D.E420

Theme and Variation—Body Parts

Theme and Variation—Body Parts

Students will create two movement phrases using theme and variation. One will represent the theme and the other will represent a variation of the theme by changing only the use of time, space, and energy. The movement should remain the same.

This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

TEACHER SCORING RUBRIC

  • Dimension
  • Theme/Concept

    Clarity and Identity

  • Dynamics/ Energy

    Motional Excitement, Variation, and Contrast

  • Movement

    Invention, Development, and Represents Theme

  • Transitions

    Between Movement Phrase and Overall Connections

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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • The development and use of movement is rarely unique and never reflects the theme or idea of the compositional problem.

    N/A at this time.
  • The development and use of movement is seldom unique and seldom reflects the theme or idea of the compositional problem.

    N/A at this time.
  • The development and use of movement is often unique and most of the time reflects the theme or idea of the compositional problem.

    N/A at this time.
  • The development and use of movement is unique and consistently reflects the theme or idea of the compositional problem.

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  • Demonstrates limited use of variation and contrast throughout movement phrase. Very little variety of movement developed.

    N/A at this time.
  • Demonstrates some range of variation and contrast throughout movement phrase yet could be developed more deeply.

    N/A at this time.
  • Demonstrates an appropriate degree of variation and contrast throughout movement phrase.

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  • Demonstrates a wide range of variation and contrast throughout movement phrase.

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  • Does not demonstrate an ability to take risks in order to explore new ways of moving. Does not create ideas outside of comfort zone to represent ideas.

    N/A at this time.
  • Is in the beginning stages of taking risks to explore new ways of moving. Creates a few ideas outside of comfort zone to represent ideas.

    N/A at this time.
  • Takes risks to explore new ways of moving. Creates some ideas outside of comfort zone to represent ideas.

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  • Often takes risks to explore new ways of moving. Creates movements outside of comfort zone to represent ideas.

    N/A at this time.
  • Never creates movement patterns that demonstrate flow and connections. Movement lacks aesthetically pleasing transitions.

    N/A at this time.
  • Seldom creates movement patterns that demonstrate flow and connection. Movement provides a few aesthetically pleasing transitions.

    N/A at this time.
  • Often creates movement patterns that demonstrate flow and connection. Movement provides some aesthetically pleasing transitions

    N/A at this time.
  • Creates movement patterns that demonstrate flow and connection. Movement provides many aesthetically pleasing transitions.

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