PLAYWRITING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
K-6 students will meet Core Standards in drama (create, perform/present/produce, respond, and connect). This one-of-a-kind tool, available through our In the Classroom program, strengthens students' writing skills and helps them create and perform their own work. The curriculum is easily adaptable to support any other subject or class project.
CURRICULUM AND LESSON PLANS
Our downloadable curriculum includes support materials (lesson plans, videos, audio files, worksheets) in English and Spanish! Also includes our Feedback Survey, K-6 Pacing Guides, and Utah Core Standards for Drama in English.
STUDENT PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL
SY23: A three-month residency with eighth graders at the Open Classroom, Salt Lake City School District, generated five short plays performed as the school play by students in grades 5-8 under the umbrella THE PROBLEM WITH MONEY, WAR, TACO TRUCKS, DRAGONS, AND DENIAL.
SY22: Twenty-nine plays were submitted (1-5 pages long, created by 140 student playwrights at three schools in three LEAs). Twelve were selected through an anonymous review process to be performed and filmed as staged readings by Conservatory students at Youth Theatre at the U. The 52 selected playwrights represent three schools in three LEAs and the Conservatory students represent one elementary, one middle, and six high schools in three LEAs. Enjoy the videos on the Youth Theatre at the U website!
SY21: Twenty-one plays were submitted (1-5 pages long, created by 47 student playwrights at six schools in four LEAs). All of them were performed and filmed as staged readings by Conservatory students at Youth Theatre at the U (representing one middle and four high schools in three LEAs). Enjoy the videos on the Youth Theatre at the U website!
Created as part of our In the Classroom program using our Playwriting With Young People curriculum, funded by the Utah State Board of Education as part of Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS).
Special thanks to Penny Caywood.