Bunnicula Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson after reading the book 'Bunnicula' by James Howe to help students summarize its plot. Students will then analyze characters using their thoughts, feelings, and actions as evidence.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the story Bunnicula by James Howe
  • analyze characters in Bunnicula


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Bunnicula: Summary & Characters, one for each student
  • Copies of the book Bunnicula by James Howe, one for each student
  • Paper and pencils
    • Crayons, if students color

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Note: This lesson is for use after students complete reading Bunnicula by James Howe.

  • Connect students with the topic by asking them to choose a favorite character from Bunnicula and write it on the top of a piece of notebook paper. Allow students to sit in groups with other students who chose the same character and discuss reasons they like the character.
  • Now distribute copies of the lesson Bunnicula: Summary & Characters.
  • Read the first section with students ('Bunnicula Summary'), then arrange students into small groups.
  • Have the groups sit in a circle and pass-retell the story (one student begins retelling, then passes to another student and so on) until the story has been summarized.
  • As students retell the story, listen in and make sure students are hitting important concepts and demonstrating understanding.
  • Now read the 'Main Characters' section with students. Discuss:
    • What character action surprised you the most?
    • Which character would you like to have as a pet?
    • Which character do you think is most like you?
    • How did the Monroe's actions propel action in the plot?
  • Read the Lesson Summary together and allow students to ask any questions they may have about characters or summarizing a plot.
  • Ask students to take the quiz before starting the activity.

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