Lesson Plan

Retelling of The Monkey King: A Famous Chinese Story

In honor of Chinese New Year, share with your students a famous Chinese story called *The Monkey King*. Students will practice their comprehension skills as they retell the story, identifying what happens in the beginning, middle, and end.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to retell the beginning, middle, and end of a story read aloud to them.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
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  • Tell students that in celebration of Chinese New Year, which is being celebrated around the world right now, we are going to read a famous story that was written hundreds of years ago in China.
  • Tell students that the name of the story is The Monkey King.
  • Explain to students that the Monkey King has become a legend in China and is a popular character in Chinese folktales.
  • Instruct students to be active listeners and to pay close attention as you read the story aloud because there are certain things they need to be listening for as you read.


  • Ensure students have appropriate background knowledge by having them pair-share with a partner who speaks their home language (L1) different celebrations they are familiar with.


  • Engage class in a discussion of different celebrations.
  • Provide sentence starters to support discussion.