Lesson Plan

Story Mapping Group Work

Use this story map and your choice of short fiction passages to develop your students’ reading comprehension skills with this group reading lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Map a Story pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Map a Story pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe how characters respond to challenges in a story plot.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(2 minutes)
Story of the Three Little Pigs"Somebody Wanted" Story MapThe Ugly DucklingStory Map: Jeremy Fisher
  • Tell students that today they will be reading short stories as a class and as small groups. Explain that they will use a story map to discuss the characters in each story.

Beginning: Have students turn to a partner and explain what you will be discussing, either in English or their home language (L1).


  • Have students rephrase what you will be studying today. Explain that rephrasing means to use your own words.
  • Ask students to give examples of short stories they know.

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