Crossing the Road Lesson

Crossing the Road Lesson: Conflicts

Objective: students learn about different types of conflict through drama.

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This lesson uses drama to demonstrate the different types of conflict (part of the fourth grade objectives). You can download our poster with the five different types of conflict to post in your classroom. This lesson also focuses on contrasting story elements (who, what, why, when, where, and conflict/resolution) and literary elements (plot, character, setting, problem, and theme). This lesson uses the original story The Ghost Who Couldn’t Scare by Karen Erickson - download it to complete the materials. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: Crossing the Road

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. 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. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Fourth Grade Curriculum


Grade Level


  • Conflict
  • Story Elements


  • Conflict
  • Story Elements
  • Story Structure


  • Open