Lesson Plan

Read and Retell a Classic Story

Your students will enjoy reading the classic story “The Ugly Duckling,” written about a very lovable duck! This reading lesson also includes a fun partner activity to help your students practice comprehension.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to retell a fictional text with relevant details.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Explain to your students that they will be reading a classic story called The Ugly Duckling.
  • Tell them that they will first read the story as a whole group, then they will read with partners.
  • Explain to the class that at the end of the lesson, they will have a chance to retell the story using pictures to help them remember to include details about the people, places, things, and events that happened in the story.

Beginning

  • Have students sort a few books from the classroom library into piles of nonfiction and fiction stories. Explicitly describe the characteristics of a nonfiction text compared to a fiction text.

Intermediate

  • Explain to the students that fiction stories are not real, and ask them to think of an example of a fiction story they've read in the past or find one in the classroom library.