The Apple Lesson

The Apple Lesson: Learning to be an Audience

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Objective: students compare the impact supportive and unsupportive audience behaviors have on a drama.

Students are unaware of the impact their audience behaviors have on classmates who are performing. This lesson focuses on the audience's role in a drama. It is based around the original story The Apple by Karen Erickson (download it to complete the lesson materials). The students have the opportunity to play their drama to a quiet audience and to a rude audience, and they will discuss how the different audiences affected the scene (part of the second grade objectives). This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: The Apple

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

Grade Level


  • Audience Behaviors
  • Story Elements


  • Animals
  • Plot Sequence
  • Story Elements


  • Open