Curriculum, Teacher Training, and Products
for Arts Integration and Literacy
in Pre-K, K-12, and College

Alabama Textbook Adoption

Purchase With IMA Funds Available Now (2018 only)
Aligned With the K-12 Alabama Theatre Standards

Curriculum for Creative Drama, Theatre, Literacy, and Arts Integration
Ideal for K-12 Theatre or English, and K-5 Classroom or Music Teachers

Program Components (Digital and Print)

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    Drama Works! Online
    • The entire curriculum in digital format
    • Access DW from computer, tablet, or phone
    • Read, project, or print digital content
    • Alignment with AL theatre standards K-12
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    Companion Book of Lesson Plans
    • 150 lesson plans, 65 indexes, and glossary
    • Work offline to quickly find and lead lessons
    • Save time and cost of printing from DW
    • Custom plastic binding/covers/tabs/pocket
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  • Creativity Cards
    • 500 cards from DW in 10 color-coded sets
    • Instant ideas and story starters for acting,
    arts integration, and vocabulary development
    • 3x5” size, wild cards, tabs, booklet, and box
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  • Vocabulary Cards
    • 300 cards from DW in 4 color-coded sets
    • Standards-based theatre and literary terms
    with definitions, examples, and bonus content
    • 3x5” size, durable tabs, booklet, and box
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Adoption Information for Alabama Schools and Districts

Textbook Adoption Powerpoint | Price List  | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | License Agreement

Drama Works! Teaching System: the new theatre textbook for Texas (details)

Drama Works! has been reviewed and approved by the Texas State Board of Education as the new textbook in creative drama and theatre arts for the state of Texas (details).  Since 2015, Ddrama Works! has been adopted in dozens of districts and we have trained hundreds of teachers (theatre K-12, elementary generalists for arts integration, and elementary music teachers) how to get the most out of the digital and print components. We can offer you free consultations to take advantage of our experience and help you put together a package of licensing and PD teacher training services.

Drama Works! is created from and aligned with state and national standards in arts and literacy, including the NCCAS national arts standards, Common Core ELA, Texas TEKS for theatre, and California VAPA standards. Drama Works! Online now includes a detailed alignment to the Alabama theatre standards for grades K-12. It is a non-traditional textbook in that you do not need to purchase books for every student, just one set per teacher. Ours is a dynamic teaching system that combines digital and print components to reach visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles.

Drama Works! adoption choices for Alabama schools/districts

2018 is the year for fine arts textbook adoption in Alabama. Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) funds will be made available from the state this year only for the purpose of purchasing fine arts textbooks including for theatre arts. Alabama has no theatre options on the state-reviewed list of fine arts textbooks. We did not submit for this review process in Alabama, however you can choose to use your IMA funds to purchase Drama Works! Teaching System as a textbook for teaching theatre, English, or arts integration in the elementary classroom. Adopting Drama Works! represents a substantial savings over traditional textbooks because you do not have to pay for books for every student or purchase class sets. Our pricing is per teacher and each Single Teacher License includes use by all of that teacher's students at no extra cost. In addition, each district-purchased license can be reassigned to a new teacher taking over for an outgoing licensed teacher at no extra charge (by changing the user information and password). To simplify the process, we offer 3 package choices. Pricing is per teacher (see Price List).

1. Digital Only: includes Drama Works! Online digital access for each teacher
2. Digital/Print Package: includes Drama Works! Online and the Companion Book of Lesson Plans for each teacher
3. Complete System: includes Drama Works! Online, the Companion Book of Lesson Plans, the Creativity Cards, and the Vocabulary Cards for each teacher
Explore the tours and samples of the digital and print components available on our website to decide which package suits you best.
All 3 choices include an extended digital access option that lasts through school year 2023-2024.

Benefits of purchasing the extended digital access option
- Each license will be valid for the full adoption cycle through school year 2023-2024 (no need to pay for annual subscription renewals).
- Each license can be transferred to a newly hired teacher replacing a previously licensed teacher at no extra charge
- Save money and time compared to the cost of renewing licenses each year
- Take advantage of the one-time IMA funding to pay up front for digital access for the entire adoption cycle

Scheduling a free virtual presentation (for textbook review committee or administration)

Contact us to schedule a free virtual presentation with your textbook adoption committee or administration if considering licensing Drama Works! to multiple teachers. We connect with you from Los Angeles via Skype or Google Hangouts, then take you on a virtual tour of the curriculum, adoption packages, and PD teacher training options. We can answer questions and show you more than is publicly viewable on the website.

Funding sources

- 2018 Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) funds (one-time only, must be decided and approved this winter/spring)
- District budgets: Fine Arts, Gifted and Talented, Technology, School Site, Classroom
- Title I and Title II funds to support underprivileged, ESL, or struggling learners through arts integration
- Grants: arts integration, differentiated learning, STEM to STEAM
(e.g., Alabama State Council on the Arts, NEA, private foundations)

Who do I contact in my district for help with funding?
Best options are a Fine Arts or VAPA director, Curriculum & Instruction, Textbooks Coordinator, or your principal.

Ordering instructions and process

School or district volume orders, textbook adoptions, and extended digital access options for Alabama adoption are not available online and we do not accept credit card payments for such orders.  We do accept purchase orders. Shipping/handling will be based on quantity and weight. We do not charge tax for orders outside of California.

Step 1: Get an official price quote from us that includes all products, licenses, shipping, and PD teacher training services.
Step 2: Have your office or purchasing department send us all required paperwork to become a vendor for your school district.
Step 3: Send us your official purchase order with correct totals (PD services may require a separate PO and contract).
Step 4: We ship you print components and you choose a Login Administrator to oversee the teacher login credentials.
Step 5: We setup login credentials and send them to the Login Administrator who distributes them to each licensed teacher.
Step 6: We send you the invoice for payment due and you send us the check for payment.
Step 7: We work together to schedule any agreed upon teacher training services.

Drama Works! Alignment With Alabama's K-12 Theatre Standards

Drama Works! Online includes a section for Standards Alignments that is only available to licensed users after login. We have added a detailed alignment to the Alabama theatre standards for grades K-12. Below are sample images of our user-friendly standards alignment pages. Click on an image to enlarge it. Note that the Standards Alignment is only available in the digital component (Drama Works! Online) and not the print components (Companion Book of Lesson Plans, Creativity Cards, and Vocabulary Cards).


Teacher Training PD Services

Take advantage of our Staff Development services to help teachers learn how to use Drama Works! Teaching System to meet the Alabama theatre standards and enhance learning across the curriculum with arts integration. Learn directly from Mr. Jonas Basom, the author and creator of Drama Works! and award-winning teacher, professor, and arts education consultant.  Contact us for a free consultation to help you design an effective PD plan for teachers in your school/district. Our website statistics show that teachers who participate in our PD trainings are 5x more likely to login to Drama Works! Online than teachers who received materials but no PD training.

PD Evaluations
Elementary Teachers
Integrating Drama Across the Curriculum
Implementing Drama Works!
Model Demonstration Lessons
Secondary Teachers
Theatre Specialists (6-12)
English Teachers (grades 6-10)
Skype for Theatre Specialists (6-12)


School District Administrator Letters
Walter Smith, Houston ISD
George Faber, Tyler ISD
Martha Fair, Corpus Christi ISD
Drama Works! Teaching System
"The best curriculum I have seen in 35 years teaching high school drama! It is an amazing synthesis of a lifetime of top-quality theatre training, performing, teaching, and research. Ideal for beginning and veteran drama teachers of middle school and high school."

Ruben Van Kempen
Roosevelt High School
Named one of America's top ten theatre programs

“This program has replaced McCaslin as our required text for Creative Drama because it is more practical, has more features, and is directly tied to our state theatre arts standards. It makes my job easier and the students love the program! I know they will use it in their classrooms for years to come. I love the free support provided and contact with the author. An amazing tool!”

Nancy Jo Humfeld
Chair, Theatre Dept., Howard Payne University
TETA Past President

"This outstanding program is one of the best I have seen in 30 years teaching theatre at all grade levels. The integration ideas make it easy to adapt the game to lesson plans tied to the TEKS. Non-theatre teachers can succeed with the great ideas for classroom management and coaching."

Beverly (Burnside) Johnson
TETA K-8 Teacher of the Year recipient

"I am not at all computer literate, but this program is so easy to use.  I love how each game is written so clearly with everything I need to know from set up to evaluation.  Great connections to arts standards, multiple intelligences, and all school subjects."

Pam Fletcher Hill
Middle School Theatre

"Great for English Learners, Special Ed., and gifted students. This program improves all students' vocabulary, fluency, reading, and writing."

Esther Kim
Elementary Principal

"Great for busy teachers with little planning time. I have used the games to motivate my students to read and write, develop comprehension skills, and teach science concepts."

Kay Strenio
1st grade teacher

"Empowering! I am instantly connected to a wealth of simple, creative, and effective ideas. A tremendous addition to the curriculum!"

Kiffen Madden-Lunsford
3rd grade teacher

"My students gained confidence and improved their English language abilities. The games create a fun atmosphere for learning. They captivate and motivate students of all academic levels to experience success in the classroom!"

Edie Lynn
5th grade teacher

"I love the refrigerator dance!"

1st grade student

Staff Development Trainings
"The games and techniques on this program meet the TEKS and challenge students to the highest levels of creativity, language development, and thinking. Jonas is an engaging and inspiring presenter who has helped 120 of our generalist teachers gain skill and confidence using drama across the curriculum. These wonderful materials and dynamic teacher training workshops are perfect for meeting Senate Bill 815."

Troy Tinney
Director of Fine Arts (former)
Waco ISD

"We purchased the complete kit for one elementary teacher at every grade level throughout the district. Jonas' professional development in-service trainings for our teachers received overwhelming appreciation. By the end of the day, he had changed teachers from nervous and inexperienced observers to excited and confident participants asking for more!"

Tim Jones
Theatre Arts Advisor
Brownsville ISD

"We purchased the complete kit and full-day workshop for all of our theatre teachers, K-12. Our teachers absolutely loved the hands-on training!"

Martha Fair
Fine Arts Specialist
Corpus Christi ISD

"The best staff development we have ever had! Mr. Basom inspired 45 teachers with wonderful games that are easy to use in the classroom with different learning styles. His strategies for second language learners are some of the best I have ever seen. He is a master of his craft!"

Susy Oh
Elementary Principal

"Through his dynamic and interactive presentation, our teachers learned more effective strategies to implement the English Language Arts standards. A must see."

Luis Rojas
Elementary Assistant Principal

"Jonas is a very engaging speaker. His PD training is grounded in his experience as an actor and teacher. Great strategies for managing a large group through routines and procedures. Energetic, fun, and practical!"

Kay Bliss
High School Theatre

"Clearly demonstrated how we can combine the creative art of drama with an intellectually rigorous educational pedagogy that addresses language arts skills, multiple intelligences, and social skills. It was also great fun and I can apply the activities immediately to my classroom."

Jason Buchalter
2nd grade teacher

"Educational, applicable, interesting, fun, useful, and motivating!"

Michael Zito
4th grade teacher