Double Dutch Book Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, this lesson plan reviews the struggles and secrets of five middle school students in the book 'Double Dutch.' Students will complete an individual reading assignment, two activities and a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Define the game of double Dutch
  • Analyze the main characters of Double Dutch
  • Discuss solutions for the main characters' struggles and secrets


90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).


  • Two jump ropes from the school's athletics department


  • Begin the lesson by asking the class if any students know how to play double Dutch. If so, ask them to explain the game. If not, explain to students that double Dutch is an activity in which two people, one on each end, twirl two jump ropes while a third person successfully jumps through both ropes without letting the ropes hit them.
  • Now, pull out two jump ropes and have students demonstrate how to play double Dutch. Move desks to clear a space, and use online instructions to guide students in the game of double Dutch. (Alternatively, you might simply show a video demonstration of double Dutch.)
  • Tell students they are going to read a lesson about a book called Double Dutch, which revolves around five students, one of whom has a big double Dutch competition nearing, and these students' secrets and struggles.
  • Distribute copies of the lesson Double Dutch: Book Summary & Characters and ask students to read independently.
  • Lastly, distribute the lesson quiz to help reinforce the subject matter.

Activity I

Begin this activity by explaining that students are going to analyze the characters while connecting their interactions with the main character, Delia. This type of analysis is called a character map. Ask students to:

  • Take out a sheet of paper and write 'Delia' in the middle of the page.
  • Around Delia's name, write the names of other main characters, drawing a line to connect each individual to Delia.
  • Write a short overview of each character underneath their name.
  • Connect the characters with one sentence using less than ten words. The connection can be an important interaction or communication.
  • Allow students to share the details of their character maps.

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