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Enjoy these Model Cornerstone Assessments

Enjoy several free Model Cornerstone Assessment Units below. 

  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Long Story Short
    Understanding that actors are storytellers, students will synthesize knowledge and personal experiences into a one to three minute original monologue which tells a story and perform the monologue as a staged reading or rehearsed performance.
  • HS-I Proficient MCA: Creating a Devised Play
    Students will work collaboratively to create a devised play or scene based on a contemporary photograph, and present the resulting script as a staged reading. Authors: Theatre Educator Matthew Moody with Julia Cuppy, La Jolla Playhouse
  • HS-III Advanced MCA: Devising Theatre for Social Issues
    Students will create a collaborative devised theatre piece by engaging in active exploration of a theme/issue/idea, preparing a dramaturgical notebook, and using research and exploration to identify ways in which space, architecture, rhythm, movement, sound, light, text and tension can deliver the message. Authors: Theatre Educator Kristie Fuller with NYC teaching artist Kate Lee
  • HS-III Advanced MCA: Hip Hop Musical
    Students will create a concept for a collaborative devised musical theatre piece in the genre of Hip Hop musical theatre, and write three songs for the musical. Authors: Theatre Educator Brian Jennings with Broadway Actor Arbender Robinson


Search through model lesson plans for grades K-12 created by educators for EdTA as a part of the 2020 EdTA Lesson Plan Project.

  • Collaborative Playmaking
    High School Advanced lesson by Julia Cuppy. In this lesson, students collaborate and create a short improvised theatre piece centered on a central idea or theme by using the devised theatre process.
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  • Performing the Character Analysis Monologue
    High School Advanced lesson by Natalie Dommer for students to learn how to research the world of a character beyond the script for the purpose of writing a monologue and then presenting it.
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  • Adaptation from Page to Stage
    High School Advanced lesson by Erin Moughon-Smith. In this writing lesson, students adapt a current event story into a dramatic piece, justify their theatrical choices, and revise their piece based on rehearsal and feedback.
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  • How to Write a Ten-Minute Play
    High School Advanced lesson by Erin Moughon-Smith. In this writing class, students create their own ten-minute play. They revise this play based on self- and peer feedback. There is a list of places students can submit their finished work for possible readings, productions, publishing, and/or awards.
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