Measuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment (typically for the older children). You can use this simple self-assessment with the students after working with them using the First Grade Curriculum. Feel free to use this document as is, or use as a guide. You can adjust this assessment to your particular class.
This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson. These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom. Of course, many of the words here may have additional meanings or meanings in other contexts. This vocabulary list strives only to define the words as they relate to drama.
This vocabulary is part of our First Grade Curriculum.
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This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching. We put these lessons in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit. This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you build a curriculum for your classroom.
About this Curriculum Guide for First Grade Students
Each of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years. These lessons are intended as an extension to the original Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to implement drama and a foundation to kick off your drama work. Like any academic area, Drama has a scope and sequence of learning (knowledge and skills). This body of lessons is developed to cover essential learning in the art form for five- to seven-year-old students.
The objectives in this Drama Learning Program can essentially be sorted into three categories:
- Self-management (intrapersonal) objectives
- Collaborative (interpersonal) objectives
- Discipline based-art objectives
These three categories are interdependent, but much is gained from teaching them specifically and in a sequence that builds understanding and competence.
National Core Arts Standards
The curriculum objectives are aligned with the United States National Standards, and a chart is included in the objectives so that you can see that alignment. Many states and nations have other standards. You are encouraged to look at your state’s or nation’s drama standards and see what lessons you might omit or determine some you might need to create so that all standards are covered adequately.
Curriculum Lesson Sequence
These specific first grade lessons are all you will need to cover drama knowledge and skills, and connect drama to your classroom teaching. The lessons referenced in the sequence are put in a recommended delivery order, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit. Tying it all together is a year-long planning guide [in “First Grade Lessons”] to map a school year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide. This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.
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These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for five- to seven-year-old students. This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our First Grade Curriculum (appears below for members) in a handy printout for reference. We have aligned the objectives with the United States National Standards as shown in the second PDF. Additionally, we have mapped the National Core Arts Standards to grade-appropriate theater standards in a handy reference document for each grade level. Use this reference if you are customizing your curriculum.