The Boy Who Cried Wolf 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.

The 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' is a popular folktale designed to teach students the importance of honesty. This lesson plan includes a fact-filled text lesson and a fun game designed to ensure that all key points of the story are grasped by students.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'folktale'
  • outline and identify common elements of folktales in The Boy Who Cried Wolf


  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.


Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


  • Paper copies of the text lesson Folktale Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples
  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with the text lesson
  • Copies of the The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • Dice
  • Circles cut out of paper with a smiley face on one side and a sad face on the opposite side

Key Vocabulary

  • Folktale
  • Moral


  • Begin by passing out the paper copies of the text lesson, one per student.
  • Have the students takes turns reading a few lines each aloud of the 'What are Folktales?' section of the text lesson.
    • What folktales have we heard?
    • What commonalities do these folktales share?
  • Now have the class read the 'Characteristics of Folktales' section of the text lesson.
    • Are the stories always shared orally?
    • What does it mean that they all have a message?
    • To what does the term 'common people' refer?
    • What are some examples of 'supernatural elements' from stories that we've heard?
    • Is a 'moral' the same thing as a message?
  • Instruct the class to read the rest of the text lesson now.
    • How many of us have read 'Hansel and Gretel?'
    • For those of us who have, do we agree with the analysis that was presented in the text lesson?
    • Do all folktales share the purpose of teaching lessons and sharing customs?
  • Pass out the worksheet created using the associated quiz and have students work independently to complete it.

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