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Performing Arts Careers: Video-Based Career Exploration Lesson

Grade Level Grades 3-12
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Career Girls Empowerment Lesson Video Series:
Performing Arts Careers (2:04 sec)

Do you love being on stage? Is making it in music, dance, or acting your dream? If you’ve performed for an audience, you know that it can be magical, nerve-wracking, and exciting — sometimes all at the same time! Find out what it’s like to have a career in the performing arts, from the role models in this video who work as dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and more.

It can be a powerful experience to perform for an audience. And when you hear applause at the end of a performance, that means you did your best and the audience appreciated it. Whether you're a dancer, a musician, or an actor (or aspiring to be one!), you know you're doing something right when you have someone's attention. This video takes a closer look at some of the best things about performing for others.

Use the Resources here to learn more about what it's like on both sides of a performance — for the artist and the audience.

Empowerment Lesson Video:Watch this short video as a jumping-off point for in-depth learning experiences using the resources below.

Fun Page Activity: What if you won the lottery? What if you woke up as a dog? Give the performing arts a try with this fun acting activity that you can do with friends.

Independent Learning Guide: Watch the "Performing Arts Careers" video, then use this guide to learn what a career in the performing arts might be like for you and your audience. This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion that connects the role models' experiences to students' own, both on the stage and in the audience.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth "before, during, and after" learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Standards

Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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