My Room Lesson: Creating Setting
Objective: students use their imagination to create a setting for drama.
Students will have the chance to describe their bedroom, messy or neat, in partners. Remind them about the Ask, Don’t Tell rule from our Introductory Lessons as the negotiation strategy to use when making a decision. Students will use their body objects skills to create items in the room and demonstrate the story elements (dramatic & literary) as the “parent” encounters neat vs messy rooms (part of the fourth grade objectives). As an alternative, you can use the book The Plant that Ate the Dirty Socks by Nancy McArthur with this lesson instead of "my room." 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.