Big Fish Novel Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to increase student understanding of the novel 'Big Fish.' A text lesson guides students through a summary and analysis of the text, supplemented with discussion questions and activities to increase comprehension. Finish up with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize and analyze the plot in Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
  • analyze the plot, characters and theme in Big Fish


1 hour, plus time for culminating activity


  • Copies of the lesson Big Fish: Book Summary & Analysis, one for each student
  • Copies of the book Big Fish, A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Copies of the quiz, one for each student

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.


NOTE - This lesson plan is for use after students have read Big Fish by Daniel Wallace.

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