Objective: Students interpret characters, settings, and main ideas of a text through drama.
This lesson is a great way for students to actively engage with any piece of literature or a historical event. The focus is on looking deeply at the main ideas of a text and creating drama scenes following group discussions and decisions. There are three layers to this lesson: still images, pantomimed scenes, and enacted scenes. It is easily adaptable for use in many areas of the curriculum, so it is useful for third grade through high school. This lesson is also part of our recommended lesson sequence in the Fifth 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 Fifth Grade Curriculum.