I feel that with new Common Core standards, certain areas that aren't explicitly tagged are kind of forgotten. For example, there is no obvious "push" for drama in 6th grade, but it makes sense to teach it because it's a way to sneak in some of those Speaking and Listening standards, and some of the Reading Literature standards at the same time. And, if you play your cards right and you have the kids revise and existing play and write their own, you'll be able to master some of those Writing and Language standards all at once!!
This Guiding Question gets them to begin thinking about performance. What makes a performance successful, or not?
There are really so many strategies and methods for previewing an assessment--my district calls it "Unpacking." When teachers in my district were being trained for our worktext, SpringBoard, we were taught several of these methods. One, in particular, stuck out to me and I've used it for each unit for the last two years. It's the "Stoplight Method": the kids color-code the text based on their own self-assessment of their ability level. They use Stop Light colors to do this.
For today's lesson, we are reading the Performance Learning Focus first and discussing what performance really is, and what it entails. Students will read the Learning Focus and use Metacognitive Markers to mark the text (? for a question, ! for a reaction, and * for a comment). Students will also have time at their tables to discuss great, or memorable, performances in movies, plays, or television and identify why they are so good.