Emotions & History Lesson

Emotions & History

Objective: students will learn how emotion can influence choices of action.

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Building on the prior two emotions lessons in our fourth grade series, this lesson examines emotions in characters from historical events. Students work together in small groups to present a short scene where they react to a situation from history. Through planning and practicing, they will learn how different emotions affect the drama. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: Emotions & History

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


  • Character
  • Emotions
  • Imitation
  • Movement


  • Cause and Affect
  • Character Education
  • Conflict
  • Emotions
  • Social Studies


  • Open