Mindless Woman Lesson

Mindless Woman LessonCommunicating with the Body

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Objective: students demonstrate how the drama tools are used to create a story.

Based on an old Chinese folk tale, this lesson has groups working to create settings for a very humorous story (part of the first grade objectives). This is a full class drama and you are the narrator as well as play a character, if you like. Students transform their bodies into setting elements as the Mindless Woman makes a journey to get her “baby” back. In each group students must decide the one actor who gets the “plum” role…a good assessment on all things learned in drama, including collaborative decision making. It is nice to have a silly hat on hand to represent the woman. This lesson uses the story Mindless Woman -- download it from the story library before you start. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Mindless Woman

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 First Grade Curriculum

Grade Level

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade


  • Body
  • Character
  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Story Elements


  • Details
  • Geography
  • Plot Sequence
  • Social Studies
  • Story Elements
  • Teamwork
  • Visualizing
  • Writing


  • Open