Trouble with Machines Lesson

Trouble with Machines Lesson: Man vs. Technology

Objective: students learn how to make a story from simple activities.

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This lesson for fourth grade students continues work with conflict along with story and literary elements (part of the fourth grade objectives). Students work in teams to choose a problem and then create and describe a machine to solve that problem with who, what, why, when, where, and conflict/resolution. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: Trouble with Machines

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 Fourth Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Conflict
  • Story Elements


  • Conflict
  • Story Elements
  • Story Structure


  • Open