Three Scenes from a Book Lesson

Three Scenes from a Book Lesson

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

Fifth Grade Drama Journal: Three Scenes from a Book

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

Grade Level

  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • 9th Grade
  • 10th Grade
  • 11th Grade
  • 12th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Concentration
  • Imitation
  • Planning
  • Practicing
  • Story Elements
  • Teamwork


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Story Elements
  • Story Structure
  • Teamwork


  • Circle
  • Open