Polish-style Polka Band
Stevens Point, WI
The following 4th, 8th and 12th grade curriculum standards are met for Music, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Business.
(See additional standards at Teaching Wisconsin Folks.)
F. Analysis: Students in Wisconsin will analyze and describe music.
- F.4.2 Identify simple music forms upon listening to a given example.
- F.4.3 Demonstrate perceptual skills by listening to, answering questions about, and describing music of various styles representing diverse cultures.
- F.4.4 Use appropriate terminology in explaining music, music notation, music instruments and voices, and music performances.
- F.4.5 Identify the sounds of a variety of instruments, including many orchestra and band instruments and instruments from various cultures, as well as male and female adult voices.
- F.8.3 Analyze and compare the use of the elements of music upon listening to examples representing diverse genres and cultures.
- F.8.6 Analyze the uses of elements of music upon listening to given examples representing diverse genres and cultures.
- F.8.7 Identify and describe stylistic elements heard in folk, popular, and nonwestern music.
H. The Arts: Students in Wisconsin will relate music to the other arts and disciplines outside the arts.
- H.4.1 Identify similarities and differences in the meanings of common terms used in the various arts.
- H.4.2 Identify similarities and differences in the meanings of common terms used in the various arts.
- H.8.1 Compare how the characteristic media of two or more arts can be used to transform similar events, scenes, emotions, or ideas into works of art.
- H.8.3 Describe how the principles and subject matter of other school disciplines interrelate with those of music.
- H.8.4 Compare how the characteristic materials of two or more arts can be used to transform similar events, scenes, emotions, or ideas into works of art.
- H.8.5 Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other school disciplines interrelate with those of music.
- H.8.6 Compare the terminology and contrasting definitions of various elements in each of two or more arts.
I. History and Culture: Students in Wisconsin will relate music to history and culture.
- I.4.2 Identify various uses of music in their daily experiences and describe characteristics that make certain music suitable for each use.
- I.4.3 Describe in simple terms how elements of music are used in music examples from various cultures of the world.
- I.4.4 Identify various uses of music in their daily experiences and describe characteristics that make certain music suitable for each use.
- I.4.5 Identify and describe roles of musicians in various music settings and world cultures.
- I.8.1 Describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
- I.8.3 Compare, in several cultures of the world including their own, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically created and performed.
- I.8.4 Describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
- I.8.5 Compare and classify exemplary musical works by genre, style, historical period, composer, and title.
- I.8.6 Compare, in several cultures of the world, the functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically created and performed.
- I.12.1 Classify music by culture or historical period based on characteristic styles or genres and justify their classification
- I.12.2 Identify sources of American music genres, trace the evolution of those genres, and name well-known musicians associated with them
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A. Geography: Students in Wisconsin will learn about geography
through the study of the relationships among people, places, and environments.
- A.4.7 Identify connections between the local community and other places in Wisconsin, the United States and the world.
B. History: Students in Wisconsin will learn about the history of
Wisconsin, the United States, and the world, examining change and continuity
over time in order to develop historical perspective, explain historical
relationships, and analyze issues that affect the present and the future.
- B.4.3 Examine biographies, stories, narratives, and folk tales to understand the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people, place them in time and context, and explain their relationship
to important historical events.
- B.4.4 Compare and contrast changes in contemporary life with life in the past by looking at social, economic, political, and cultural roles played by individuals and groups.
- B.8.7 Identify significant events and people in the major eras of United States and world history.
E. Behavioral Sciences: Students in Wisconsin will learn about the
behavioral sciences by exploring concepts from the discipline of sociology, the
study of the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions; the
discipline of psychology, the study of factors that influence individual
identity and learning; and the discipline of anthropology, the study of cultures
in various times and settings.
- E.4.4 Describe the ways in which ethnic cultures influence the daily lives of people.
- E.4.5 Identify and describe institutions such as school, church, police, and family and describe their contributions to the well being of the community, state, nation, and
- E.4.6 Give examples of group and institutional influences such as laws, rules, and peer pressure on people, events, and culture.
- E.4.8 Describe and distinguish among the values and beliefs of different groups and institutions.
- E.4.11 Give examples and explain how language, stories, folk tales, music, and other artistic creations are expressions of culture and how they convey knowledge of other
peoples and cultures.
- E.4.13 Investigate and explain similarities and differences in ways that cultures meet human needs.
- E.8.1 Give examples to explain and illustrate the influence of prior knowledge, motivation, capabilities, personal interests, and other factors on individual learning.
- E.8.2 Give examples to explain and illustrate how factors such as family, gender, and socioeconomic status contribute to individual identity and development.
- E.8.3 Describe the ways in which local, regional, and ethnic cultures may influence the everyday lives of people.
- E.8.4 Describe and explain the means by which individuals, groups, and institutions may contribute to social continuity and change within a community.
- E.8.5 Describe and explain the means by which groups and institutions meet the needs of individuals and societies.
- E.8.9 Give examples of the cultural contributions of racial and ethnic groups in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world.
- E.8.14 Select examples of artistic expressions from several different cultures for the purpose of comparing and contrasting the beliefs expressed.
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A. Reading/Literature: Students in Wisconsin will read and respond to a wide range of
writing to build an understanding of written materials, of themselves, and of
- A.4.1 & 8.1 & 12.1 Use effective reading strategies to achieve their purposes in reading.
- A.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Read and discuss literary and nonliterary texts in order to understand human experience.
- A.4.4 & 8.4 & 12.4 Read to acquire information.
B. Writing: Students in Wisconsin will write clearly and effectively to share
information and knowledge, to influence and persuade, to create and entertain.
- B.4.1 & 8.1 & 12.1 Create or produce writing to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
D. Language: Students in Wisconsin will apply their knowledge of the nature, grammar, and variations of American English.
- D.4.1 & 8.1 Develop their vocabulary of words, phrases, and idioms as a means of improving communication.
- D.4.2 & 8.2 Recognize and interpret various uses and adaptations of language in social, cultural, regional, and professional situations, and learn to be flexible and responsive in their use of
E. Media and Technology: Students in Wisconsin will use media and
technology critically and creatively to obtain, organize, prepare and share
information; to influence and persuade; and to entertain and be entertained.
- E.4.1 & 8.1 & 12.1 Use computers to acquire, organize, analyze, and communicate information.
F. Research and Inquiry: Students in Wisconsin will locate, use, and communicate information from a variety of print and nonprint materials.
- F.4.1 & 8.1 Conduct research and inquiry on self-selected or assigned topics, issues, or problems and use an appropriate form to communicate their findings.
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J. Interpersonal and Leadership Skills: Students in Wisconsin will
demonstrate interpersonal teamwork and leadership skills necessary to function
in multicultural business settings.
- J.4.7 Describe the advantages of working together as a team.
- J.8.10 Describe characteristics of a team working together successfully.
K. Career Development: Students in Wisconsin will explore careers and
develop skills necessary to make meaningful decisions in a variety of business
careers. Students will develop a career cluster focus based on their career
- K.4.4 Identify various types of occupations in the community.
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A. Media and Technology: Students in Wisconsin will select and use
media and technology to access, organize, create, and communicate information
for solving problems and constructing new knowledge, products, and systems.
- A.4.1 & 8.1 & 12.1 Use common media and technology terminology and equipment.
- A.4.2 & 8.2 & 12.2 Identify and use common media formats.
- A.4.4 & 8.4 & 12.4 Use a computer and communications software to access and transmit information.
B. Information and Inquiry: Students in Wisconsin will access,
evaluate, and apply information efficiently from a variety of sources in print,
nonprint, and electronic formats to meet personal and academic needs.
- B.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Locate and access information sources.
- B.4.6 & 8.6 & 12.6 Interpret and use information to solve the problem or answer the question.
C. Independent Learning: Students in Wisconsin will apply
information and technology skills to issues of personal and academic interests
by actively and independently seeking information; demonstrating critical and
discriminating reading, listening, and viewing habits; and, striving for
personal excellence in learning and career pursuits.
- C.4.2 & 8.2 & 12.2 Appreciate and derive meaning from literature and other creative expressions of information.
- C.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Develop competence and selectivity in reading, listening, and viewing.
D. The Learning Community: Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate the
ability to work collaboratively in teams or groups, use information and
technology in a responsible manner, respect intellectual property rights, and
recognize the importance of intellectual freedom and access to information in a
- D.4.2 & 8.2 & 12.2 Use information, media, and technology in a responsible manner.
- D.4.3 & 8.3 & 12.3 Respect intellectual property rights.
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