Sample Lesson Plan in Literature: The Lazy Horse Story


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Sample Lesson Plan in Literature: The Lazy Horse Story



The Lazy Horse


Once upon a time, there was a man named Tom. He was a kind trader. He traded salt.

He had a very lazy horse who wanted to avoid work.

One day Tom was working, he put sacks of salt onto the horse’s back. The sacks were heavy.

The horse started walking ahead while Tom was collecting food. When the horse reached the bridge; he slipped down and started to sink in the water.

When he got up the sacks became lighter because the salt got dissolved. So, the horse was happy that he was carrying lighter load.

When Tom reached the town and weighed it, it weighed half a kg. Tom thought he weighed it wrong. Every day the horse would do this for 2 weeks. One day, Tom loaded up salt and this time he followed the horse.

When the horse reached the bridge, Tom saw the horse’s plan. He purposely slipped down the bridge and going into the water to make his load of salt lighter.  He said to himself, “You lazy horse, I am going to teach you a lesson.

The next day, Tom kept sacks of cotton instead of salt. The horse then carried lighter load, but he still thinks of doing his trick. But when the horse fell, the cotton absorbed the water and became heavier. It started to hurt its back and drown.

The horse was sinking and shouted, “Help me, help me, please help me or else I will sink and drown.

Tom helped him. Finally, you have learned your lesson!  He said to the horse.

The next day, Tom loaded sacks of salt again. This time the horse did not tell lies or make silly mistakes or do any tricks to the trader.



Lesson Plan

Subject: Literature

Reading Comprehension skills

Duration: 30-40 mins.

   Topic: The Lazy Horse Story

  Grades: 3-4

 Learning Objectives:

At the end of the Lesson

   The student will be able to:

  • ·Read "between the lines" to understand deep meaning.


  •  Make Predictions of what will happened next.


  • ·Talk and recall about text's concepts, incidents, and details.


  • ·Apply these concepts to practical situation

Lesson Proper:

1.Unlocking of Vocabularies/ Sight words reading  (1-2 mins)

Review 3 sight words in the story:




New Vocabularies:

Trader- in olden times is a person who brings things in exchanged for another.

Dissolve- melt

Absorb- to take in water

Lazy- doesn’t want to work or avoiding work

2.Before Reading: ( about 3 mins)

Introduce to the students about the topic or story

Make a preview:

Show a picture of a lazy person. What is he doing?

Ask the students: What do you think are the reasons why we feel like we don’t want to do anything?

1. Maybe not interested to do it.

2. The work is too much, for example: your mom will tell you clean your room after that wash the dishes, take care of your brother or sister etc.

3.  Maybe you are telling yourself I will do it next time.  For example, Doing homework.



Ask the students:

Are you doing any of these? Do you also feel lazy? If so how and when?

In this story we will find out what happened to the lazy horse.

3.During Reading:  (8-10 mins.)


 The Teacher may call a student to read. Other students will also read silently. As the student read aloud the story, the teacher will pause at appropriate places or text to    discuss. May give prompt to students if they are mispronouncing words.

 Ask the student:

 What happened to the lazy horse as he crossed the bridge?

  I wonder Why the horse is happy doing that every day, why do you think so?


Make Prediction for some parts of the story:

What do you think will happen if the horse will sink in the water and the cotton will get wet?

The student will respond in complete sentences. It helps the child to engage with the story and think critically about the text and allows the teacher/ tutor to know how well the passage is being comprehended.


4. After Reading:  (about 5-8 mins)

The teacher can give Assessment through the form of discussion question, speaking or writing. For this assessment the student will give answer to multiple choice questions

Ask the student: What is the moral of the story?

5. Application/ Lifelong Learning: ( about 5 mins.)

The student will talk about relevant or logical answer

Do you want to be a lazy person?

What will happen if you do not do your homework?

What will happen if you do not clean your room?

6.Closing: (about 2 mins)

The student will sum up the lesson.

Teacher’s Reflection:

What is/are the progress of the student?

Follow up/Remedial





Multiple Choice: Choose the correct answer:

1. What does the hardworking trader trade for

A. bread          B. Sugar           C. Horse    D. Salt


2. What does lazy mean in line 2?

A.   Avoiding work       B. Jumping        C. Eating Hay           D. Sleeping


3. Aside from being lazy, what other bad traits does the horse have?   ( 2 Answers)

A. Disobedient      B. Hardworking      C. Dishonest        D. Kind


4. What happened as the load of salt got dissolved in the water?

A. It became heavier

B. It became lighter   

C. It became bigger

D. It became smaller


5. How did the trader teach the lazy horse his lesson?

A. He loaded the sacks with salt.

B. He loaded the sacks with stones.

C. He loaded the sacks with cotton.

D.  He loaded the sacks with apples.

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