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Dramatic Arts

The purpose of McCall’s Drama course is to provide students with a wide range of experiences that respond to the National Standard of the Arts and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  The courses meet three times per six-day cycle for a semester and are offered in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. 

In the drama course, students will develop interpersonal skills and awareness by cooperating in teams to solve problems, by placing themselves in other contexts, and by observing and providing feedback to other people’s work. Students will also learn to develop an appreciation of the theater, evaluate the success of dramatic expressions, and understand the elements of drama and theater.  

Students will study how social concepts such as cooperation, communication, collaboration, consensus, self-esteem, risk-taking, sympathy, and empathy apply not only to the study of theater but to everyday life.

All drama courses are semester-long courses.  Students who are enrolled in Drama will take General Music during the opposite semester. 

6th Grade Drama Course
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester 

Students will learn the various forms of theatrical expressions including an introduction to improvisation, the development of the ability to use their bodies and voices expressively, collaboration with others to create characters and tell stories, and the development of an appreciation for theater. 


7th Grade Drama Course
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester 

Students will learn to develop an aesthetic understanding of theater by learning the various elements of drama (i.e., CROW: character, relationship, objective, where), using these elements to create an original script, doing script analysis and scene work with existing works, and further developing an appreciation for theater.  


8th Grade Drama Course
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester 

Students will strengthen their performance skills and develop a deeper appreciation of theatrical performances.  Students will continue to learn how to develop theatrical scenes through playwriting and will analyze existing dramatic pieces from the viewpoints of dramaturg, director, actor, and designer.