The Giving Tree Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction of the elements of a story while reading ''The Giving Tree'' by Shel Silverstein. Students practice with the lesson then apply independently with the story using a plot diagram.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify parts of a story
  • create a plot diagram and label it with story elements from The Giving Tree
  • determine point of view in stories


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Storytelling: Lesson for Kids
  • Copy of the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Plot diagrams or notebook/chart paper
  • Familiar text, such as fairy tales, nursery rhymes, or picture books your students have read and will recall

Key Vocabulary

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Point of view

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2

Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

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