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Model Cornerstone Assessments in Film & Media

During 2020-2021, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, educators in Pennsylvania created and piloted Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) aligned with the Media Arts standards, but suitable for an interdisciplinary unit in theatre classrooms.  By permission of the educators, we feature these MCA units here at schooltheatre.org for theatre educators teaching film, media or virtual projections.  

MCAs model effective assessment practice and demonstrate that standards-based teaching in the arts is specific and, rigorous, by sharing a glimpse into one teacher's classroom. The MCAs come packaged with a suggested strategy for assessing student learning, types of evidence to collect, model rubrics, and samples of student work demonstrating their process and learning. The samples of student work illustrate the unit in action by providing a snapshot of a moment in time showing student response to instruction.   


Sound Design


Digital Scenery

Animated Film