Richard Payne » Drama Syllabus

Drama Syllabus

Drama Syllabus


Teacher Mr. Payne

Contact info:

[email protected]


105 Berry Street

Sanger TX, 76266


About the teacher:


Mr. Payne has taught for over 20 years in different settings ranging from public to private and PreK-12th


B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting UNT

M. Ed. In Educational Leadership UNT

Currently working on Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

     Dissertation Topic: Fine art teacher impact on the development of human agency from conation in students.


Texas teaching certificates in

EC-12 Principal

PreK-12 Art

EC-12 Theatre 




1st Period ART

2nd Period ART 

3rd Period ART 

4th Period TRIBE TIME

5th Period ART

   B LUNCH               

6th Period DRAMA

7th Period ART

8th Period Conference

9th Period ART 



About the class:


I break learning drama into four categories.


1. Inquiry and Understanding

2. Creative Expression

3. Historical and Cultural

4. Critical evaluation and Response



Inquiry and understanding develop a student’s perception of human relationships, their environment, and themselves from and by using thematic conventions and elements of drama.


Creative expression allows students to think artistically, integrate knowledge from other content areas in a meaningful way, relate interpersonally, and build concepts of the self that are positive.


Historical and cultural gives students access to the heritage and traditions found in theatre and lets student inherent their cultural legacy from the theatre.  Students will also investigate the rich diversity and cultural vantage points that are represented in theatre from around the world.


Critical evaluation and response give opportunities for students to engage in Investigations and dialog, revise personal views to develop aesthetics and critical thinking, develop the ability to appreciate and evaluate theatre, and to accept constructive criticism. 


Texts for this class include:


1. The Essential Theatre, by Brockett and Ball

2. Supplemental material via the internet  


Special Supplies:


None required   




Students will be graded on the following criteria:


1. Completed work

2. Following directions

3. The quality of effort

4. The weight of the assignment.  The weight of the assignment will determine how many times the assignment will count.  What determines weight are as follows:

a. Difficulty

b. The length of assignment/time

c. Importance




The purpose and goal of discipline is to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning and to create an atmosphere that is inclusive, safe, and cooperative.


Students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct and to adhere to established class procedures.  Failure to do so will result in a range of consequences including but not limited to:


1. Reminder of expectations

2. Loss of privileges in class (such as seat choice)

3. Parent notification

4. Detention

5. Office referrals



"Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou