2nd Grade Rubrics & Assessments

Measuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess student learning and the effectiveness of instruction.  These tools were designed to support the Second Grade Curriculum.  Below is a brief description of each tool.

  • Frequency Rating Scale:  This tool can be used for teacher feedback (to evaluate the effectiveness of lesson delivery) or as a student self-assessment.  It might need to be read aloud to the students as they mark the circle they think best describes their work.
  • Informal Assessments:  This chapter includes five Drama Review worksheets to check student knowledge throughout the second grade year.  Each worksheet has a lesson number after which you might distribute the worksheet.  Generally, they are recommended for use after the knowledge being assessed has been both taught and reviewed. You may need to read the questions for your students or modify them to meet your students’ needs.
  • Getting Started with Drama Rubrics:  The rubrics were created to address the basic skills taught in the second grade curriculum.  I use selected components of this rubric regularly, both in the classroom and in teacher workshops.  You will find a teacher rubric and a sister rubric written in student language.  Give students only those parts of the rubric that you cover in a given lesson. You might want to create additional rubrics and a student record sheet for documenting student progress.
  • Final Drama Assessment:  This paper and pencil assessment measures knowledge that students should be able to identify and define by the end of second grade. You may need to read the questions to your students, which is fine. Or you might use this as a guide to create a final assessment most appropriate for the needs of your class.
  • Performance Assessment:  Of course, in drama it is not enough to measure knowledge and skills with paper and pencil.  This sample performance assessment breaks down the process into simple steps and includes detailed instructions for the assessor.  The assessment indicators can be measured using the Getting Started with Drama Rubric.  Again, you might want to create a record sheet to document student scores.  As a final note, the use of a video camera can be very helpful with this type of assessment.  It will allow you time to go back to evaluate and score individual student work.

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2nd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Second Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for seven- to eight-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Second Grade Curriculum (also listed below) in a handy …
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2nd Grade Lessons
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2nd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Frequency Rating ScaleInformal AssessmentsFinal Drama AssessmentPerformance Assessment 2nd Grade Rubrics2nd Grade Rubrics in student languageMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the …
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2nd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Second Grade  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 …
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2nd Grade Vocabulary

Vocabulary for the Second Grade 

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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 Second Grade Curriculum.

2nd Grade Lessons

Recommended Lesson Sequence for Second Grade 

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The lessons suggested for our Second Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a 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.

NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.

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September1.    Three Drama Skill Words

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1, 2
2.    The Mirror: Building Concentration

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2, 4c
October3.    BJ’'s Journey: Body Objects Transformation

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2, 3c
4. The Greatest Show on Ice: Planning & Practicing

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3a-d, 4d
November5. Hare & the Tortoise: Animal Characters & Movement Choices

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4f, 5
6. Frog & Snake: Reviewing 3 Tools & 3 Ps’

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4d-f
7. Zookeeper Solves a Problem: Using Voice

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4a, g, 6
December8. Sydney & Jojo: Speaking Text

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4c, 4e
9. Turtle Who Lived by the Pond: Transformation

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2, 3, 4b
10. The Paper Bag Princess: Story Elements

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7
January11. Emotion Story

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8
12. Animal Treasure: Emotions

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8
February13. Lon Po Po: Conflict

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3d, 7
14. The Apple: Learning to be an Audience

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9
March15. The Dance Contest

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10
16. Drama in Other Places

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11
April17. Yo! Yes?: Communicating Ideas

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7
18. Do Not Open I: Putting Action Verbs into Acting

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2, 7
19. Do Not Open II: Transformation & Predicting

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2, 7
May20. The Long Ago Community

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4h, 11
JunePaper & Pencil Assessment
Formal Performance Assessment
Additional Rubrics

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2nd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Second Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for seven- to eight-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Second Grade Curriculum (also listed below) in a handy ...
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2nd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Second Grade Purchase Lesson Sequence Outline only
Purchase or download individual lessons below The lessons suggested for our Second Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt ...
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2nd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Frequency Rating ScaleInformal AssessmentsFinal Drama AssessmentPerformance Assessment 2nd Grade Rubrics2nd Grade Rubrics in student languageMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the ...
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2nd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Second Grade  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 ...
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2nd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards

Second Grade Drama Objectives 

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Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards

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These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for seven- to eight-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Second Grade Curriculum (also listed below) 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.
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2nd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Second Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for seven- to eight-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Second Grade Curriculum (also listed below) in a handy ...
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2nd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Second Grade Purchase Lesson Sequence Outline only
Purchase or download individual lessons below The lessons suggested for our Second Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt ...
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2nd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Frequency Rating ScaleInformal AssessmentsFinal Drama AssessmentPerformance Assessment 2nd Grade Rubrics2nd Grade Rubrics in student languageMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the ...
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2nd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Second Grade  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 ...
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Second Grade Drama Curriculum

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2nd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Second Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for seven- to eight-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Second Grade Curriculum (also listed below) in a handy …
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2nd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Second Grade Purchase Lesson Sequence Outline only
Purchase or download individual lessons below The lessons suggested for our Second Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt …
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2nd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Frequency Rating ScaleInformal AssessmentsFinal Drama AssessmentPerformance Assessment 2nd Grade Rubrics2nd Grade Rubrics in student languageMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the …
Read More
2nd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Second Grade  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 …
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About this Curriculum Guide for Second 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 foundational 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 six- to eight-year-old students.

The objectives in this Drama Curriculum can essentially be sorted into three categories:

  1. Self-management (intrapersonal) objectives
  2. Collaborative (interpersonal) objectives
  3. 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

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 [“Second 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.  NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.

These specific grade level lessons are all you will need to cover the drama knowledge and skills, and connect drama to your classroom teaching.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.