Lesson Plan:

Storytelling: Identifying Elements in Wonderland

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September 8, 2015
by Sanayya Sohail

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the main characters, settings, and events in a story. Students will be able to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Students will be able to identify details in the beginning, middle, and end.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Ask students to tell you a narrative style story that involved them or one they heard. For example, have them tell you a story about what they did after school yesterday.
  • After the student is done telling the story, ask other students to identify the people in the story. Potential questions include: Where did it take place? What happened in the beginning, middle, and end?

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (30 minutes)

  • Read The Night Before First Grade to your students.
  • Ask students if they know what the word character means. Explain that characters are the people in a story.
  • Ask them who the characters are in The Night Before First Grade.
  • Write character and setting using a 2 column chart on the board.
  • Ask students if they know what a setting is. Explain that setting is the place where the story occurs.
  • Ask the class the setting of the story, and fill this in the chart.
  • Create 3 bubbles on the board with an additional bubble attached to each bubble. Ask students what happens in the beginning, middle, and end. Fill in the 3 main bubbles.
  • Explain that details help people imagine the main events.
  • Instruct your students to come up with a detail for the beginning, middle, and end. Fill in the attached bubbles.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (40 minutes)

  • Have your students divide their papers into two sections using rulers.
  • Instruct your students to write character in the first box and write the people or animals in the story.
  • Model this on the board.
  • Direct your students to write setting in the box below the first one and write the place where the story takes place.
  • Have your students flip the paper and divide the paper into thirds. Instruct the students to further divide the paper into sixths.
  • Instruct your students to put beginning in the first block and detail in the one next to it. Do this as well for middle and end.
  • Set the timer to 20 minutes.
  • Instruct students to read The Frog Prince worksheet with a partner. After that, fill in the chart.
  • Have your students work together to come up with answers.
  • Read the story out loud and invite students to say the answers they wrote.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Instruct students to complete the 5 W's worksheet.
  • Remind students to answer in complete sentences.
  • Set the timer to 15 minutes.
  • Read the text as a class and invite students to come write the answers on the board.



  • Enrichment: Instruct students to write a story. Ask your students to circle the characters in red and setting in blue. Direct your students to underline details in green and the beginning, middle, and end in purple.
  • Support: Read the Rumpelstiltskin worksheet. Ask students to summarize the story at the end of each paragraph. Have students write and draw the characters and the setting.


Assessment (20 minutes)

  • Instruct students to write the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Direct your students to write about a time when they went to one of these places: zoo, park, museum, library, or water park.
  • Ask your students to write the setting and characters.

Review and Closing (20 minutes)

  • Read the The Ugly Duckling worksheet aloud.
  • Ask students to identify the characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, and details for each.

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