Objective: Students analyze the relationships between actors, directors, and stories.
In this 6-day unit, students take a deep dive into studying one specific culture or place. After an introduction into the concept of culture, students research a chosen culture and plan a trip to visit it. Students then go on a drama adventure, first as individuals, and then in small groups. Along the way, students will have the chance to take on the roles of both an actor and a director. Due to its broad breadth of activities, this unit could pair well with lessons in visual art, social studies, or language arts. This is the final set of lessons in our recommended sequence in the Fifth Grade Curriculum.
To maximize student achievement, download these drama journals 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.