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Lesson Plan: Plants (Writing - Grade 2)

redwood trees lesson

Subject:  Writing

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To write a story from the point of view of a redwood tree

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.3- Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.




  • What is your favorite type of story to read?  Why?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • There are many different types of stories.  Some stories are told by explaining everything that is happening to every character in the story.  Some stories are told by one person. 
  • The way a story is told is called the point of view.  There are three different points of view, first person, second person and third person.
  • First person point of view is when a character in the story is telling the story.  Some of the words that will be used are “I,” “me, “my” or “we.”  For example, I went to the beach the other day.
  • Second person point of view is when the person telling the story speaks directly to the reader.  You will see the words “you,” “your,” and “yours.”  For example, You should see the amazing shells that I picked up at the beach.
  • Third person point of view is when the person telling the story is not a part of the story at all, but is just explaining what is happening.  You will see the words “he,” “she,” “it,” and “they.”  For example, The children went to the beach and they collected many shells.
  • We have been talking about plants.  You are now going to write a story from the first person point of view.  You will be writing as though you are a redwood tree. 
  • You will be explaining how you started, where you live, what you see and how big you have grown to be.
  • When you are writing your story, think about what you would see, what you would be thinking and feeling.  Write as many details as you can.  Then, you will be sharing what you wrote.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share the story that you wrote?  (Allow the students to share.)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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