Drama engages the imagination, develops conceptual, kinesthetic, emotional and social skills, and allows students to discover their own creative potential. By utilizing the National Core Arts Standards as the basis for our Drama curriculum at ASB, we ensure that students are receiving the highest quality standards based arts education we can offer.
For information about the National Core Arts Standards, please go to: http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/
Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade have Drama class once each week. Middle school students attend Drama classes during one trimester as part of their middle school arts rotation.
Discovery with Drama: Grades PK-2
Stories allow students to use their imagination while teaching children about our world, its people, cultures, and traditions. Stories in Drama inspire creative play and motivate students to explore ethical, social, and community issues. Students love to bring stories to life by recreating characters and favorite moments, so we utilize process drama, story drama, and creative play to teach performance skills that foster both creativity and self-awareness.
Explorations through Drama: Grades 3-5
Drama uses a variety of artistic skills in the creative process including: mime, improvisation, voice, movement, character development, directing and performance. These skills are learned and developed in a variety of ways including games, activities and various performances. With its emphasis on 21st century learning skills, Drama is integrated into school-wide learning goals and expectations: Reader’s Theatre and Story Structure (3rd grade), Collaborating to Create Imaginary Worlds (4th grade), and Exploring Social Justice Issues through Drama (5th grade).
Theatre Arts: Grades 6-8
Middle school students focus on the theatrical process of taking an idea, character and/or story, and bringing it to life on stage using a variety of techniques and methods. We continually build on our performance skills working on various activities and projects throughout the trimester:
- 6th grade students take a journey into the origins of western theatre by performing in a Greek Drama Festival each year.
- 7th grade students discover the world of William Shakespeare by studying his life, colorful characters and masterful plays. They will also experience Viewpoints training, an actor training technique that builds ensemble, improves listening skills and develops authentic responses.
- 8th Grade students work collaboratively to integrate previously learned theatre and presentation skills to refine, enhance, and magnify ease and execution of public speaking skills. Using strengths and interests as a basis for generating both choice and material, students examine how rhetorical practices can be applied to all of 8th grade leadership tasks. The goal of our work is to equip us all with the oral presentation skills required by this exciting 8th grade year and to prepare students for success in high school as speakers and presenters.