Tuck Everlasting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

In this lesson, students will read about the novel 'Tuck Everlasting' by Natalie Babbitt. A plot summary and character analysis are provided. Students will analyze the main theme of the novel and extend it to an original piece of writing.

Learning Objectives:

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot and characters of Tuck Everlasting
  • analyze the main theme of Tuck Everlasting and extend it to a short piece of original writing


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards:


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.


  • To begin, write the word immortality on the board. Ask students what this word means. Write common answers on the board. Ask students if they know any stories that include the theme of immortality. Write these on the board.
  • Introduce the book Tuck Everlasting, handing out or reading on a digital device the text lesson Tuck Everlasting: Summary, Characters & Author. Students should be encouraged to highlight and/or take notes as they read.
  • When students are finished reading, hold a whole-class discussion about the plot and characters of Tuck Everlasting. Write summaries of everything discussed on the board. (Tip: If possible, start a Google Sheet to keep student responses organized. You can even share the link with students to complete this as a whole-class activity through Google Sheets.)

Discussion Questions:

  • What is immortality?
  • What would happen to our society if immortality was an option for anyone?
  • Would you choose to become immortal? Why or why not?

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