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Lesson Plan: Stars

Subject:  Writing

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To write a narrative on a star’s name including details on why that name was chosen

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.




  • Have you ever named anything?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Naming something, such as a toy or a pet can be a lot of fun, but it can also be challenging.  It can be very difficult to think of the right name for something like a pet, knowing that the name is permanent.
  • What are some of the things that you have named?  What were the names that you chose?  Allow the students to answer.
  • We have been talking about stars today.  You are now going to pretend that you are able to name a star.  I want you to think about what you would name the star and why. 
  • Most stars have a scientific name.  It is a letter that corresponds to their brightness, a Greek or Roman letter and the constellation that the star is in.
  • You are going to be much more creative with your names than the scientific way of naming a star!
  • You are now going to be writing about what name you would choose for your star and why.  Remember to include as many details explaining why you chose the name that you did 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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