“Westward Ho!” Lesson (Part 2): Dealing with Conflicts
Objective: students will explore the contrasts of life in the past to modern times.
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This Life Drama (2nd of 3) continues the previous lesson with a focus on conflict. The pioneers (students) traveling on an arduous journey westward encounter challenges. As a family group, they must cooperatively decide how to overcome these obstacles and continue (part of the fourth grade objectives). Students work through an improvisational process where there is no pre-written story or pre-determined outcome. They apply the practice of "no denial of creation" by saying “yes” to what others create as a way to support the drama and honor the imaginations of their peers. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.
Fourth Grade Drama Journal: "Westward Ho!" (Part 2)
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.