Around the World in Eighty Days Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about ''Around the World in Eighty Days'' by Jules Verne. Students will be able to evaluate the themes, characters, and author's decision about the ending of the journey.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the themes of the story.
  • Evaluate the significance of each character in the story.
  • Discuss the reasons why the author ended the journey in the way he did.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


Students will be able to identify and describe the following characters and groups from Around the World in Eighty Days:

  • Phileas Fogg
  • Jean Passepartout
  • Detective Fix
  • Aouda
  • Reform Club
  • Scotland Yard
  • Sioux


  • Copies of the worksheet
  • Copies of the lessons
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Paper
  • Pens

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