Anecdote Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses an extension, activity, mini-activity, and discussion questions to help your students learn about and construct their own anecdotes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • define anecdote
  • create their own anecdote
  • break down an anecdote's meaning, theme, or purpose


45-60 minutes without the activity


  • Handouts of various anecdotes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Key Terms

  • Anecdote
  • Anekdota


Warm Up

  • Get the class started with a couple of questions:
    • Have you ever heard of an anecdote?
    • Can someone give me an example of an anecdote?


  • Start and watch the following video during class:
  • After you've watched the entire video, ask a few discussion questions.
    • Ask someone to define anecdote in their own words.
    • Where does the word anecdote come from?
    • What are some characteristics particular to anecdotes in terms of purpose and theme?
  • Mini-activity:
    • Pass out various anecdotes that use fear, comedy, or empathy/emotion to convey something. Analyze them together as a class.
  • Ask if there are any remaining questions before moving on to the quiz.


  • Have your students take the lesson quiz as an in-class activity.
  • Go over the questions and answers as a class once everyone has finished.

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