Lesson Plan

Tea Time

Students will love talking about what they've been reading when the story comes to life. This tea time activity nourishes students' confidence in addition to improving their reading comprehension skills.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to participate in a collaborative discussion about a piece of literature.


(10 minutes)
  • Call students together, and have them bring their class books.
  • Tell students that today they are going to be having a party as the characters in the book. However, it is going to be a special type of party: a tea party.
  • Explain that in many parts of the world today, tea time is when people come together to share ideas, topics, and learn from one another. This is a time when people take part in polite conversation about things that interest them.
  • Ask students to brainstorm some guidelines for a tea party conversation.
  • Explain that while tea time does not have a ton of rules, it is important that people wait their turn to speak, keep the conversation on topic, and be prepared to share insights.
  • Ask students to think about some of the different characters in the story. Have each student choose a character that they relate with or would want to portray.
  • Distribute the name tags. Have students write down their chosen characters' names on the tags and put them on.
  • Remind students that while they will be taking on the perspective of their character, even mean or rude characters disagree politely and use appropriate language during tea time.