The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

The Miraculous Story of Edward Tulane is a dynamic book packed with symbolism. Use this lesson to review key concepts in the novel with your students, then apply concepts with a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize key plot points for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  • use the text to defend their thinking
  • identify the theme in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  • list and analyze character traits for characters in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


1 hour


Key Vocabulary/Characters

  • Abilene Tulane
  • Edward
  • Pellegrina
  • Susana
  • Bull
  • Lucy
  • Sarah Ruth

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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