Lesson Plan of Anecdote

English Grade IV

Students’ learning Outcomes

·         Write a short passage, anecdote, fable etc. for pleasure and creativity.

Information for Teachers

·         An anecdote: is a short entertaining or exciting story about a real occurrence or person.
                                      (“She uttered anecdotes about her occupation”)
Ø  An account observed as untrustworthy or gossip.
                                    (“His wife’s death has long been the subject of gossip and anecdote”)
Ø  The description of a slight narrative occurrence in a picture.
                                   (“The usage of inversions of hierarchy, anecdote, and inconsistency by Salem,                      Ali, and others”)
·         An anecdote: is a short and interesting story engaged from a person’s past knowledge or that of someone they know or have heard about.
·         An anecdote: is well-defined as a small and thought-provoking story or an amusing occurrence habitually wished-for to support or exhibit some point and make readers and listeners laugh.
·         An anecdote: is ‘true’ story and can be very convincing for the reader. So the writer must use good imagination, creativity, and ideas to share from his experience.
·         Creativity: is an important factor for writing any passage, anecdote or a fable, etc.
·         As nouns the variance between anecdote and fable is that anecdote is a short description of a real occurrence or person, over and over again amusing or stimulating while fable is a fabricated narrative envisioned to enforce some beneficial truth or dictum, usually with animals, birds etc. as characters; an apologue prototypically,.

Material / Resources

Chalk/marker, board, chart paper

Worm up activity

·         Narrate this short anecdote in class as if you are saying this about yourself.
·         Children must feel that it was you who went to the park. Practice it before coming to the class so you can narrate it without looking at the text.
Ø  The weather in November was (use to be very) beautiful. So, my family and I decided to go to a park to enjoy the beautiful weather. When we entered the park, we were amazed to see so many people enjoying in it. The flowers were blooming, the birds were chirping and kids were running here and there with joy. We all decided to sit on the grass. We had snacks, which we brought from home. We played cricket as well. We spent 3 hours in the park and we enjoyed a lot. It’s good to enjoy time with family and friends.
·         When you have done this ask the students “Have you ever faced s situation like this or had some trouble?”
·         A few students would like to share their experience. Encourage them to talk.
·         Tell them we are going to discuss our experience today in the form of a story called anecdote.
(Help for pronunciation: An – ek – dot, c is pronounced as ’k’ and ‘e’ is silent, thus reading dote as ‘dot’.


Activity 1

·         Paste the questions chart on the board.
·         Generate a class discussion on the following questions:
1.       Have you ever gone with your family on a trip to some place or a picnic?
2.       What was the name of the place?
3.       Did you often go to the same place with your family?
4.       What did you do to pass the time on the journey?
5.       What exciting funny, scary or strange thing happened on your way or when you got there?
      (This is a main anecdote)
·         How did you spend your time there?
·         What did you enjoy the most there?
·         What did you dislike about the whole trip?

Activity 2

·         Divide the class into pairs and ask the pairs to discuss and then write their anecdote in one or two paragraphs.
·         Ask the pairs to exchange their notebooks to read each other’s anecdote.

Activity 3

·         Now ask them to individually write their own anecdote.
·         Instruct them to write a short paragraph. Remind them to use past tense for it.
·         It can be any memorable event i.e. birthday party, a picnic, a wedding ceremony etc.
·         Monitor and help the students with ideas and vocabulary while they are writing their anecdote.

Sum up / Conclusion

·         Ask students, “What is an anecdote?”
·         One or two students can read their anecdotes in class.
·         Invite comments on the anecdotes and appreciate the students who shared their anecdotes.


·         Assess students’ oral responses in a worm up or activity 1 and then their written work.
·         Ask students how anecdotes are different from fables?

Follow up

·         Ask students to write an anecdote on the following topic:
·         “The day when our result was declared”

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