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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #: AELP-STT0005
Submitted by: Sheila M. Armstrong
Email: rjaenterprise@bigfoot.com
School/University/Affiliation: Concordia University-River Forest, IL
Endorsed by: Dr. Lora Knutson
             Concordia University-River Forest, IL Date: July 4, 1999

Grade Level(s): 4


  • Language Arts/Story telling
  • Social Studies

Duration: Four 45-minute sessions Description: The Rough-Face Girl is an Algonquin Indian Cinderella story that sees good rewarded and evil punished. The lesson will focus on literary elements.

Goals: Students will recognize the four major literary elements: Setting, characterization, plot, and theme.

Objectives: Students will be able to create a storymap while recognizing the different literary elements.


  • The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
  • chart paper
  • markers
  • paper
  • pencil

Procedure: Day 1:

Discussion of literary elements.
Initiating activities, students will examine cover and title and make predictions as to story content.
Story will be read aloud. Demonstration, with the help of students in constructing the storymap. This is a whole class activity that is guided by teacher. Students are completing their own copy of a storymap to be used as a reference for the next days activities.

Format of storymap includes:
3. Setting
4. Characters
5. Conflict
6. Action
7. Resolution

Day 2 & 3:

Discuss story elements. Students will review and practice. Students are paired with a partner.
They will select a fairytale and map it with their partner according to the format that was created.

Day 4:

Review and discussion of story elements. Students are to map out their own fairytale.


Review of student’s storymaps and conferences with students to check their understanding of literary elements.