Rubrics for Introductory Lessons

Rubrics for Introductory Lessons

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This download contains a series of rubrics that you can use as-is or adapt for use with the introductory lessons. I recommend that you not wait until the end of the lessons to introduce these rubrics, but cut them up and introduce them to the students when a skill is being taught. Before you present these formal rubrics to the students, try assisting them in developing class-created versions which they use to score themselves. Sometimes we end up using their rubrics exclusively and never introduce these. If you try that approach, reference these rubrics as a good indicator of what beginning students can do. Often students are harder on themselves than these rubrics indicate. More advanced students can be measured by the Rubrics for the Next Step Skills.

Introductory Lessons

PTSCoverWe designed these lessons to introduce the skills and concepts of drama before moving to more integrated work.  Begin by teaching these seven introductory lessons which are geared for 1st though 8th graders.  Not enough time to teach seven lessons?  Then we recommend you download lessons 2-5 and begin with those. Using these lessons, you can create an entire curriculum, which is aligned to National Standards, including assessments.  If you follow these lessons, you will have your first seven lessons planned out for you which is especially helpful for those new to drama.

Before you start, a note about lesson objectives

In most cases, we believe that only one to three objectives can be covered in a 30 to 60 minute lesson. If some objectives have been introduced in a previous lesson, then reviews of skills or concepts might be in order, increasing the number of objectives slightly. Even a good review takes time. The lessons sometimes have more objectives than we would normally recommend. Why? Because we are trying to quickly set a base of fundamental learning so that you can move to the Grade Level Guides where fewer objectives are covered, with more depth, in each lesson. Some things you might do:
  • You might devise new lessons that repeat learning in a particular skill or concept if you think students need more time to master the content.
  • If needed, you might also slow these lessons down, break them into chunks (except for The Circus lesson).
  • drama illustrationYou might omit an objective the first time you teach a lesson (or portion of a lesson); then repeat the lesson on another day focusing on the omitted objective. In our experience, many classes love doing the lessons and want them repeated. So, why not?  Repeat them but focus the conversation, the Debrief and Learn, and the essential question on a skill or concept that needs more attention.
  • In drama, there is no right way, no wrong way.  It is a creative endeavor for both the student and the teacher.  Enjoy the work.  Build the knowledge and skills and soon the young people will own the art form.

The Introductory Lessons

  1. Introducing the Five Senses Lesson: this lesson is a good starter lesson that works with the 5 senses (imagery ideas provided).  This lesson can also be used with the story The Queen Bee's Dilemma.
  2. Book, Stick, Chair, Person Lesson: this lesson incorporates activities to assess participants so you can understand their abilities.  Use this lesson early on to understand your group dynamics.
  3. Concentration and Partner Work Lesson:  We designed this lesson to teach your group foundational drama skills for concentration and partner work.  This lesson sets an important classroom management signal (the "Freeze") and students work with partners to learn collaboration and cooperation.
  4. Body Objects Lesson: Creating Settings with Details (complementary):  this lesson was designed around the simple activity called Body Objects and makes use of the stories B.J.'s JourneyThe Dreamer or The Sacred Scarab Root.  Other stories can be adapted to this lesson as well.
  5. The Circus Lesson - Introducing the Three P’s:  This lesson introduces your class or group to the three P's: Planning, Practicing, Presenting (or Performing).  This lesson requires no additional materials.
  6. The Hare and Tortoise Lesson - Playing Animal Characters: This lesson is built around the story with the same name: The Tortoise and the Hare.  Most people will be familiar with this fable and our version of the story can be found on here along with the integration ideas and skills taught.  An alternate story to use with this lesson is How the Earth was Formed on Turtle's Back.
  7. The Sacred Scarab Lesson - Review & Assess:  this lesson builds on the previous six.  This is a culminating lesson for the introduction of drama. Most of the lesson is review and/or assessment.  If you are not assessing and the class appears ready to advance, you might also use this lesson to introduce or review story elements.  It works with the story The Sacred Scarab Root.
To go along with these lessons, you should read about the Getting Started Rubrics.  This will provide you assessments to evaluate student's progress.  Don't forget to visit our Resources area which has valuable tips and guides to assist you.

Think of the lessons as guides

The lessons are not meant to be prescriptive.  They are not meant for you to memorize and deliver in any definitive fashion. They are a guide for you. Alter them, add to them, rearrange them, personalize them, and/or eliminate them as you see fit. Once you have taught the lesson, we recommend you make notes in the blank column next to the lessons. Highlight items from the lesson you forgot and want to remember to include next time. Draw a line through anything you want to eliminate the next time you teach the lesson. Your lessons can be published on our web site for others to download, just contact us for more information. If you have experience with or understanding of drama/theater, please create your own personal curriculum with the materials here!  Use this site for new ideas. This Getting Started section is for the person who needs a way to begin.

Introductory Lesson Guide

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Start here if you're new to drama.  Welcome   to the Erickson Drama/Learning Program materials. Classroom teachers and drama educators: all ...
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The Erickson Drama/Learning Program is organized by four distinct and progressive levels and a Five Word Focus.  These Five Words cover the five beginning skills in ...
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The Erickson Drama/Learning Program contains three categories of drama objectives:  Self Management, Collaborative, and Discipline-based Art Objectives. Self-Management or Intrapersonal Objectives:  in order to ...
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We designed these lessons to introduce the skills and concepts of drama before moving to more integrated work.  Begin by ...
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Rubrics for Introductory Lessons
Rubrics for Introductory Lessons This download contains a series of rubrics that you can use as-is or adapt for use with the introductory lessons ...
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Drama Objectives

The Erickson Drama/Learning Program contains three categories of drama objectives Self Management, Collaborative, and Discipline-based Art Objectives.
  • Self-Management or Intrapersonal Objectives:  in order to participate in drama, which feels like and looks like play, participants must also achieve self discipline. Participants must learn responsibility for their own actions.
  • Collaborative or Interpersonal Objectives:  because both drama and theatre are group art forms it is important to build person to person skills among the participants. If attention is not given to interpersonal development, the artwork will not reach its full potential.
  • Discipline Based Art Objectives:  even though drama works well as a framework for integrating other curricular areas, it is still an art form recognized as an academic discipline. Time needs to be given to presenting knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and participating in this academic subject.
Sample_Skills_for_Objectives_colorized A combination of these objectives is necessary to achieve quality work from students.  More details on these objectives are located in the drama objectives PDF document.  In the same document, we detail for you the skills the learners or students will acquire with our introductory lessons and this program. For those who are using the National Standards as a base to build a curriculum in drama, these objectives have been aligned for you with those Standards (see chart within the drama objectives (PDF). Later, you can move into the grade level appropriate objectives found in our Grade Level Guide.

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Start here if you're new to drama.  Welcome   to the Erickson Drama/Learning Program materials. Classroom teachers and drama educators: all ...
Read More
Learning_Level_Pyramid_color
The Erickson Drama/Learning Program is organized by four distinct and progressive levels and a Five Word Focus.  These Five Words cover the five beginning skills in ...
Read More
Sample_Skills_for_Objectives_colorized
The Erickson Drama/Learning Program contains three categories of drama objectives:  Self Management, Collaborative, and Discipline-based Art Objectives. Self-Management or Intrapersonal Objectives:  in order to ...
Read More
PTSCover
We designed these lessons to introduce the skills and concepts of drama before moving to more integrated work.  Begin by ...
Read More
Rubrics for Introductory Lessons
Rubrics for Introductory Lessons This download contains a series of rubrics that you can use as-is or adapt for use with the introductory lessons ...
Read More

Drama Learning Levels

Learning_Level_Pyramid_color The Erickson Drama/Learning Program is organized by four distinct and progressive levels and a Five Word Focus.  These Five Words cover the five beginning skills in drama: concentration, imagination, transformation, imitation, and collaboration. Each successive level builds upon the previous becoming more complex and enriching.  All of the levels can occur yearly from 3 year olds through university study.  Advanced drama leaders can jump to any level they desire based on their participants’ or actors’ background.  It is recommended that beginning leaders work their way through each level.
Here are the four Drama Learning Levels: Level I:  FOUNDATION ACTIVITIES These are quick activities that introduce a skill or concept needed to do dramatic work.  These are “pre-drama” activities.  We converted some activities to lesson plan form and they can be found typically with the same name.  Once you become familiar, you will find most can be taught from the activity description using the “Tips, Hints and Strategies” section.  These are referenced as Activities and can be found using the Search bar or "Browse" menu above. Level II:  STORY DRAMA  – These are stories, which may or may not include corresponding lessons or units, that have students planning and practicing written, devised, scripted, or improvised stories.  Individual Stories can be found using the Search bar or "Browse" menu above. Level III:  LIFE DRAMA  – These are lessons or units that have participants engaged in stories that are NOT planned or practiced but, rather, mirror real life “story” as it unfolds. Level IV:  POINT OF VIEW DRAMA  – These lessons and units use a combination of Levels I, II, and III and a variety of improvisational strategies to allow students to experience a theme, idea, concept, or philosophy from different perspectives.

The Leader's role in the Drama Learning Levels

The leader's role (your role) changes from one learning level to another.  This is important to understand if the student's are to benefit fully from the curriculum.
  • Level I:  The teacher directs the activities. Students provide input but only at the direction of the teacher. The teacher acts as guide and rarely participates in the activities. The teacher side coaches, models, encourages, directs, begins, and ends the activities.
 
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    Level II:  The teacher often might conduct a Level I activity to introduce a skill or concept. This would be conducted as described above. The primary function of the teacher at this level, however, is to bring in or suggest material in which students can apply what they have learned to an enacted story. Students are free to make changes in the material. Students are given more and more control and choice over their work.
 
  • Level III:  The teacher becomes an active participant with the students. The teacher guides the students from within the drama, acting like a playwright and/or director as well as an actor. The students are also guiding the drama. The teacher does not know all of the twists and turns the lesson will take because this is a group project with the teacher as one member of the group. The teacher often learns along with the students.
 
  • Level IV:  The teacher moves between all levels. With indications and cues the students begin to combine all levels in order to fully explore an idea, theme, or subject from different perspectives.
You can download the Teacher's Role in the Learning Levels for reference.

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iconmonstr-power-on-9dc2fc
Start here if you're new to drama.  Welcome   to the Erickson Drama/Learning Program materials. Classroom teachers and drama educators: all ...
Read More
Learning_Level_Pyramid_color
The Erickson Drama/Learning Program is organized by four distinct and progressive levels and a Five Word Focus.  These Five Words cover the five beginning skills in ...
Read More
Sample_Skills_for_Objectives_colorized
The Erickson Drama/Learning Program contains three categories of drama objectives:  Self Management, Collaborative, and Discipline-based Art Objectives. Self-Management or Intrapersonal Objectives:  in order to ...
Read More
PTSCover
We designed these lessons to introduce the skills and concepts of drama before moving to more integrated work.  Begin by ...
Read More
Rubrics for Introductory Lessons
Rubrics for Introductory Lessons This download contains a series of rubrics that you can use as-is or adapt for use with the introductory lessons ...
Read More

Introductory Curriculum

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Welcome   to the Erickson Drama/Learning Program materials.


Classroom teachers and drama educators: all you need to implement this program in your classroom is a group of students, a space large enough in which to move comfortably, a signaling device, and you! Stage directors, coaches, counselors, and acting teachers: this program will give you many ideas to use in rehearsals and in workshop sessions with participants.  You will be primarily interested in the Level I Activities, Stories, and the Level II Lessons.  But don’t be afraid to take a look at the Level III and IV materials as these are great ideas for devising performance work with all ages and proficiency levels. This Getting Started section is for the person who needs a way to begin.
start_sign If you are new to OneStopDRAMAShop, here are some recommendations to get you going:
  1. Numbers-BlocksFIRST, read through the program overview below familiarizing yourself with the Drama Learning Levels.
  2. SECOND, for those new to drama or working with students who are beginners, start by teaching the 7 introductory lessons.  Not enough time to teach 7 lessons?  Then we recommend you download lessons 2-5 and begin with those.  If you are familiar with drama and have begun instruction previously, but still want support, then you might want to consider lessons 3-4 in the Introductory Lessons Section.
  3. THIRD, check out our resources and download what you need to be successful.
  4. FOURTH, begin downloading activities, lessons, stories, and other ideas to continue building your own drama/theater program, or curriculum for your students or participants.  Do it your way.
  5. FIFTH, have fun.  If you need support, don’t hesitate to contact us.  If you need a lesson developed to integrate with something you are teaching, we are here to assist with that as well.

Welcome, we are glad you are here!


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Introductory Lesson Guide

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Start here if you're new to drama.  Welcome   to the Erickson Drama/Learning Program materials. Classroom teachers and drama educators: all ...
Read More
Learning_Level_Pyramid_color
The Erickson Drama/Learning Program is organized by four distinct and progressive levels and a Five Word Focus.  These Five Words cover the five beginning skills in ...
Read More
Sample_Skills_for_Objectives_colorized
The Erickson Drama/Learning Program contains three categories of drama objectives:  Self Management, Collaborative, and Discipline-based Art Objectives. Self-Management or Intrapersonal Objectives:  in order to ...
Read More
PTSCover
We designed these lessons to introduce the skills and concepts of drama before moving to more integrated work.  Begin by ...
Read More
Rubrics for Introductory Lessons
Rubrics for Introductory Lessons This download contains a series of rubrics that you can use as-is or adapt for use with the introductory lessons ...
Read More