Book, Stick, Chair, Person Lesson: The Three Drama Words

Book, Stick, Chair, Person: The Three Drama Words 

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Overview: the students will learn what transformation, imitation, and imagination have to do with drama.

Objectives:  students name the four fine arts; evaluate self and praise others; define the 5 key vocabulary words (concentration, imitation, imagination, transformation, collaboration); speak and listen in character.

Is there a book in your classroom?  Take that book and pass it around letting students transform it, in their imagination, into something else…that accomplished, move on to passing a stick (ruler), adding a chair and culminate with adding another actor into a finished scene or image.  Student work as playwrights as they create a scene.  They work as a director when they give instructions to another actor to transform into an object.  They work as actors, imitating how they might use the object if it were the thing they have imagined.  Students delight in this lesson and it will give you insights into your classroom dynamics as you lay a foundation for harder dramatic work to come.  This is part of our Introductory Lessons that serve to prepare students or groups for integrated drama work.  When your class has completed our introductory lessons, move to the appropriate grade level drama curriculum.

Book, Stick, Chair, Person Journal (Grades 6-8)

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.

Grade Level

  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade


  • Evaluation
  • Imagination
  • Imitation
  • Transformation


  • Evaluation
  • Observation
  • Praising
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Visual Art


  • Circle
  • Seated