When I Feel Angry Book Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

This lesson plan will help students think critically about reading and also encourage them to handle their anger in appropriate ways. In this lesson, we will focus on a close reading of ''When I feel Angry'' by Cornelia Spelman.

Learning Objectives

When students finish this lesson, they will be able to:

  • Answer questions about the key details in When I Feel Angry
  • Identify the main topic of When I Feel Angry


30 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

Key Vocabulary

  • Angry
  • Feel


  • A copy of When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Spelman
  • Colored index cards with the word ''Angry'' printed or written on them

Lesson Instructions

Warm-up: The Skit

  • Position yourself so that you are in front of the classroom and all students can see you. Do not suggest that the lesson is starting, but address your learners in a more casual way to get their attention. Keeping it casual helps make your skit more believable.
  • Next, create a situation where you can model what it looks like to get angry. You may pretend to drop an item you are carrying and then briefly scowl or say aloud ''that makes me so angry''! Other ideas include stubbing your toe or getting a bad report card.
  • When you are finished with your skit, ask the students:
    • What just happened?
  • Illicit a response about anger and encourage the students to share the sort of situations that make them angry.

Transition Phase

  • Transition from the discussion to the book by telling the students ''Thank you for sharing. You all have some really great ideas about handling anger.''
  • Hand out your ''Angry'' index cards to each student.
  • Hold up When I feel Angry to your learners and let them know that you are going to start story time.
  • Tell your learners that each time they hear the word ''angry'', you want them to hold up their index card.


What Makes Her Angry?

  • Read the first five pages of the book to your learners then ask:
    • What kinds of things make the bunny angry?
  • Try to elicit the details from the story - being made fun of, stopping a game to clean the room, going swimming but it rains, when her drawing doesn't look nice, when the teacher says she was talking when she wasn't.

How to Handle Anger

  • Read the next five pages aloud to your students. Since these pages deal mostly with healthy ways to deal with anger, ask the students:
    • What are some good things the bunny can do when she is angry?
  • Try to elicit the details from the story including going away from the person that makes her angry, taking deep breaths, running, riding her bike or doing something she really likes to do.

Communicating about Anger

  • Read the next five pages in the book. Ask your learners:
    • Is it okay if the bunny needs to rest or cry when she is angry?
    • What if she needs time by herself?
    • Does the bunny think talking and listening makes things better?

Last Pages

  • Read the last pages of the book. These pages are an overview of how to handle anger in healthy ways. For this section, allow students to listen without offering a discussion. This will help reinforce the idea for students who prefer to think internally rather than through discussions.

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