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Texas Textbook Adoption

The Only State-Approved Option in Grades K-8!
Meets the K-12 Theatre TEKS


Reviewed and Approved by the Texas State Board of Education
Ideal for K-12 Theatre, and K-5 Classroom and 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
    • Theatre TEKS alignments K-12
    Learn MoreDigital Preview | Sample Lesson
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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
    Learn MoreDigital Preview | Sample Lesson
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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
    Learn MoreDigital Preview
  • home-vocab-cards
    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
    Learn MoreDigital Preview

Adoption Information for Texas Schools

Adoption Overview | Price List  | Compare ComponentsFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | License Agreement

The all-new Drama Works! Teaching System

Welcome to the new textbook in creative drama and theatre arts instruction for the state of Texas! Formerly known as The Drama Game File, the program features all-new content and components, with a change in delivery format from CD-ROM to online access. Drama Works! is designed to meet the new K-12 TEKS for theatre (2015) as well as teach with drama across the curriculum. It represents the cutting edge of pedagogy and technology, combining digital and print components to engage the teacher and students in hundreds of dynamic lesson plans. Adopting Drama Works! represents a substantial savings over traditional textbooks because you do not have to pay for books for every student. Pricing is per teacher and includes use by all of that teacher's students. In addition, each district-purchased license can be reassigned to a new teacher taking over for an outgoing teacher (and there is no extra charge for this transfer).

Drama Works! adoption choices for Texas schools/districts

1. Digital Only: includes Drama Works! Online 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
*All 3 choices have 1, 2, 4, or 8 year digital access options. Save more by adopting for longer up front!

Order directly in EMAT or send us a purchase order (Help). District volume orders and textbook adoptions are not available online and we do not accept credit card payments for such orders. Individual teachers can order directly online using a personal or school credit card.

Contact us to schedule a video conference session with your adoption committee or administration. We will "share screen" to provide a detailed tour of the digital content (more than you can see in the digital previews included on this website).

Drama Works! Alignment to Texas Theatre TEKS

Drama Works! Teaching System was reviewed by the Texas State Board of Education as part of Proclamation 2015 for Fine Arts Textbooks.  It was approved for adoption as the new theatre arts textbook in Texas school districts for grades K-12.  Drama Works! is the ONLY state-approved theatre arts textbook for grades K-8. Below are sample images of Drama Works! user-friendly TEKS alignment pages, which are located under Standards Alignments after logging into Drama Works! Online. Click on an image to enlarge it. Note that the TEKS 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). For more details about our Texas state review results, go to (FAQ).


House Bill 5 and elementary theatre

The passage of House Bill 5 by the Texas legislature now requires that art, music, and theatre be taught by certified teachers at the elementary level. Most districts do not employ elementary theatre teachers, or do not have enough to cover all campuses and students. However, there are other teachers that qualify to deliver the K-5 theatre TEKS. The most common solution is to equip and train elementary classroom teachers. Drama Works! was written and designed for the generalist teacher as well as the theatre specialist. We have trained thousands of elementary teachers throughout Texas and can provide the materials and training to ensure success for all teachers. Some districts have chosen to integrate the K-5 theatre TEKS into their elementary music programs. Drama Works! includes hundreds of integration ideas and activities for music instruction; it helps elementary music teachers address both music and theatre TEKS. We also have experience training groups of music teachers for arts integration. Drama Works! is the only state-approved textbook for elementary schools and it meets 100% of the K-5 theatre TEKS! Plus, you don't have to purchase books for every student, just the materials for each teacher.  Our low pricing gives you the opportunity to equip and train all of your elementary teachers. With Proclamation 2015 and the IMA funds coming for fine arts, now is the time to implement quality theatre instruction for all elementary students! Contact us for a free consultation to help you design a multi-year adoption plan based on successful models we've applied in other districts.

Teacher Training Services

Take advantage of our Staff Development services to help teachers learn how to use Drama Works! Teaching System to meet the theatre TEKS and enhance learning across the curriculum. Learn directly from Mr. Jonas Basom, the author and creator of Drama Works! and award-winning teacher and consultant presenter. Free PD trainings are included with every 50 sets of Drama Works! purchased. See Price List for details. Contact us for a free consultation to help you design an effective staff development plan for teachers in your school/district.

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)

Texas School District Adoptions

The following school districts have adopted Drama Works! Teaching System as their theatre arts textbook beginning in 2015. Middle school and high school adoptions are for theatre teachers. Elementary school adoptions include mostly classroom teachers or music teachers to meet the theatre TEKS through arts integration, and, in some cases, elementary theatre specialists.

Abilene ISD
Aldine ISD
Allen ISD
Alvin ISD
Arlington ISD
Austin ISD
Beaumont ISD
Big Spring ISD
Borger ISD
Bryan ISD
Cleburne ISD
College Station ISD
Comal ISD
Cotulla ISD
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Decatur ISD
Dickinson ISD
El Paso ISD
Fort Worth ISD
Frisco ISD
Garland ISD
Gordon ISD
Greenville ISD
Gregory Portland ISD
Harlandale ISD
Higgins ISD
Houston ISD
Huckabay ISD
Irving ISD
Jacksonville ISD
Keller ISD
Lamar CISD
Lewisville ISD
Malone ISD
Marshall ISD
Merkel ISD
New Boston ISD
New Caney ISD
New Waverly ISD
Northside ISD
Onalaska ISD
Pasadena ISD
Paris ISD
Port Arthur ISD
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Rains ISD
Robinson ISD
Roma ISD
Rusk ISD
San Antonio ISD
San Marcos CISD
Seagraves ISD
Sealy ISD
Seguin ISD
Sharyland ISD
Socorro ISD
Terrel ISD
United ISD
Uvalde ISD
Waxahachie ISD
Weslaco ISD
West Orange-Cove CISD
White Settlement ISD

Texas Testimonials

Administrator Letters
Walter Smith, Houston ISD
George Faber, Tyler ISD
Martha Fair, Corpus Christi ISD
Nancy Jo Humfeld, past president of TETA
"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