War Horse Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to deepen your students' understanding of the characters and plot in the play War Horse by Nick Stafford. Students will read a text lesson that overviews plot and analyzes characters then discuss content with peers before applying learning to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze characters in War Horse by Nick Stafford
  • summarize plot in War Horse

Length

  • 1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

Character List

  • Joey
  • Albert Narracott
  • Ned
  • Major Nicholls
  • Topthorn
  • Captain Stewart
  • Hauptmann (Captain) Friedrich Muller
  • Karl
  • David Taylor

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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