Painting Stories Lesson

Painting Stories Lesson

Objective: Students communicate emotion and mood through story element choices.

This lesson begins by giving students visual images as an inspiration for creating a drama. After identifying the emotional content in a piece of artwork, students use teamwork working in groups to develop a story based on their interpretation. This lesson provides an excellent activity to assess skills in collaboration and plot formation. It can be seamlessly integrated into a language arts classroom (by studying the elements of a story) or a visual arts classroom (by studying the emotional content of artwork). Students will fill out a Process Observation Worksheet as part of the activity (worksheet included). This lesson is a part of our recommended sequence in the Fifth Grade Curriculum.

Fifth Grade Drama Journal: Painting Stories

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
  • Conflict
  • Emotions
  • Language
  • Mood
  • Plot
  • Story Elements
  • Theme/Idea


  • Emotions
  • Language Arts
  • Story Elements
  • Visual Art


  • Circle
  • Open