A famous Kathak dancer is preparing to perform a traditional Kathak dance.
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The video looks at Kathak storytelling, a way of communicating stories through dance and hand movement in indian culture. The video is both engaging and informative for students as it follows Kathak dancer, Antarra Singh, presenting a global perspective for students on ways of communicating. It also provides classroom ideas for teachers to incorporate the video into the classroom.
Activity and Assessment
While watching the video as a class, teachers can pause at certain times to ask students what might be being depicted, or what might happen next, engaging students in thinking ahead, and using their own knowledge of the world to make inferences about what they are watching.
Afterward, teachers can lead a discussion about the different types of dancing we see in Australia and other western cultures, looking at hip hop, ballet, Aboriginal dances in order to compare and contrast, and gain an understanding of how dance can convey meaning. Discussion of why stories might be told through mediums like dance instead of ordinary form should be looked at, drawing attention to identities, customs and practices of other cultures, linked with CUS1.3 (NSW BoS,2007, p.48) .
Students could then produce a simple description of what happened in the dance, along with a picture. This addresses CUS1.4 by enabling students to describe the cultural practices of another community and WS1.9 “Plans, reviews and produces a small range of simple literary and factual texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers” (NSW DET, 2006).
The act of engaging students in speculation, and prediction of what might happen next (as occurs in my teaching idea for watching the video) helps students in being able to use language fluently and grammatically. In describing and comparing texts, students can work toward developing skills in descriptive language while building upon vocabulary and attention to detail (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2014).
Board of Studies NSW. (2007). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney, Australia: Board of Studies NSW
Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2014). Teaching humanities and social sciences: history, geography, economics & citizenship (5th ed.). Southbank, VIC: Cengage Learning.
NSW Department of Education and Training. (2006). Curriculum planning, programming, assessing and reporting to parents k-12. Retrieved April 2, 2014, from http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/timetoteach/cogs/curricplanframes1.htm