Lesson Plan

Short Story Discussion for Poison

Using apps and discussion to pull out the important plot elements and themes within the short story, "Poison" by Roald Dahl.
Torrie S.
Classroom teacher
Seneca Valley Senior High School
Harmony, United States
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My Grades 9
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...
--read, understand, analyze, and discuss their thoughts and opinions on the short story, "Poison" written by Roald Dahl"
--use technology to enhance their understanding, support their ideas, and exchange opinions with peers
--come to conclusions on their learning on plot elements and themes within the story
--compare/contrast this short story and its elements to other stories previously read in the unit and in other courses

English Language Arts
Grades 9
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Opener

--Show the video, and ask students to openly share ideas on why we may be watching this short clip.

Student Instructions

--Think about the video and what its contents might connect to in our story. Analyze with each other before responding in an all-class discussion.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

Along with the students--as a class--read the short story, stopping along the way to ask questions on comprehension and what students think will happen next.

3 Group Activity

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Teacher will show an example of a Popplet on the SMART Board (each character in the story has their own section, we can add character traits in the "comments" section as a class); the Popplet example serves as a "reminder" of using the Popplet from an earlier short story lesson.

Teacher will give students time to work on their Popplets in small groups, their focus being on the "poisonous" elements in the story. 

The teacher will circulate through the groups to ensure ease of use and proper management of the group's iPad/mobile devices.

Student Instructions

The Popplet's center should be "Poison" and the students should work in small groups to come up with direct examples from the text of "poisonous" items; be creative, but also add commentary. For example, don't just list what is poisonous but in the "comments" section of your Popplet, tell us WHY. Include photos for visual complements, too!

Students will be given TWO iPads per their small groups and a handout on the "quick tips" for using Popplet as they have used it earlier in a previous short story lesson as part of a class discussion. 

4 Individual Student Activity

Activity: Conversing

Students should be writing down their ideas on what is "poisonous" in their notebooks to save for future use in upcoming lessons (to be done simultaneously with the above Student Activity).

5 Wrap-Up

Even if students are not finished with their Popplets, they should receive the "exit ticket assignment" to complete for homework. (Note: This will represent their assessment of the lesson, as well.)

Teacher will remind students about Telegami's instructions on the classroom website (used in the beginning of the year as an introduction activity).

Student Instructions

Using your discussion of the short story--both while reading and working on your group's Popplet--use your Telegami to explain which "poisonous" items is the most "deadly" in your own opinion. Explain why, of course! Place a picture behind your Telegami to highlight your answer, too! We will open up tomorrow's lesson with these to jumpstart our discussion! Students will complete their Telegami using their own iPad/mobile device (all students have one according to our BYOT policy.)