Emotion Story Lesson

Emotion Story Lesson

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Objective: students communicate emotions through physical movement, facial expression, and posture.

Playing emotions is at the heart of becoming a character and this lesson assists in building that skill. Students first imitate simple actions to communicate emotions as others try to identify which emotion they have chosen (part of the second grade objectives). Next, pairs are given two emotions on which to base their own original short scene. Again, others try to name the emotions the partners are imitating. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: Emotion Story

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 Second Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Emotions
  • Facial Expressions
  • Movement
  • Posture


  • Emotions
  • Imaging
  • Word Study


  • Open