Initial Samples Released January 31, 2013
Hello drama and theatre arts educators,
I am proud to present the k-12 drama and theatre arts curriculum samples created by Colorado educators, practitioners and teachers. Working with our lead facilitator, Jay Seller, PhD from Adams 12 Five Star District, this past fall, over 30 drama and theatre arts educators came together to translate the Drama and Theatre Arts Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) into curriculum. As resources for districts’ voluntary-use, these curriculum samples offer possible options for sequencing the concepts, skills, and content of the CAS across a course or year.
The template upon which all of the samples are based derived from research and was designed and refined by Colorado educators to highlight what students should understand, know and be able to do at the end of a given unit or plan of study (detailed description of the curriculum template components). There are some unique aspects to the drama and theatre arts samples at particular grade levels, which are documented in the bullet points below.
Together, these samples are intended to support districts’ transition to the CAS and the development of standards-based instructional practices. Please click here to share your thoughts regarding the curriculum overview samples.
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Update February 15, 2013. In the original posting of the Drama and Theatre Arts samples, the completion of the sentence stem for the knowledge statements was somewhat confusing. To clarify this section, we have streamlined the knowledge statement to make the samples more accessible and user-friendly.
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High School Drama and Theatre Arts Samples
Unique components in high school drama and theatre arts:
- The process graphic, on the course at a glance page, provides a visual depiction of the cyclical process-based nature of the drama and theatre arts standards.
- Due to the variance of drama and theatre arts program offerings state wide, unit length and sequence have often been left up to individual practitioners to adjust for varied scheduling needs.
- The overviews are highly versatile and can be customized to meet a wide variety of drama and theatre arts program needs.
- These samples are designed to meet a variety of programming options within the state.
- The samples merge the fundamental and extended standards. Each sample is comprehensive and can be used as a stand-alone unit, or instructors can reorganize the samples from any of the sets to “mix and match” units at their discretion.
- Part One: Scripted Works, Character Development, Technical Theatre (Word or PDF)
- Part Two: Ensemble Building, Sketch Comedy, Acting Styles, Theatre History (Word or PDF)
- Film/Media Arts (Word or PDF)
Kindergarten - 8th Grade Drama and Theatre Arts Samples
Unique components in kindergarten - 8th grade drama and theatre arts:
- 8th Grade (Word or PDF)
- 7th Grade (Word or PDF)
- 6th Grade (Word or PDF)
- 5th Grade (Word or PDF)
- 4th Grade (Word or PDF)
- 3rd Grade (Word or PDF)
- 2nd Grade (Word or PDF)
- 1st Grade (Word or PDF)
- Kindergarten (Word or PDF)
The Colorado Sample Curriculum was written by and for Colorado educators as a way to understand and translate the state standards into curriculum. Users of the samples should feel free to copy, distribute and transmit the samples and to adapt them to fit their needs. Please honor the work of the Colorado educators that created these samples by providing them attribution. These samples were not intended for commercial purposes.