Breathing Underwater Novel Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Help students gain a deeper understanding of the novel 'Breathing Underwater' with this lesson plan. Two text lessons guide students through active reading strategies before, during and after reading. Engaging activities and quizzes round out this plan.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
  • analyze characters in Breathing Underwater
  • identify theme in Breathing Underwater


40 minute - 1.5 hour mini-lessons for before, during and after reading


Character List

  • Nick Andreas
  • Caitlyn McCourt
  • Tom
  • Saint
  • Elsa
  • Mario Ortega
  • Leo

Key Vocabulary

  • Epistolary novel
  • Domestic violence
  • Duluth Model
  • Parental influence

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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