Good News,  Bad News Lesson

Good News, Bad News Lesson

Objective: Students collaborate to plan and practice an improvised drama.

Failure is often the best way to learn. In this lesson, students have the chance to experience both a fiasco and a success that show them the importance of planning and practicing in drama. While rehearsing scenes, students will also learn the best strategies for collaborating in small groups. You will find this lesson essential for setting the groundwork for later drama activities. This lesson is a part of our recommended sequence in the Fifth Grade Curriculum.

Fifth Grade Drama Journal: Good News, Bad News

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 Fifth Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Collaboration
  • Emotions
  • Movement
  • Planning
  • Practicing
  • Sequencing


  • Emotions
  • Language Arts
  • Sequencing
  • Story Elements
  • Writing


  • Circle
  • Open