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Robert Munsch Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

After learning about important events in the life of Robert Munsch, students will read and analyze his books 'with a writer's eye' to identify effective writing traits in his writing.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will

  • identify books written by Robert Munsch
  • list several facts about Munsch's life
  • identify writing traits used by Munsch in his books

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Materials Needed

  • Projector or SMART Board to display the lesson
  • Photograph of Robert Munsch (printed or to display with projector)
  • Robert Munsch books mentioned in the lesson:
    • Love You Forever
    • Mud Puddle
    • Moose!
    • Alligator Baby
    • Angela's Airplane
    • Ribbon Rescue
    • Smelly Socks
    • The Boy in the Drawer
    • The Paper Bag Princess
  • drawing paper
  • crayons or markers

Instructions

  • Ask the students the question introduced at the beginning of the lesson: 'What do a paper bag princess, smelly socks, and a mud puddle have in common?'
  • Show or project a photograph of the children's author Robert Munsch, and tell students he is the author of many books for children, including ones about a paper bag princess, a mud puddle, and smelly socks.
  • Display the lesson Robert Munsch: Biography & Books using a projector or SMART Board.
  • Read the 'Love You Forever' section to the students, and then ask the following questions:
    • Before it was a book, what were the lines 'I'll love you forever' from?
    • How many copies of Love You Forever have been sold?
  • Read the 'Who is Robert Munsch?' section to the students, and then ask:
    • What was Robert Munsch's full name?
    • When was he born?
    • Was Robert a good student? What did the lesson say about his time in elementary school?
    • What did he plan to become instead of a writer?
  • Read the next two sections of the lesson, 'A Literary Career Flourishes' and 'Breaking into Books.'
  • Ask the students questions, such as:
    • Before he wrote his stories down, how did Munsch share his stories with others?
    • Who encouraged him to become a writer?
    • What was the title of his first published book?
  • Read the sections 'Storytelling Around the World' and 'Munsch Today.'
  • Ask the students questions, such as:
    • In what country does Munsch do much of his storytelling?
    • How many books has he written all together?
    • What happened that impacted his ability to write?
  • As you read aloud the final section of the lesson, 'Books,' show students each book as you read about it.
  • Display the lesson quiz. Read each question aloud and discuss the answer choices with students, helping them select their responses. Then discuss the correct response for each question.

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