Lesson plan

Mash-Up Reading Reflections!

Using this lesson plan, your students will synthesize literary information by reimagining storyline outcomes. Substituting characters from their favorite texts and reimagining the effects will excite and bring your class new insights!
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Students will be able to synthesize character perspectives by reimagining alternative characters in fiction texts.

(10 minutes)
Re-imagining Narratives with Guest CharactersRe-imagining Conclusions with Guest CharactersRe-imagining Dialogue with Guest Characters
  • Ask your students to envision a character cursed at birth to obey every order given to them. Share that this is indeed a character from Gail Carson Levine’s book Ella Enchanted!
  • Have your class envision themselves as Ella and brainstorm several adjectives describing how she acts, what she likes, and her frustrations.
  • Invite your class to imagine substituting Ella as Little Red Riding Hood and think about how different the story would be if Ella Enchanted took the place of Little Red!
  • Explain to your students in today’s lesson, they will learn to reflect on texts by envisioning characters in alternative stories.
(5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate how to complete the Re-imagining Narratives with Guest Characters worksheet for your students by using the opening example (Regarding a narrative excerpt, you can cite the Little Red Riding HoodText from the reference section resource).
(5 minutes)
  • Brainstorm with your students a quick list of five stories with which most of your class is familiar.
  • Hand out the Re-imagining Narratives with Guest Characters worksheet and guide your class through a brainstormed story example. Since the original text may be unavailable, write the story accurate to most students’ understanding.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell your class to flip and complete their worksheets with a new character and an alternative text.


  • Students can substitute Ella from Ella EnchantedInto any other story of their choice.
  • Provide photocopies of single page excerpts of levelled texts for students to reference.


  • Have students add a summary of how the rest of the original story would change as a result of substituting the guest character.
  • Have students complete the Re-imagining Conclusions with Guest Characters worksheet
  • Have students complete the Re-imagining Dialogue with Guest Characters worksheet
  • An overhead or document projector is great for displaying literature and worksheet demonstrations with your class.
  • With access to tablets or computers, students can reference their favorite texts and characters for more detailed information.
  • Using Google Classroom, the Re-imagining Narratives with Guest Characters worksheet can be uploaded and given as an assignment for a reading workshop, homework, or may-do activity.
(10 minutes)
  • Post a T-chart on poster paper with the left side labeled "Key Words, Ideas, Quotes or Questions." Label the right side of the T-chart "In Response to…"
  • Hand out two sticky notes per student, have them write their assigned number on the back, and tell them to post something on the left side.
  • When the left side has enough notes, have students post responses referencing note numbers (Example: “In response to #2, I think…”).
(10 minutes)
  • Review the T-chart notes and responses as a class.
  • DISCUSS: What common themes, truths, or experiences do you share with characters mentioned today? Clarify how Theme, in this sense, would relate to life lessons or recurring ideas and events.

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