Characteristics of a Story in English


Lesson Plan of Characteristics of a Story in English

Grade VI, VII, and VIII

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize and describe briefly story elements:
  • Tell when and where the story is set.
  • Describe the character in a story.
  • Express preferences about them giving reasons.

Information for Teachers

  • All stories have some common elements: as; place and time (setting), Characters and plot (events).
  • The important parts of the story are beginning/ middle and the end. Students need to be able to retell the story in the correct sequence.
  • Select a short story. It will help to save time in reading and you can discuss the elements better.
  • Different readers respond differently to different narratives. Some might love the story, yet other may not like the characters or the ending of the story.
  • While teaching the lesson, consult textbook at all steps wherein and whenever it is applicable,


Story book (with some illustrations /pictures) sample story (appendix), writing board, chalk/marker, duster


  • Ask the students to tell the names of their favorite stories (that they have read or have listened).
  • Ask them what stories teach us/tell us.
  • Ask them if they like ghost stories, fairy tales or adventures stories.


Activity 1

  • Tell them that there are a number of elements in a story which complete the story. Tell them a brief introduction of each element i.e. time and place of the story, characters and their preferences, etc.
  • Divide the class into groups.
  • Read the story to the students. Read it loudly and clearly. Your tone facial expressions should help children understand the story better.
  • Distribute the story sheet. Now ask the class about the time and place of the story. They have a picture with the text. Ask them to look at the picture and guess what time it is. Ask them the place where the story has happened? The picture and the events in the story will help them in answering these questions.
  • Ask one member of each group to share the responses on their response sheet.
  • Ask the students about what they liked about the story. Also ask if they would like to change anything about the story. Ask them to explain their preferences and the reasons for particular likes and dislikes.
  • Ask the class to fill in their responses.

Sum up/Conclusion

  • Conclude the lesson by telling them the story elements again. Give a brief recap.


  • Assess them on their story response sheet.
  • Involve the students in solving the problems given in the exercise at the end of unit/chapter.

Follow up

  • Ask the students to retell the story to their family members and to their friends.
  • Ask them what part of the story they would like to change. If given a chance would they like to change the end of the story? If yes, how and why they change it? If not, then why not? Encourage critical thinking by asking what pat they changed and which character they would like to be and why?

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