Literature Lesson Plans

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Preschool

  • Telling A Story
    When learning about how stories have a start, middle, and finish, a student will dictate a story with these elements using a picture. This activity not only helps to develop a foundation for...

Elementary School

  • Cooperation Through Puppet Shows
    Children will learn a story they want to turn into a puppet show, make their own puppets, and prepare and perform the show, working in small...
  • Timmy's Christmas Presents
    Students will read the short story, Timmy's Christmas Presents and answer the questions about the story. They should answer the questions without looking at the story so they can develop reading...
  • The Hidden Treasure
    Students will read the short story, The Hidden Treasure and answer the questions about the story. They should answer the questions without looking at the story so they can develop reading...

Middle School

  • Comparison and Contrast - Two Short Stories
    For this lesson, students will write a comparison and contrast paper about two short stories they read by Edgar Allan Poe. This can also be done in class and as a homework...
  • Understanding the Elements of Fiction
    This is a lesson plan on the elements of fiction. Students will have a study sheet and a worksheet to do...
  • King Arthur - How He Became King
    This lesson is about King Arthur. It covers the section, "The Winning of Kinghood," in the book, "The Story of King Arthur and His Knights" by Howard...
  • Writing A Fable
    In this lesson, students are to write a fable. ...
  • Giving an Oral Book Report
    In this lesson, students are to give a book report on their favorite book. They will also submit a written book report. This lesson will take more than one class period. It depends on how many...
  • Guess the Author - Using Pseudonyms
    In this lesson, students will write a descriptive paragraph about themselves without revealing their physical description. They will sign their papers with a pseudonym so that nobody will know...
  • Writing a Tall Tale
    In this lesson, students will read a tall tale. Then, they will write a tall tale of their choice. This lesson will take more than one class period to do. You can have the students read the Tall...
  • Figurative Language - Part One
    Students will look up Figurative Language terms and write the definitions of each term and...
  • Figurative Language - Part Two
    In this lesson, students will write a paragraph for each term they wrote definitions for in Part...
  • Understanding Flashback
    Students will write a short story using flashback to see if they understand how to use the...
  • Essay on Themes
    In this lesson, you will write an essay on a theme of The Call of the Wild by Jack...
  • Writing a Biography - Mark Twain
    Students will write a biography of Mark Twain. This lesson is for middle school age students, but fifth graders could do this,...
  • Writing A Summary - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Students will select a topic from a list I have included in this lesson. The topics include short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This lesson will take more than one hour because the students...

High School

  • Literature Soundtracks
    The student will choose ten songs to create a soundtrack for a novel read in class or as outside reading. In the liner notes, instead of lyrics the students writes a rationale of why or how the song...
  • Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt
    The students will use the internet to learn basic biographical facts about Shakespeare in the form of an internet scavenger hunt. This acitivity is a great introduction to a Shakespearean unit of...
  • Classic Short Stories by Kate Chopin
    In this lesson, you will teach two stories by Kate Chopin. They are "Desiree's Baby" and "The Story of an Hour." These stories can be found in the anthology titled "The Awakening and Selected Short...
  • Edgar Allan Poe and Anna Katherine Green
    This lesson plan is about Detective Fiction. Edgar Allan Poe is considered the Father of Detective Fiction. Anna Katharine Green is considered the Mother of Detective Fiction. I have written two...
  • Classic Short Stories - Locked Room Settings
    In this lesson plan, I have a summary over "The Problem of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle. This story is a Classic Mystery. ...
  • The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    This lesson plan covers the short story, "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I have included a summary of the short story and questions for readers to answer before they read the...
  • Conflicts Among People
    This lesson is about three short stories: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "The Flesh and the Spirit," and "Somnambulism." Conflicts among people are the central issue in these...
  • Planting Clues in Short Stories
    In this lesson plan, students will learn about planting clues. This is over the short story, "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe. ...
  • English Literature Authors and Their Works
    This lesson is on English Literature Authors. It is a worksheet where students have to match the authors to the short story or book they...
  • American Literature Authors and Their Works
    This lesson is on American Literature Authors and their works. It is a worksheet where students have to match the authors to the short story, poem, or book they...
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
    In this lesson, students will choose one of the elements: character, theme, or setting and write an essay. They can read the story and take notes in class and write the essay for homework if you...
  • Imitating an Author's Style
    Students will read a short story of their choice and write an original short story that resembles the style of the short story they...
  • Writing in Different Viewpoints
    Students will choose a classic short story and read it. Then, they will write the story from a different...
  • Writing a Movie Review
    In this lesson, you will have students watch a classic movie in class. Depending on the length of the movie, this could take more than one class period. Then, you will have them write a...
  • Exploring Satire - Jonathan Swift
    Students will read Part One of Gulliver's Travels and write an essay about satire and give specific examples in the...
  • Exploring Allegory - John Bunyan
    Students will read Pilgrim's Progress and give specific examples in the text as to why this is an...
  • Comparison and Contrast - D. H. Lawrence
    Students will read two short stories, The Rocking Horse Winner and The Horse Dealer's Daughter by D. H. Lawrence. They will write a comparison and contrast paper on some element of...
  • Learning About Characters
    In this lesson, students will read the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Then, they will write an essay on one of the characters in the...
  • Increasing Vocabulary Skills
    The students will read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. As they read the book, they will write down every word they don't know and look the words up in a dictionary and write out a definition. They...
  • A New Word Everyday
    The students will read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. As they read the book, they will write down every word they don't know and look the words up in a dictionary and write out a definition. They...
  • Persuasive Drawing
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and write down specific facts as to why they liked that particular book. They need to write facts that will help them write a...
  • Fact and Opinion Project
    In this lesson, the students will read the newspaper and write down specific information that is fact and information that is an opinion. They need to write information that will help them draw an...
  • Persuasive Writing - the Hobbit
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and choose two characters they would like to use in a scene they will write. The students will write a scene with one of the...
  • Narrative Writing - the Hobbit
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and choose one character they would like to use in a scene they will write. The students will write a scene with one of the...
  • Technical Writing - the Hobbit
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and make a list of the steps the the Hobbit took to reclaim his gold ring because he found out how important the ring was, and he...
  • Descriptive Writing - the Hobbit
    The students will read the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and take notes on the different characters such as hobbits, dwarfs, trolls, wizards, and goblins. They will write a descriptive paper on the...
  • Fantasy Stories
    The students will write a fantasy of their own where they can use their own characters that they have read in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. They can use hobbits, dwarfs, elves, trolls, goblins, or...
  • Comparing Two Fantasies by J.r.r. Tolkien
    The students will compare The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and another fantasy they have read by Tolkien. They can focus on the plot, characters, settings, or another element of fiction when they compare...
  • Writing Summaries
    The students will read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and take notes while they read. They will start with the first four chapters of the book and then stop so they can write a summary of what...
  • Acronyms - Characters in the Hobbit
    Students will learn about Acronyms and will fill out the worksheet that I have included in this lesson plan. This lesson is on characters in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Students will find...
  • Settings in the Hobbit by J.r.r. Tolkien
    The students need to read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and then they will have an art project for this lesson. They will draw a picture of the different habitats that are mentioned in the book on...
  • Word Scramble on the Hobbit
    In this lesson, the students will have a worksheet where they will have to unscramble the words. The words are in the book, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. After they have unscrambled the words, they...
  • Worksheet - the Hobbits
    In this lesson, the students will have a worksheet where they will have to complete in class. You can use this as a test. The questions are over the book, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien....
  • Young Goodman Brown - Themes
    In this lesson, the students will read Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne and write an essay about the theme the author wanted to reveal to...
  • Comparing Themes and Plots
    In this lesson, the students will read Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne and write an essay comparing the themes and the plots in the two stories....
  • Characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Stories
    In this lesson, the students will read Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne and write an essay comparing the main characters in the two stories....
  • Acronyms - Characters in Hawthorne's Stories
    Students will learn about Acronyms and will fill out the worksheet that I have included in this lesson plan. This lesson is on characters in The Minister's Black Veil and Young Goodman Brown by...
  • Acroynyms - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    Students will learn about Acronyms and will fill out the worksheet that I have included in this lesson plan. This lesson is on characters in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Students will find...
  • Literary Analysis - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    In this lesson, the students will write a literary analysis of the book, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You will need to explain to the students about writing a literary...
  • Literary Analysis - the Hobbit
    In this lesson, the students will write a literary analysis of the book, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. You will need to explain to the students about writing a literary analysis before they begin...
  • Literary Analysis - 451 Fahrenheit
    In this lesson, the students will write a literary analysis of the book, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. You will need to explain to the students about writing a literary analysis before they begin...
  • Literary Analysis - Young Goodman Brown
    In this lesson, the students will write a literary analysis of the short story, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne You will need to explain to the students about writing a literary analysis...
  • Sequencing - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    In this lesson, the students will order the events that happened in the book, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You will need to explain to the students about how to order...
  • Which Events Didn't Occur - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    n this lesson, the students will locate the event or events that didn't occur in the book, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle....
  • Which Events Didn't Occur - the Hobbit
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and then they will have a worksheet where they will locate the event or events that didn't occur in the book, The Hobbit by J.R.R....
  • True or False - the Hobbit
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and they will have questions to answer on the...
  • True or False - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and then they will have questions to answer on the worksheet that I have included in the...
  • Word Scramble - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    In this lesson, the students will have a worksheet where they will have to unscramble the words. The words are in the book, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. After they have...
  • Fill in the Blanks - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and then they will have questions to answer on the worksheet that I have included in the...
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    This lesson is on The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Students will read the book and write an essay on the characters: Robert Cohn, Jake Barnes, and Brett Ashley. They are to write how the...
  • Essay on People and Their Experiences
    In this lesson, the students will read Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin, The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud, and Cathedral by Raymond Carver. Then, they will compare the three stories and write about...
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