Drama/Theatre & Film

Useful Websites for Lesson Plans, Organizations, and more

  • Drama Based Instruction (DBI)
    • Drama-based instruction is an umbrella term for a collection of teaching tools (including interactive games, improvisation, and role-playing) designed to be used in conjunction with classroom curriculum. DBI offers several teaching strategies, lesson plans, and resources for educators.
    • Teaching Strategies/Lesson Plan Ideas
  • Reader’s Theater Editions
    • Reader’s Theater Editions are free scripts for reader’s theater (or readers theatre) adapted from stories written by Aaron Shepard and others—mostly humor, fantasy, and world tales from a variety of cultures. A full range of reading levels is included, with scripts aimed mostly at ages 8–15. The scripts may be freely copied, shared, and performed for any noncommercial purpose, except they may not be posted online without permission.

 

  • Brigham Young University (BYU) ARTS Partnership in the David O. McKay School of Education
    • Lesson Plans – This website offers a variety of lesson plans for K-6 classroom teachers and art specialists.
    • Basic Classroom Management Overview PD Video – In this series, Kim Babka, Educational Consultant, shares her suggestions and strategies for classroom management. As you try her suggested strategies in your classroom, some will work for you and others will need to be adapted to suit your style and personality.
    • Getting Started as a BTSALP Specialist PD Video– Experienced specialists in each art form share their best tips and strategies for success in their classroom including setting up your classroom and planning your year.
  • Elementary Arts Integration
    • This website is designed to empower teachers and parents to actively engage children for learning in and through the arts. Arts integration ideas and suggestions are divided in the menu according to four arts: musicdancevisual art, and dramaArticles explore concepts about what arts integration is and what high quality arts integration looks like. The blog includes less formal reflections about teaching and learning through the arts.
  • PNC Grow Up Great®
    • PNC Grow Up Great® helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success.  PNC Grow Up Great® grant partners developed these free, printable, theme-based lessons in science and the arts to help add a spark of excitement to your classroom. They are designed to be used flexibly with existing curricula. We understand the importance of high quality. You can feel confident knowing that these resources were developed by highly regarded organizations and early childhood educators.
    • Lesson plans by preschool theme.
    • Sesame Street® Learning Resources – Developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street®, these free bilingual resources help parents, caregivers and educators turn everyday moments into learning opportunities for young children.
  • The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
  • TED-Ed Lessons and Clubs
    • TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs – an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.

 

Local Professional Development Organizations and Programs for Schools

  • Art Access
    • Art Access is a community-focused organization that strives to demonstrate that the arts are a universal vehicle for drawing out our similarities, celebrating our differences, and ultimately connecting us to each other. Through our philosophy of inclusion, we serve a diverse population of adults and children with and without disabilities, as well as the elderly, youth-at-risk, refugees, the homeless, veterans, and other disenfranchised peoples. Art Access offers a diverse collection of mission-driven programs, including gallery exhibitionsworkshopsartist residencies, literary arts activities, a mentorship program, and community outreach. We are an affiliate of VSA, which is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through its Office of VSA & Accessibility. We are the only arts organization in Utah that focuses on serving individuals with disabilities. Art Access continues to play a significant role in helping to eliminate social barriers and create an inclusive world for everyone through art.
  • Plan-B Theatre Company – Plan-B is the only professional theatre company in Utah creating new work specifically for elementary students. The Free Elementary School Tour (FEST), sponsored in part by the B.W. Bastian Foundation, launched with Sergei Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF (grades K-3, 2013). FEST reaches more than 15,000 Title I students annually at 40+ schools in seven counties, free of charge (presented by Davis Arts Council in Davis County).  For more information on the Free Elementary School Tour, please contact Jerry Rapier at jerry@planbtheatre.org.
  • Spy Hop: Youth Media Matters – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • For over 15 years, Spy Hop has mentored Utah’s young people in the digital media arts as a vehicle for free expression, self-discovery, critical thinking and skilled participation. Our after school and community programs in film, audio, design and music production are a model for youth development programs across the nation and Spy Hop is recognized by the White House as a leading nonprofit arts and humanities organization. SPY • HOP (v): The act in which a dolphin rises above the water in order to navigate and determine its position in relation to other members of the pod. 2. To look ahead. 3. To tune in.
    • POPS in the School Art Program
    • Upcoming Classes
  • Utah Advisory Council of Theater Teachers (UACTT)
    • The UACTT Association provides assistance to teachers in many different ways.   UACCT’s goal is to assist teachers in every aspect of their job by creating a support system that can be utilized at all times and are here to make the jobs of teachers better, listen to their concerns, mentor and assist them in networking as well as help teachers grow through training and education.
  • Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Opera by Children – Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre is very proud of our education outreach program Opera by Children, which has provided training for teachers and in-class mentoring for over 75,000 children to create their own operas in a classroom setting.  There is no cost to Utah teachers as their expenses are covered by generous state grants save a small fee for materials and their attendance at an Opera by Children training workshop, after which they are then eligible for participation in the full year-long program.
    • Utah Festival Academy Classes – Enhance your Utah Festival experience by attending the Academy Classes taught by industry professionals.  Classes include seminars on opera, musical theatre, directing, percussion, music history and more!
  • Utah Film Center’s Education/SHIFT – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • The FilmEDU Programs introduce students and teachers to the power of film as a teaching resource and improves students’ media literacy through film screenings, discussions, workshops, and classroom lessons that will increase student engagement, comprehension, and critical thinking while supporting core curriculum requirements for arts education.  FilmEDU holds professional development workshops, film festival field trips, and classroom presentations
    • In Your Classroom Presentations for Students – These in-classroom program offerings are for Utah public school students, grades 3rd-8th, and can be booked anytime during the school year. All opportunities are offered free-of-charge and are made possible by generous support from the Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS), the Catalyst Foundation and Art Works For Kids.
    • SHIFT: A program of Utah Film Center – The SHIFT mission is to provide high-quality, sustainable professional development for K-12 educators to integrate the filmmaking process, often referred to as digital storytelling, into core academic areas.  With a strong emphasis in writing, the SHIFT model is committed to strengthening teacher practice, increasing student achievement, and developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.
    • Film Spark – Providing engaging documentary films and video content and supporting the development of communication, critical thinking, media literacy, social action, and media creation, the Film Spark series is also paired with Educator Study Guides for grades 6-12.
    • Tumbleweeds Festival Field Trips – The Utah Film Center is pleased to offer Tumbleweeds Festival Field Trips. Classes are invited to attend one of a list of movies available through the Tumbleweeds Film Festival. All films are accompanied by corresponding grade level curriculum and/or a post-screening discussion. Film titles for fall field trips will be announced in late spring.
  • UtahPresents
    • UtahPresents offers professional development in the arts for teachers, through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with Salt Lake City School District and U of U Youth Theatre.
    • Student Matinees – We welcome students from public, private, parochial and home schools to our matinees. To register, go to the website, click on the matinee title, then click on the registration button.  Study guides are provided for all matinee performances.  For more information, or to be added to the email list about student matinees, please contact Robin at robin.wilks-dunn (at) utah.edu.
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
  • Utah Theater Association (UTA)
    • The Utah Theatre Association has expanded its scope to become a resource for theatre educators and pre-service teachers and has built ties to the Utah State Board of Education. UTA is committed to offering workshops geared towards current and prospective theatre educators at their annual conferences.  The Utah Theatre Association produces the annual theatre conference and is committed to introducing high school students to representatives from college and university theatre programs.
  • Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Education – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • The Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Education Department creates and oversees music outreach opportunities for audiences of all ages. For students and teachers, we offer both opera and symphony assembly programs, with associated in-depth extensions of the performances. We regularly present students as soloists and in choirs with the symphony, and we sponsor original opera projects with participating classes, projects that culminate in our annual Children’s Opera Showcase. We also offer teacher workshops and performance attendance opportunities with education extensions for teachers and students. For families, we offer a concert series engaging children. Click here for more information about our family series.
    • Student & Under 30 Ticket Discounts
    • Open Rehearsals/Symphony for the Schools
    • Opera-tunities – Utah Opera invites students (grades 7-12), chaperones, and teachers to their final dress rehearsal performances. Performances are at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City and are $3 for students and $5 for teachers and chaperones.  Junior and senior high school students with their teachers are invited at a minimal charge to attend final dress rehearsals of main stage productions on the Thursday before Opening Night in Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre with events running from 7-10 p.m.  For tickets, call 801-522-6683.
    • Events for Individuals with Special Needs – Utah Symphony | Utah Opera offers an annual concert for children with special needs and their families. We present this concert because we know that many families cannot attend cultural events together because some special needs children may have difficulty keeping quiet in their seats. We feature the Utah Opera Resident Artists with the Utah Symphony on the Capitol Theater Stage this special concert.

 

National and Utah Professional Arts Organizations

  • American Alliance for Theater & Education (AATE)
    • The American Alliance for Theatre & Education serves and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.  AATE envisions a world where every child has access to drama and theatre; where every city has a theatre for young audiences; where every community has a youth theatre; where every school has a theatre arts curriculum. We envision a time when the full spectrum of the theatre arts becomes a pervasive part of our landscape.
  • Arts Education Partnership
    • Current and emerging information about arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.
  • ArtsEdSearch
    • A collection and summarization of high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and their implications for educational policy and practice.
  • Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
    • Information on the program that Weber State University and school districts work with to provide arts integrated instruction to elementary students around the state of Utah.
  • Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
    • A method organizing thinking skills into six levels, from the most basic to the more complex levels of thinking.
  • Drama and Theater Resources Guide by Super Summary
    • Resources about the history and craft of drama and theater, teaching and study resources and theatrical production resources, among many others.
  • Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
    • Provides professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition for students and educators.
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council
    • The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation. The Salt Lake City Arts Council offers workshops to help artists manage their careers. Topics may include applying for exhibition or performance opportunities, developing written materials such as biographies or artist statements, managing budgets, or learning the legal terms and rights of working artists.
  • Theater for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA)
    • Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA), is a national service organization whose mission is to promote the power of professional theatre for young audiences through excellence, collaboration and innovation across cultural and international boundaries.  YA/USA is the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), and a national membership organization that strengthens the artistic and cultural impact of theatre for young audiences by empowering, connecting and inspiring our members – thereby fostering a global appreciation of the field’s excellence.
  • Utah Education Association (UEA)
    • For more than a century, the Utah Education Association has been dedicated to preserving and enhancing Utah public education. The UEA represents 18,000 active classroom teachers, retired educators, administrators, licensed educational support personnel and students in education programs at universities.  There typically is a UEA Convention & Education Exposition every year.
  • Utah Education Network (UEN)
    • UEN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UEN is one of the nation’s premier education networks.
  • Utah State Board of Education: Fine Arts
    • Links to the USBE Fine Arts Core Standards, information about professional development events, and contacts for fine arts organizations.