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“Barker’s Crime” (Identifying Plot) Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #: AELP-STT0004
Submitted by: Donna Payton
Email: Donnap00@hotmail.com
School/University/Affiliation: Concordia University
Endorsed by: Donna Payton, Concordia University Date: July 7, 1999

Grade Level(s): 1, 2


  • Language Arts/Story telling

Duration: Two 30-minute sessions Description: Students will read the story Barker’s Crime and participate in activities related to reshaping story events.

Goals: Develop language arts skills, reading and writing, and identifying literary elements.

Objectives: Students will be able to retell story events through use of drawings and journal writing.


  • Gackenbach, Dick (1996). Barker’s Crime .  School & Library Binding – Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0152006281
  • crayons
  • paper
  • pencils

Procedure: Day 1:
Survey cover, identify author, illustrator, etc. Have students make predictions about story (who is the story about, where it might take place, etc.). Ask students about a crime. Walk through the pictures of story book, letting students respond and predict what the story is about based on the illustrations. Read story to children, encouraging them to react to the text. Reread the story, having students surmise how main characters feel at turning points in the story. Have students draw pictures showing four scenes from the story (may use small groups).

Day 2:
Students will survey cover, then re-read the story, encouraging more feedback and having students tell what comes next. Students will keep a diary from the point of view of one of the main characters as the story is read (teacher will demonstrate this first). Then students will write a story, using the same pattern, of a time they were accused of a crime.

Assessment: Students are able to draw pictures from story in correct order. Students are able to accurately predict what comes next in the story on day 2 of the activity.