6th Grade Examine The Novel-In-Verse Structure Lesson Plan (English)

Topic: Examining the structure of a novel-in-verse

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand the novel-in-verse structure and how it is used to tell the story in Out of the Dust.
  • Students will be able to identify and define key concepts and terms related to the structure of Out of the Dust, including episodic structure, parallel structure, and image patterns.


  • Copies of Out of the Dust for each student
  • Handout with key terms and concepts related to the novel-in-verse structure (such as episodic structure, parallel structure, and image patterns)


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to think about their favorite book or movie. Ask them to describe the plot and how the story is revealed to the viewers/readers.
  • Next, introduce the concept of the novel-in-verse structure and describe how it is used in Out of the Dust. Ask students to share their experiences with poetry and how it is typically presented.

Direct Instruction

  • Review the structure of the novel-in-verse and explain how it differs from traditional narrative novels. Show students examples of both types of texts and have them identify the key differences.
  • Discuss the time period and setting of Out of the Dust and how they impact the characters and their experiences. Ask students to think about how these elements may influence the plot and themes of the novel.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and give each group a copy of the novel.
  • Have students read a section of the novel and discuss the themes and characters that emerge. Encourage them to use evidence from the text to support their discussion.
  • Bring the groups back together and have them share their findings with the class.

Independent Practice

  • Create a project that involves using the novel-in-verse structure to tell a story.
  • Students can either choose a story from history or create their own and write it in verse.
  • Encourage students to use the themes and characters from the novel to inform their story.


  • Have students share their projects with the class.
  • As a class, discuss the advantages of using the novel-in-verse structure and how it can help to tell a story more effectively.


  • Observe students during independent practice and provide feedback on their understanding of the novel-in-verse structure and their project-based assessment.Evaluation:
  • Review the projects and classroom discussion to assess students' understanding of the structure and their ability to effectively apply it in their own work.

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