Tales Retold

Tales Retold Story  Is the Wicked Witch really so wicked? What did the Big Bad Wolf do that was so bad? Is Prince Charming’s life not quite as charmed as we thought? Students in grades 3-8 will love this hilarious retelling of classic fairy tales. With plenty of active roles available, this piece is a … Read more

Body Objects: Acting The Dreamer Story

Body Objects: Acting The Dreamer Story How do we get students excited about the details and setting in a story? Dive into the vivid world of The Dreamer, adapted from One Thousand and One Nights by Karen L. Erickson. In this lesson, students in grades 4-12 can practice collaboration, cooperation, and transformation skills by using … Read more

Liars Club Lesson

Liars Club Lesson How do actors bring truth to every performance they do, even if it’s outside their own experience? In this lesson, students in grades 6-8 will have the chance to practice telling each other true stories that happened in their lives, and then telling each other’s stories to the class as if they … Read more

Three Billy Goats Gruff Lesson

Three Billy Goats Gruff Lesson Objective: students will learn to identify and imitate the four basic emotions: happy, sad, mad, and scared. Continuing the work from the previous Emotions Lesson in the Kindergarten series, the Three Billy Goats Gruff uses a familiar fairy tale to give the students further practice in expression of the basic … Read more

The Dragon Hunt Lesson

The Dragon Hunt Lesson Objective: students add concentration to their use of imagination with the five senses. What child doesn’t dream of searching for dragons?  Building on the previous Magic Carpet lesson, you will guide the children in their hunt as they use their imagination and the five senses in their search (part of the … Read more

The Magic Carpet Lesson

The Magic Carpet Lesson Objective: students use their imagination and experiment with the five senses to take a magic carpet ride. Young children revel in using their senses to explore the world around them.  This lesson gives them the opportunity to use their imagination and the five senses to create a drama.  You will guide … Read more

The Elves & the Shoemaker Lesson

The Elves & the Shoemaker Lesson Objective: students demonstrate concentration, listening, and imitation skills. Building on the previous lessons in the Kindergarten series, students begin working with listening and imitation skills (part of the kindergarten objectives).  We adapted this lesson from the Grimm’s fairytale and you can use your own version or we included one … Read more

Ferdinand Lesson

Ferdinand Lesson: Fantasy & Real Life  Objective: students compare characters and situations in drama to situations and people in real life. Bullying and being misunderstood are topics explored through the story “Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf. This lesson in our third grade sequence continues the comparison of people and situations in drama to real life (part of … Read more

The First Woodpecker Lesson (Part 2)

The First Woodpecker Lesson (Part 2): Transformation  Objective: Students compare characters and situations in drama to situations and people in real life. Students combine the primary drama tools to create character and setting. Students demonstrate transformation in a drama. Transformation is key to the message of the story and understanding of societal values of the … Read more

The First Woodpecker Lesson (Part 1)

The First Woodpecker Lesson (Part 1): A Life Drama  Objective: Students compare characters and situations in drama to situations and people in real life. Students combine the primary drama tools to create character and setting. Mythic stories appeal to all ages. This story of “The First Woodpecker,” based on Native American myth, is a powerful lesson … Read more