans, such as weddings and funerals, leisure activities, games, entertainment, and meals.
3.      Examine how the practices and perspectives of the Romans were influenced by interaction with other Mediterranean cultures.
LIII.3 The student will examine interrelationships among the perspectives, practices, and products of Roman civilization.
1.      Understand that literary and non-literary products reflect practices and perspectives of the Roman world.
LIV.3  The student will discuss how various perspectives reflect the practices and products of the Roman world.
1.      Analyze perspectives and practices of Roman culture in literature, including evidence of philosophy, religion, mythology, and personal conduct.

Theatre Arts

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

Theatre History and Cultural Context

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the ways in which theatre and culture have influenced each other throughout history. They will investigate how contemporary media and technology impact the creation and production of live and recorded theatrical performances. Students will focus on understanding the human experience expressed in performances of theatrical works.

Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique

Students will develop a thorough understanding of the art and craft of theatre. Students will examine, interpret, and assess the content and manner in which theatre arts express meaning. They will apply processes that involve observing, listening, reflecting, analyzing, and justifying their roles as creators, performers, technicians, and audience members. These skills are required for creating, producing, and evaluating theatrical works.

Aesthetics

The ability to make qualitative judgments in theatre arts depends upon the ability to perceive, reflect upon, and respond to theatre as an art form. Participation in a range of artistic experiences will enable students to develop an understanding of different cultural philosophies and factors that may alter perceptions. Such understandings are critical to the development of a personal philosophy of theatre that focuses on how artistic expression reflects life.

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