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Drama - 1st

Introduction to Drama

In this first grade drama lesson, students will be introduced to the exciting world of drama. They will learn about the basic elements of drama, such as characters, setting, and plot, and explore how to use their bodies and voices to express emotions and tell stories. Through fun and interactive activities, students will develop their creativity, communication skills, and confidence on stage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe the basic elements of drama
  • Use body movements and facial expressions to convey emotions
  • Participate in group activities and collaborate with peers
  • Develop confidence in public speaking and performing


This lesson will be taught using a combination of whole-class instruction, small group activities, and individual practice. Students will engage in hands-on activities, role-playing, and storytelling to actively explore the concepts of drama. The lesson will be conducted in a supportive and inclusive environment, encouraging all students to participate and express themselves.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Picture books or short stories with simple plots and characters
  • Props and costumes (optional)
  • Open space for movement activities
  • Whiteboard or chart paper
  • Markers or chalk


Step 1: Introduction to Drama

Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever seen a play or acted in a school performance. Discuss their experiences and explain that drama is a form of storytelling through acting and performance.

Step 2: Elements of Drama

Introduce the basic elements of drama: characters, setting, and plot. Use examples from picture books or short stories to illustrate each element. Ask students to identify the characters, describe the setting, and retell the plot of the stories.

Step 3: Body Movements and Facial Expressions

Explain to students that actors use their bodies and facial expressions to convey emotions and tell stories. Demonstrate different emotions (e.g., happy, sad, angry) using exaggerated body movements and facial expressions. Have students practice mimicking these emotions.

Step 4: Role-Playing

Divide students into small groups and provide them with a simple scenario or prompt (e.g., going on a picnic, visiting the zoo). Encourage students to create their own characters and act out the scenario using body movements and facial expressions. Allow each group to perform their mini-plays for the class.

Step 5: Storytelling

Read a short story or picture book with a simple plot and characters. After reading, ask students to retell the story using their own words and body movements. Encourage them to act out the different parts of the story.

Step 6: Reflection and Discussion

Wrap up the lesson by asking students what they enjoyed about drama and what they learned. Discuss how drama can help us express ourselves, understand different perspectives, and work together as a team.


  • Identifying characters, setting, and plot in a story
  • Practicing body movements and facial expressions
  • Creating and performing mini-plays
  • Retelling stories using body movements and expressions


Assessment will be ongoing throughout the lesson. The teacher will observe students' participation, engagement, and understanding during group activities and performances. Additionally, students can be given a simple worksheet or asked to draw a picture depicting a scene from a story to assess their comprehension of the basic elements of drama.

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11 months ago
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

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