"Hansel and Gretel" -Language Arts Lesson Plan

“Hansel and Gretel”


  • The objectives of this curriculum is to enhance each student’s writing skills, technology awareness, and drama experience.
  • My goals for this unit are to introduce students to many different types of technology such as video, voice thread, online comprehension, and Intel’s Seeing Reason tool and also to expand creative thinking in writing. My aim in drama experience will be shown in students writing and acting out various skits from their version of different fairy tales.
  • I expect my students to identify with a certain character in each fairy tale discussed in class, so that they feel they know the character and how he/she really feels. I expect them to explore various technological sources to find information on the story and their character. Overall, I want to see my students to analyze their characters, apply them to their lives and display their analysis effectively in the form of writing and drama.


  • In this lesson, the students will be able to begin to watch a video and start writing a journal entry. A girl will write hers on Gretel, and a boy on Hansel. Students will also be able to give input on what other fairy tales they would like to examine in class and what ways they would like to learn about them.
  • Student’s performance will be accomplished in the classroom in group’s of four according to their writing and thought readiness level.
  • Student’s satisfactory attainment will be judged according to their writing and thought readiness level and participation in the classroom and groups.
  • Students will demonstrate that they have learned and understood as the objectives of the lesson by acting and recording a video of one skit the group thinks is their best. They will also demonstrate this by doing a dramatic reading of one of their journal entries.


  • Students must be have basic computer skills. Students also need to have mastered fourth grade writing skills and a lengthy amount of adjectives and descriptors.
  • Students should have the concepts of sentence structure, the function of all words in a sentence, and different types of writing completed for this unit.


  • Video of “Hansel and Gretel”
  • Wide-lined paper
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Poster paper
  • Notebooks (with student’s name)
  • Several “Hansel and Gretel” storybooks
  • Song about “Hansel and Gretel” in the background during journal entry time

Lesson Description

  • Students will learn the first part of the story of Hansel and Gretel through a video and begin to writing a journal entry, identifying with Hansel (boys) and Gretel (girls).
  • This lesson is unique in the way that older students can learn stories that were popular and identify with a character in the story. Students also get to be creative in their journal entry.
  • The levels of learning this lesson covers are Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, and Analysis from Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Lesson Procedure

  • Introduction
    1. Opener: Have you ever been forgetten or lost? How does it feel? It’s not fun, is it?
    2. There is a story about two kids who were forgotten and lost. It’s a famous German fairy tale. Remember any German fairy tales from our introduction to this unit? Does anyone know what the name of today’s story is? “Hansel and Gretel”
    3. Students will review some facts they learned about German stories.
  • Main Activity
    1. The focus of this lesson is learning the story of “Hansel and Gretel” and analyzing one character in the fairy tale.
    2. Students will watch the first of three parts of the story.
    3. Students will then be grouped according to writing and thought process readiness as observed by the teacher. Groups should be approximately five students each.
    4. Students who are examining the same character should discuss their character and explore their personality and actions. Ideas and concepts should exchange between the students. (5-10 min.)
    5. Then students should turn to their journals and begin an entry, containing their observations and perceptions.
    6. The teacher should be walking around the classroom, listening to groups and suggest concepts when appropriate and direct the discussion back to the subject when it gets off track.
  • Conclusion
    1. The teacher will ask the students to list three things that they liked most about their character.
    2. After the journal entries have students look through the various fairy tale books to suggest other stories to look at.
    3. Lessons to follow up: part two and three of “Hansel and Gretel”.


  • Students will be graded on participation and their journal entries at the end of the three part lesson.

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