VAPA Course Syllabus
All Achievers at GAVPAA STEM will choose a major. Major courses will utilize authentic materials and resources from Visual and Performing Arts. These courses engage Achievers in genuine performance while encouraging Achievers to express themselves through culinary arts, visual art, dance, theater arts, digital and fine arts, and music.
The arts are a dynamic presence in our daily lives, enabling us to express our creativity while challenging our intellect. Through the arts, children have a unique means of expression that captures their passions and emotions and allows them to explore ideas, subject matter, and culture in delightfully different ways. The visual and performing arts standards presented here are comprehensive. For the four disciplines of dance, music, theater, and visual arts— each with its own body of knowledge and skills—the standards are organized into five strands that are woven throughout all artistic experiences. The standards incorporate both traditional means of artistic expression and newer media, such as cinematography, video, and computer-generated art.
Subject Areas- Subject to Change ● Visual Arts ● Digital Arts ● Choir/Voice ● Theater Production ● Acting ● Dance ● Instrumental Music
The overarching objective for the Visual and Performing Arts program at GAVPAA STEM is the study of theory and practice in every area of Visual and Performing Arts. As well as the exposure to varied careers available in these fields. Each Quarter, we will focus on the California State Standard associated with each concentration for 5th-8th grade; aligning them to the common core standards to allow for diversified understanding of related disciplines.
Student Learning Outcomes & Growth (SLOG)
By the end of this course, students will:
- Be introduced to vocabulary and actions in all areas of visual and performing arts from various cultures.
- Research and evaluate various educational institutions across the country and world with arts programs
- Have a basic understanding of various careers in the arts
- Have opportunities to perform and present inside the classroom
Have opportunities to be featured in a GAVPAA STEM Showcase for Achievers, family and community through the Virtual Talent Show, “GAVPAA’s Got Talent”
Course Requirements & Expectations
Students must bring to class daily:
PLEASE NOTE: Modifications to the tentative course schedule may occur in order to accommodate guest presenters, student needs, etc.
- Bell Work/Review
- ICP (In Class Practice)
- ACP (After Class Practice) Overview
- Exit Ticket
- Every 4 weeks a project will be due (for this class, projects are used in place of traditional testing like midterms or finals).
- Project I- Due the Monday/Tuesday of Week 4
- Project II- Dues the Monday/Tuesday of Week 8
- Project III- Due the Monday/ Tuesday of Week 12
- More specific dates and details will be available in the Google Classroom.
- Quizzes will be conducted weekly to measure retention of material as they study and prepare for the projects.
- Vocabulary Will be given and worked with for the duration of the project assignment.
Learning Concept(s)/Standard(s) & Assignments will be posted on the Google Classroom; Available 8/21/20
GAVPAA STEM’s Course Grading Percentage Breakdown
Projects/PBL Products – 40%
Participation/Classwork – 30%
Tests/Quizzes/Essays – 20%
Homework – 10%
A = 4.0 pts, 90-100 - Advanced
B = 3.0 pts, 80-89 - Proficient
C = 2.0 pts, 79-75 - Capable
C- = 1.0 pt, 74-70 - Emerging
F = 0 pts, 69-Below - Not Meeting standards
GAVPAA STEM will not include a “D” letter grade.
Academic Grades are determined based on the following:
- Quality of Work (Purposeful Excellence)
- Interpretation and application of facts, concepts, and principles of the subject
- Originality, initiative, and reasoning
- Quantity of completed class and homework (effort is important here)
- Meeting the standards of the course/subject
Office Hours: Monday- Thursday 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm
Appointments Only on Friday
Zoom Appointment when scheduled
(School Approved Holidays Excluded)