- The study of drama develops perspective in contemplating the human experience. Drama students acquire a greater social and cultural awareness of the world around them.
- Develop perspective in contemplating the human experience
- To harness their imagination and creativity, their critical thinking and problem solving.
- A deeper understanding of self and group expression through creative play and story, and grow in embracing process and choice to form an idea.
- To develop their artistic voice using the power of words and language, experiencing a deeper connection to text through physical and verbal choices.
Through drama and music students learn how to express emotions and ideas- both abstract and concrete- using sound, movement, and words.
Our work is intended to spark the students’ creative minds and give them a chance to interact in a positive and interesting way, while providing the teacher with techniques for incorporating voice, sound, and movement into everyday lesson planning.
- Students bring to life existing text such as fables, fairy/folk tales, poetry, historical accounts, or student-developed pieces.
- Some commonly used themes include: anti-bullying, conflict/resolution, and “My World.”
- Ideas explored are story structure, character, setting, plot, using the oral tradition.
- Mime, or puppets can be addressed.
- Students typically work in small groups.
Living History Perspective:
- Students explore historical time periods and key events by imagining and bringing historical text to life through character work and improvisation.
- Session work and suggested extension activities encourage students to explore the time period both as an observer and an imagined participant through character construction and development, journal/dialogue writing, and research.
- Popular topics include: Oregon Trail/Westward Expansion, Lewis and Clark, Civil War, Shackleton’s arctic adventure, and Portland’s history and future.
- Common themes: Exploration, Adventure, Bravery, and Impact.
- Scientific concepts and themes are brought to life (embodied, investigated) as students explore in an inventive style, which aids in comprehension and makes the difficult tangible.
- Some focus areas include: space exploration and the solar system, living ecosystems, life cycles, plant growth, animal adaptations and the water cycle.
- Our lessons observe curriculum guides according to Oregon State Standards, National Arts Standards, and Common Core.
- Students participate in multiple sensory learning; such as embodying the scientific principle of the plant growth process.
- Student’s life observations serve as a springboard for social communication.
- Social studies bring historical understanding of time periods and events through literature selections and dramatic activities.
- Speech and presentation with performance moves from the Drama classroom into the regular classroom with ease and ability to further study.
- We observe 21st Century Skills.
Space: One designated classroom where students come to me., Can move from classroom to classroom.
Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.
Breaks longer than an hour will be charged
Supplies: Rarely require more than paper and pencil.
Technology: Sometimes require projector, but can work around.
$75 per session (35-60 min. session depending on grade level)
Planning/Reflection meetings/Additional prep: $50/hr
Standard 1 prep hour planning per grade level: $50/hr
Teacher/Staff workshop: $100/hr
Travel expenses may be applicable for longer distances and charged at the IRS standard rate per mile. Supply cost is minimal to nothing as we operate on the premise of using everyday supplies.
Associate Director of Elementary Programs
North Clackamas School District
6th Grade Teacher
Abernethy Elementary, Portland Public School District
Mary Ann Blasen
1st Grade Teacher
Groner Elementary, Hillsboro School District