Overview: Free duck for president lesson plan and worksheet. A free lesson plan on Duck for President allows students to use the information they gain from words and pictures in the story to demonstrate a better understanding of the characters and plot of a text.
Subject: ELA, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Literature, Reading and Visual Literacy, Social Studies: Government
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Duration: 45 Minutes
Related Concepts: Election Process, Plot, Story Elements, Duck for President, Parts of a Book
- Students will demonstrate their understanding that words and pictures provide information with their own story illustrations.
- Students compare themselves to a character from the story by completing a Venn diagram.
- Students will show how plot development and story elements help comprehension with a plot graph worksheet.
Essential Questions: How can we use information from illustrations and words in books to better understand the characters and plot?
Vocabulary: chores, election, barn, furious, protest, requirement
Common Core Standards Addressed:
- Graphic Organizers
- Reading Passages
- Art Supplies
- Internet Access
Ask the class if they know what a “president” is or what a “president” does. Lead the students in a discussion about what it might take to be a president. Next, ask if a duck could ever be president. After they finish laughing, show them the book, Duck for President by Doreen Cronin. With the class, examine the front and back covers, while talking about the title and pictures. Some possible talking points could be: Why do you think they used red, white, and blue colors on the cover? Why is Duck standing in front of the microphones? Why are there hats and balloons in the picture?"
- Direct Instruction:
Once the story is finished, display the Plot Graph. If you choose, students could each receive their own copy. Review the idea of a plot and how it is the way a story develops or is told. As a class, retell the story using the images from the book and the parts of the plot. Explain to the students that using the images in books help you understand how the plot develops.
Complete the Plot Graph as a group. Include information such as: In the story, duck did not want to do his chores, which is the problem. (opening events) He has to go through several steps to become President. (These would appear on the uphill rising action) There are several events and then there is an 'Oh, no.” moment. (top of the hill/climax). Then at the end of the story, he figures out a solution to his problem. (closing events).
- Guided Practice:
Revisit with the students that using the images in books help you understand how the plot develops. Give each student a blank piece of paper. They will use pencils, crayons, etc. for this activity. Explain they will be re-listening to parts of the books. The teacher will read, then pause at pages with and event, climax and solution and then the students will draw an image. Remind the students to listen to the words, because that is where we find clues and evidence!
Select different parts of the book, read and show the class the pictures, then, read a line and do not show them the picture. They will then draw the image using the words they just heard.
For example, read, “Farmer Brown demanded..." Have the students draw the images. "The mayor demanded..." The students draw the image. Students can share their images with a partner, teacher, or class. Allow for dialogue so the students can explain WHY they drew the image the way they did. They should be using words from the text that led them to draw the image.
- Independent Practice:
Once some images have been shared and discussed, distribute the Character Connection Venn Diagram. Have students complete the diagram comparing themselves to one of the characters. Remind them that words and pictures from the story guide us to understanding what the characters are like. They can choose one that is opposite of themselves, or similar to themselves. (If the students do not have much practice with Venn diagrams, they could also just list qualities of one of the characters, and how those relate to themselves). These can be used as an assessment, shared with the class, or shared with a partner.
To end the lesson, bring everyone back into a group. Revisit with the students how the plot developed in the story. Discuss the climax or high point in the story. How did the words and pictures in the story help us figure this out? Also, Duck finally found a solution. Did the class like how he solved his problem?
- Observe while the students draw their images. Ask why they decided on that image. What words from the text led them to this decision?
- While they are working on the diagram, look for words in the story that show they understood these words explaining a characters traits.
- Also, the final product of each activity can be used to assess understanding of the activity. Note any student that may need more support, or differentiated instruction to develop the concept. If the following resources were not used for independent practice, they can be used as assessments.
- This lesson can be adjusted up or down depending on the ability of the students. Some students may need a copy of the book while they are working, to refer back to text and illustrations.
- Higher students could write “why” they drew the image they did, or write instead of draw.
- Student pairs can be formed based student knowledge levels and proficiency. The discussion when outlining the plot, drawing images, and completing the Venn diagram allows for peer to peer mentorship, and enhances the use of academic vocabulary and discussion skills. This is helpful to English Language Learners as they receive a chance to practice their English skills.
Additional materials to guide your teaching:
- Printable: Plot Graph
- Printable: Story Map
- Printable: Character Connections
- Organizer: Map It Out
- Printable: Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension
- App: Kidspiration Maps
- Plot Resources
- Duck for President 3rd Grade Resources
- Duck for President 1st Grade Resources
- Plot 1st Grade Resources
- Plot 2nd Grade Resources
- Plot 3rd Grade Resources