Piasa Bird Lesson (Part 1)

Piasa Bird Lesson (Part 1): Exploring Visual Elements

Objective: students will explore how to use visual elements to enhance a drama.

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Students will explore adding visual elements to a drama through the Native American legend of the Piasa bird. They will identify the visual elements of shape, line, form, and texture in a work of art (part of the fourth grade objectives). Part 2 of this lesson adds narration to the students’ interpretations for the bird. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: Piasa Bird (Part 1)

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


Grade Level


  • Body
  • Body-Line
  • Body-Shape
  • Imagination
  • Movement
  • Shape
  • Shape/Line/Level


  • Legends
  • Myth
  • Native Americans
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Art


  • Open