The Three Sillies Lesson

The Three Sillies LessonUsing Narration 

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Objective: students demonstrate narrative storytelling skills.

Jack is on a quest to find three very silly people. This famous and quite funny folk tale delights students of all ages. The lesson introduces three different styles of narrator voice and how the choice of style affects the dramatic impact (part of the third grade objectives). Students also have the option of writing their own “silly.” The lesson uses the included story "The Three Sillies" as retold by Karen Erickson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Third Grade Curriculum.

Third Grade Drama Journal: The Three Sillies

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 Third Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Narrator
  • Playwriting
  • Storytelling Narration


  • Folk Tales
  • History Adaptation
  • Humor
  • Narration
  • Point of View


  • Open