Humanities Connections explores the basics of dance, theater, music, and visual arts. This series is designed for an audience of students in grades 7 through 12. Each of the sections - theater, dance, music, and visual arts - contains teacher broadcasts for background, and student broadcasts for use in class. The segments are divided by screens and any of the "Basics" may be a starting place.
Connections is not scheduled for rebroadcast at this time. If you'd like to purchase tapes, call Office Manager, Deborah Harris at 800.333.9764.
Rationale: KET's Connections Program/ Middle School Emphasis
The study of the arts has both personal and social value for middle school students. This is a time of traumatic social and psychological reorganization. It is a time of developing self-concept and emerging sex role identification, a time for a new awareness of peers, and a time for dealing with peer pressure. In the face of all these pulls, each child needs positive maps to follow. Music, visual arts, drama, dance, and literature provide an avenue toward answers about humanity. The arts provide an effective bridge to understanding and appreciating other cultures--and to understand others is to understand and appreciate oneself. The middle school student, malleable and impressionable, is clearly open to the shaping and healing properties of the arts.
A middle school program in the arts should address both individual needs and societal demands unique to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Middle school students are establishing ideas toward learning that will be with them for the rest of their lives. They are seeking both concrete and abstract activities, and are open to some of the most dynamic ways of learning: hands-on activities, group projects, and experimental and exploratory processes. Because there is a huge developmental and social range in middle school, this setting offers great challenges and equally great possibilities. At the heart of the KET's Connections programs for middle school students is the belief that every student will rise to meet high expectations and the demands of a challenging, exciting curriculum. In the 16 segments of Humanities Connections, our goal is to create a curriculum so rich, colorful, and compelling that students can't help but respond.
A challenging, well-directed humanities program is the ultimate exploratory activity for middle school students. To be educated is to be visually literate. A strong middle school program in humanities helps students to understand the historical and cultural context of respected artistic works. As students' imaginations are opened, they practice making sound aesthetic judgments, and begin to think independently and creatively. These experiences should recognize and encourage emerging modes of adult behavior. Students should explore the idea that art may hold the key to who we have been as a people and what we may become. Through a variety of experiences students should begin to deal formally with abstract notions that explain the rapidly changing world around them and to invest their own experiences with meaning. Connections should challenge students to begin to think creatively and in a way fitting for a multi cultural society of the 21st century. Finally, Humanities Connections, in its emphasis on the links between the arts and culture, science, and history, should be a basic part of the middle school framework.Theater
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