The View from Saturday Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help students summarize and analyze 'The View from Saturday' by E. L. Konigsburg. With it, students will read a text lesson that helps them to outline key plot points, analyze characters, and discuss style before they apply their knowledge to a culminating activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  • analyze characters in The View from Saturday
  • discuss style of writing in The View from Saturday


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson The View from Saturday: Summary & Characters and accompanying quiz, one for each student
  • Copies of the novel The View from Saturday, one for each student
  • Task cards with character's names written on them, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Chart paper and markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Point of View
  • Noah
  • Nadia
  • Mrs. Olinski
  • Ethan
  • Hamilton Knapp
  • Julian

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6

Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

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