New York City Department of Education Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Theatre k-12
The Benchmarks (below) align with the following TDF Education Programs Open Doors PLay by PLay RAP Stage Doors
Theater Making: Acting        
Through sequential and sustained activities in various theater forms, students improve upon and gain new performance skills        
Theater Making: Playwriting/Play Making        
Students will increase their range of expression as playwrights through the use of vocabulary and dramatic structure, and by exploring various theatrical styles and forms        
Students apply elements of research, imagination and revision in their dramatic writing        
Student playwrights extend and revise their written work guided by peer assessments and self-assessments        
Students refine their ability as playwrights to express point of view and personal vision.        
Working alone and in groups, students begin to recognize and articulate their personal vision and the cultural context of their work        
Developing Theater Literacy        
Students use vocabulary that is authentic and integral to theater        
Students integrate an understanding of dramatic text and theatre history in their response to live performance        
Students develop an appreciation of the role of theatre in various cultures by exploring eras and personages in theatre history and, in particular, New York City theatre.        
Making Connections Through Theatre        
Students examine the themes and context of theater works to recognize and connect personal experience to universal themes        
Students demonstrate a capacity for deep personal connection to theater and a realization of the meaning and messages in theater        
Students investigate how arts are incorporated in the threatre production and articulate the distinct choices that are made within the art forms to interpret and develop the theatre work        
Working With Community & Cultural Resources        
Students invigorate and broaden their understandings of theater through collaborative partnerships with theater professionals        
Students gain an appreciation of the range of performance opportunities available to them through ongoing experiences with theater in New York City        
Students expand and invigorate their theatre learning by using theatre resources        
Exploring Careers and Lifelong Learning        
Students cultivate a personal response to an affinity for theater as a part of their lives        
Students become self-guided pre-professionals by identifying theatre internships.        
As theatre goers, students research options for attending theatre independently and in small groups.        
Students are introduced to the variety of careers in theatre, on-stage or behind the scenes        
Students explore the collaborative process of theatre production        
Through speaking about and sharing theatre-going experiences, students understand they can enjoy and participate in theatre throughout their lives.        
Students reflect upon and communicate their experiences as audience members to peers, families and professionals.