Lesson Plan:

Literary Vocabulary, Understanding Plot Lesson Part I

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October 27, 2015
by Elizabeth S. Tyree
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October 27, 2015
by Elizabeth S. Tyree

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define common literary terms.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell students that today they are going to be learning about common literary terms.
  • Ask students if they remember any of these terms. Write the terms they remember on the board.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • On the board, write down the first vocabulary term and definition from the Talking About Literature section of the workbook, action.
  • Alternatively, pass out the workbooks now to so students can read along.
  • Now choose a student to act out about 30 seconds of an action from your recent class read.
  • Repeat this process with the next one or two terms.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Pass out workbooks.
  • Have students break up into small groups.
  • Instruct each group to read and discuss the vocabulary terms together.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Have students return to their own desks and complete the crossword puzzle on page 6 of the workbook.



  • Enrichment: Students in need of enrichment may create posters or anchor charts to show literary vocabulary terms.
  • Support: Students in need of support may have small group or one-on-one time with the teacher. Students in need of support may create artwork or anchor charts depicting terms that are proving difficult for them to grasp.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Students will turn in their individually completed crossword puzzles for assessment.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to put away their workbooks.
  • Now ask them review questions: Some questions might include things like vocabulary definitions, the word that goes with the definition, or even what stories they can think of that showcase certain vocabulary words.

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