Emotions Lesson (Part 2): Emotion Stories
Objective: Students communicate emotions through physical movement, facial expression, and posture.
This lesson continues from Part 1 by building students' skills at playing emotions in character. Students work together in pairs (or groups up to four) and are given a very short scene where they choose two emotions to communicate through action. Others try to name the emotions the partners are imitating. For further focus on emotions, try using the original story The Well by Karen Erickson with this lesson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.
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.