The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan in conjunction with Chris Van Allsburg's 'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick' to increase engagement and comprehension. You will find a text lesson to preview key plot ideas before students read the text and apply concepts to writing.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • make predictions about the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  • discuss key plot points in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
  • use informational text features to increase comprehension


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Copy of the text The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg to use as a read-aloud
  • Writing supplies for students as used in your classroom, such as notebooks, journals, loose paper, and pens/pencils
  • Copies of images from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick to display
  • Highlighters

Key Vocabulary

  • Preface

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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