Miss Nancy Lesson: Working with Literature
Objective: students use drama to reflect on situations from real life.
This Life Drama uses written memoirs as inspiration for creating a drama that reflects situations in real life (part of the fourth grade objectives). The lesson uses the poem “Alone in the Grange” by Gregory Harrison and the story “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge” by Mem Fox. Students work through an improvisational process where there is no pre-written story or pre-determined outcome. They apply the practice of "no denial of creation" by saying “yes” to what others create as a way to support the drama and honor the imagination of others. The lesson culminates in a series of tableaux that present snapshots of a character's life. 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.