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Drama - 1st

Exploring Drama: Let's Put on a Play!

Title: Exploring Drama: Let's Put on a Play!

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 1

Subject: Drama

Summary: This first grade activity introduces students to the world of drama by engaging them in a fun and interactive play production project.

Topic: Introduction to Drama

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the basic elements of a play
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of actors and directors
  • Can perform a short play with confidence


This activity will be conducted over a series of sessions, allowing students to explore and understand the different aspects of drama. The methodology includes:

  • Class discussions and brainstorming
  • Role-playing and improvisation exercises
  • Script writing and character development
  • Rehearsals and performance

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Picture books or videos about plays and theater
  • Props and costumes (optional)
  • Writing materials
  • Open space for rehearsals and performance


Session 1: Introduction to Drama

1. Begin by reading a picture book or watching a video about plays and theater. Discuss the different elements of a play, such as characters, setting, and plot.

2. Engage students in a class discussion about their favorite stories or movies. Ask them to identify the characters and imagine how they would act in a play.

3. Introduce the roles of actors and directors. Explain that actors bring the characters to life, while directors guide the actors and make creative decisions.

Session 2: Role-playing and Improvisation

1. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a familiar story or fairy tale.

2. Instruct the groups to choose one scene from the story and act it out using their own words and actions. Encourage creativity and imagination.

3. After each group performs, discuss the different interpretations and choices made by the actors. Ask the students how they felt while acting and watching the performances.

Session 3: Script Writing and Character Development

1. Explain the concept of a script and its importance in a play. Show examples of simple scripts or create one together as a class.

2. Instruct students to choose a familiar story or create their own short story. Ask them to write a script for their play, including dialogue and stage directions.

3. Encourage students to think about the characters' personalities, emotions, and motivations. Discuss the importance of clear and expressive dialogue.

Session 4: Rehearsals and Performance

1. Allocate time for rehearsals, allowing students to practice their lines, movements, and expressions.

2. Provide guidance and support as needed, helping students with memorization and stage presence.

3. Organize a final performance for the class or invite other classes to watch. Encourage students to showcase their creativity and confidence on stage.


Assessment can be conducted throughout the activity using the following methods:

  • Observation of student participation and engagement during discussions and activities
  • Review of written scripts for understanding of dialogue and stage directions
  • Assessment of student performances based on confidence, expression, and adherence to the script

By the end of this activity, students will have gained a basic understanding of drama, developed their creativity and imagination, and built confidence in performing in front of an audience.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 1

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