Lesson Plan

Actions and Reactions!

Help your students tweak their narrative writing while working on the reading skill of predictions! In this integrated reading and writing lesson, students will use narratives to generate predictions about characters’ reactions.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify characters’ actions that can be used to make a prediction.
  • Students will be able to predict characters’ reactions.
  • Students will be able to construct a narrative that includes characters’ actions and reactions.
  • Students will be able to work cooperatively with each other to construct a complete narrative.


(5 minutes)
  • Display a picture, photograph, or scene from a book that includes one or more characters.
  • Ask the students to make observations about the picture.
  • As needed, prompt the students with questions such as, “What is the character doing?”
  • Tell the students that they will be learning about predicting characters’ reactions using actions from the story.
  • Explain that a character’s reaction could include something the character says. It could also include a character’s body language (if needed, show examples of body language). A character’s reaction could also include another type of response or action.