Scorpions Novel Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

If you're teaching Walter Dean Myers' novel 'Scorpions,' you can use this lesson plan as a culminating project. Students will show what they have learned by summarizing the plot, characters, and themes in a persuasive speech.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot, characters, and some themes of Scorpions.
  • explain the relevance of Scorpions.
  • use persuasive techniques in public speaking.


This lesson should be used once your students have finished reading the novel Scorpions.


60 - 120 minutes, depending on class size

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.


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.


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