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Elementary Model Cornerstone Assessments

A Model Cornerstone Assessment is a model of assessment with guidance for instruction which may be customized for use in your classroom.  Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are aligned to the 2014 National Theatre Standards and illustrated with examples of adjudicated student work.  MCAs have been created for elementary students at grades 2 and 5.  

Grade Two

MCA Title: Drama Machine 

Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting
Task Description: Students will collectively and collaboratively use body, voice and imagination in a teacher-led machine to express elements of a main character in a story. The students’ work in the guided drama exercise will demonstrate an ability to creatively respond to teacher side-coaching, questioning, and open-ended suggestions with body, voice and imagination. The students’ reflection on the drama exercise will demonstrate an ability to make connections between self, culture, and community.

2nd Grade Work Sample

Authors:  2014 National Theatre Standards Writing Team

Grade Two Student Performance

Students in the video were scored individually.  Keep an eye on student 221 in the back who scored at standard during the benchmarking.

Drama Machine Performance Rubric

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  • 2nd Grade MCA; Drama Machine
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Grade 5

MCA Title: Adapting a character from literature or a folk story into an improvised scene
Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding

Task Description: Students will use physical and vocal characterization to interpret, through a planned improvisation, a scene from a
work of literature or folk story. They will perform their improvisation for an audience and will reflect on a peer’s performance using
drama/theatre vocabulary.

Authors:  2014 National Theatre Standards Writing Team

5th Grade Student Performance - Character Improvisation

In this 5th grade group performance, all students were scored individually. Keep an eye on student number 1 and student number 4, both of whom scored At Standard during the benchmarking. 

5th Grade Character Improvisation Rubric

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  • 5th Grade MCA Unit: Character Improvisation
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Other Grade Levels

Middle Grades MCA Packages

HS Perf MCA Packages

HS Tech MCA Packages