The Circus Lesson: Introducing the Three P’s

The Circus Lesson: Introducing the Three P’s

The Circus Lesson: Introducing the Three P’s

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Overview: students demonstrate the skills necessary to create a good drama. Objectives:  students identify the importance of planning and practicing; discuss good audience behaviors; demonstrate use of the drama tools (mind, body, voice).
Students create a variety of circus acts.  At first it doesn’t go so well because something is missing.  This lesson introduces your class or group to the three P's: Planning, Practicing, Presenting (or Performing) as part of the process for creating a drama.  Once the three P’s are uncovered and applied, the circus is saved and there is a joyous conclusion.  This lesson requires no additional materials but circus music and a top hat would be a nice addition.  This is part of our Introductory Lessons that serve to prepare students or groups for integrated drama work.  When you are ready, you can move to the appropriate grade level drama curriculum.

The Circus Journal (Grades 6-8)

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. 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.

Grade Level

  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Artistic Process
  • Audience Behaviors
  • Body
  • Evaluation
  • Mind
  • Planning
  • Practicing
  • Praising
  • Voice


  • Praising
  • Social/Emotional Learning