Jurassic Park Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Jurassic Park is one of those stories that sticks with students. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to summarize the book while a small group activity engages students further with the text.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park
  • highlight specific textual references to summarize key events from the story


  • 1 to 1.5 hours


  • This lesson plan is designed for students who have read Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park

Curriculum Standards


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


  • Copies of Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Jurassic Park Summary
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associate text lesson.


  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson Jurassic Park Summary, one per student.
  • Have students take turns reading aloud a line or two at a time from the introduction and 'Strange Things Happening' section of the text lesson.


  • Divide the students into several small groups.
  • Instruct each group to use the copies of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park and the construction paper and markers to create a timeline of plot events made up solely of specific textual references. The students within each group should work together to identify and list their selected references (along with the corresponding chapter and page numbers) into a plot summary timeline. The groups may have no fewer than twenty textual references cited on their timelines.
  • When all groups have completed their plot summary timelines, have them take turns presenting them to the class.

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