Paper Bag Princess Lesson: Story Elements
Objective: students identify the story elements in a variety of dramatic stories.
Who doesn’t love stories about princesses and princes with a dragon thrown in too? This is an old story with a new twist: the princess saves the day! This lesson focuses on the story elements of character, setting, plot, problem, solution, conflict, and message. Students identify these elements and learn their importance in creating a drama (part of the second grade objectives). We designed this lesson around the story The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, a book that is readily available, and can be delivered in small groups or as a full class drama. Before starting this lesson as a full class drama, review our anonymous casting tips for choosing students to play the different characters. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second 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 Second Grade Curriculum.