Author:
Sheila
Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Lower Elementary
Tags:
Knuffle Bunny, Lesson Plan, Story Structure
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
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Education Standards

Knuffle Bunny: Characters, Setting, and Plot

Knuffle Bunny: Characters, Setting, and Plot

Overview

Teachers will show the Scholastic video "Knuffle Bunny; A Cautionary Tale" by Mo WIllems on eMedia or read the story to their students. Students will then cut and paste characters, setting, and plot points from the story into the correct category on a worksheet.

Summary

Teachers will show the Scholastic video "Knuffle Bunny; A Cautionary Tale" by Mo Willems and/or read the story to the class. After watching or listening to the story, students will work on a handout that requires them to cut out boxes with information from the story (including the names of characters and plot points) and sort the boxes into the appopriate category (character, setting, and plot).

This is intended as a short, face-to-face lesson, but can be adopted to an synchoronous and asynchronous setting. It allows for extension activities to help students practice retelling a familiar story.

 

Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson, teachers will need to understand how to identify characters, setting, and plot points in a story. They will need to understand story structure and retell strategies.

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand how to decide whether information from the story is a character, setting, or plot point.
  • Students will sort characters, setting, and plot points from the story Knuffle Bunny.
  • Students will be able to understand what happens first, next, and last in Knuffle Bunny.
  • Students will be able ot sort plot points in the order they happened in the story Knuffle Bunny.
  • Students will be able to use their worksheet to help guide them in retelling their story Knuffle Bunny.

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of story structure. Students will need to understand how to identify characters, setting, and plots points.

This lesson can be adjusted to meet the need of all learners. Teachers can complete the worksheet with a small group of struggling learners by reading aloud the character and setting words as well as the plot point sentences. Advanced learners can be assigned the taks of retelling the story using information from the worksheet. To further challenge advanced learners, teachers can guide them in filling out a retell sheet in their own words, listing events that happened first, next, then, and last.

 

 

Step 3 - Instruction

To begin, activate students background knowledge about retelling stories and identifying characters, setting, and plot points. Introduce the story "Knuffle Bunny; A Cautionary Tale" by Mo Willems and tell students that the purpose of either watching or reading the story is to identify the characters, the setting, and parts of the plot in order. Play the video or read the story.

Next, have the kids "think, pair, share" with a neighbor and discuss the characters in the story. Do the same with the setting. Have a few pairs share what they came up with. Continue with identifying parts of the plot and sharing student ideas. 

Next, students will individually complete the "Characters, Setting, and Plot" worksheet. For struggling readers, the teacher can work with a small group of students and read the boxes aloud. Advanced learners and quick finishers can complete an additional worksheet which identifies what happens first, next, then, and last in the story. 

Once students have completed the worksheet, meet as a group and discuss the chracters, setting, and plot points together.

Additional resources: 

Click here to open the Knuffle Bunny movie in eMedia once you are logged in.

This lesson plan can be done with almost any book. If students struggle with the concept, repeat the lesson with a new story. This worksheet can be updated with characters, setting, and plot points from the new story or students can write their ideas in the blank worksheet provided.

Step 4 - Assessments

Attached is a rubric for grading students work on the "Character, Plot, and Setting" worksheet. In addition to grading the worksheet, the teacher should use observation and questioning during the 'think, pair, share" time as well as informal observations and questoning small groups or individual students as they work. If advanced learners complete a retell page, the teacher should assess whether the plot points are presented in the correct order.