The Virginia Standards of Learning and the Greek Play
We are pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers in Central and
Southwest Virginia to enrich the classroom experience and give some
life to SOL preparation. The Randolph College Greek Play provides direct contact
with the ancient world, an immediate experience of literature, and vibrant
evidence of the ongoing power of drama.
The information below was culled from the Virginia Department of Education
website. There are good excuses for third graders on up to come
to see our play. We welcome comments and corrections.
History and Social Science
| Grade Three
||The standards for third grade students include an introduction
to the heritage and contributions of the people of ancient Greece
. . .
||History 3.1 The student will explain how the
contributions of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the present
world . . .
||Geography 3.4.c) explaining how the people of
Greece. . . adapted to and/or changed their environment to meet
||WHI.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge
of ancient Greece in terms of its impact on Western civilization
||b) describing Greek mythology and religion;
||e) characterizing life in Athens during the Golden
Age of Pericles;
||f) citing contributions in drama, poetry, history,
sculpture, architecture, science, mathematics, and philosophy, with
emphasis on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
||7.5 Reading: The student will read
and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fiction, narrative
nonfiction, and poetry.
|| 9.5 Reading: The student will read dramatic
||9.1 Oral Language: The student will plan, present,
and critique dramatic readings of literary selections.
||10.6 Reading: The student will read and critique
||11.6 Reading: The student will read and critique
a variety of dramatic selections.
||12.6 Reading: The student will read and critique
dramatic selections from a variety of authors.
Latin -- all levels
|Communication across Communities
||LI.8 The student will identify situations in
which Latin language skills and cultural knowledge may be applied
beyond the classroom setting for recreational, educational, and
||LII.7 The student will develop and apply knowledge
of the Latin language and Greco-Roman culture in opportunities beyond
the classroom setting for recreational, educational, and occupational
||LIV.7 The student will apply knowledge of the
Latin language and culture in opportunities beyond the classroom
setting for recreational, educational, and occupational purposes.
1. Discuss applications of Latin and Greco-Roman culture found in and through media, entertainment, and technology.
2. Locate and use Latin resources, including individuals and organizations, to enhance cultural understanding.
|Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products
||LII.3 The student will demonstrate an understanding
of the perspectives, practices, and products of Roman culture and
how they are interrelated.
3. Examine the influence of major cities and geographical features
on Roman culture, such as Carthage and the Punic Wars, Athens and
Greek influence, Ostia and trade and travel.
5. Examine selected myths of Greek and Roman origin and their influence
on Roman perspectives, such as Ulysses and craftiness, Mars as patron
god of Rome, and Baucis and Philemon as symbols of piety.
||LIII.3 The student will discuss the interrelationship
among the perspectives, practices, and products of Greco-Roman civilization.
1. Understand that literary as well as non-literary products reflect
practices and perspectives of the Greco-Roman world.
2. Expand knowledge of archaeological evidence, art forms, and artifacts
as reflections of Greco-Roman perspectives and practices.
||LIV.3 The student will discuss how various perspectives
reflect the practices and products of the Greco-Roman world.
1. Analyze perspectives and practices of Greco-Roman culture in
literature, including evidence of philosophy, religion, mythology,
and personal conduct.
|Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons
||LIV.5 The student will discuss the social, economic,
political, and artistic influences of the Greco-Roman world on the
modern global community.
1. Make comparisons and draw conclusions about the influences of
Greco-Roman culture on subsequent art, architecture, music, and
For all three levels of the Theatre Arts, a trip to see the Randolph College Greek Play responds to these SOL goals:
Cultural Context and Theatre History
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the ways in which cultures and theatre have related throughout history and are interacting today. They will demonstrate an understanding of the ways that other disciplines and their related technologies influence theatre and are correspondingly influenced by theatre. It is essential that students demonstrate the ability to approach the manifold creative tasks associated with theatre to attain group objectives.
Judgment and Criticism
Criticism in the theatre arts is based upon a thorough understanding of the art and craft of theatre. Students are expected to thoughtfully examine, make judgments, and derive meaning from the theatre arts. Students will apply processes that involve observing, listening, reflecting, analyzing, interpreting, and making judgments. These skills are required for creating and producing as well as for judging or evaluating a finished product.
The ability to make qualitative judgments in theatre arts depends
upon a studentÍs ability to perceive, to experience an emotional response,
and to relate that response to the actual qualities of the theatrical
experience that generated it. Participation in a range of artistic experiences
enables students to develop an understanding of different cultural philosophies
and factors that may alter responses. Such understandings are critical
to the development of a personal philosophy of theatre arts and aesthetic
sensitivity that focuses on the nature, meaning, and value of the arts.