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This lesson on Translation of Ideas and Outlining uses the book “Paper Bag Princess”


Language Arts  


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Title – The Paper Bag Princess
By – Jennifer Dalke
Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 1-2
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

(Translation of Ideas and Information – Outlining)

I will use this book as a springboard for a fun sorting game. First, I will read the story aloud to the class. Then, I will separate the children into groups of eight (maybe more or less, depending on class size). I will hand out a packet of eight notecards to each group, and instruct each student in the group to take a card without looking at the print (see attachment for examples). I will explain that each card has a line from the story written on it, and we will be doing a variety of activities with these cards.

1. Groups will be given five minutes to put the cards into sequential order based on the book. When they have finished, we will compare how the different groups put the cards in order. We will try to come to a consensus on the proper order, and then we will read the book again to see what the actual order really is.
2. The cards will be shuffled and redistributed among each group. The students will need to put the cards in order again, but they will not be able to show or tell what is on their cards to the other group members. Instead, each student may show one other group member his or her card. The groups will need to figure out how to do this and still order their cards sequentially. Since the group members cannot see each other’s cards, they can order their cards face down, or they can line up holding their cards. When they are finished, we will check the order and discuss what made this easy or difficult. I may decide to let them try this activity again with a two minute planning time.
3. After shuffling and redistributing the cards one last time, students will need to put the cards in order again. This time, however, the students cannot speak or show anyone their cards. The students will need to figure out how to communicate their cards in order to line up with their cards in the correct sequential order. After checking the sequences and talking about how they did it, I may let them try it again, competing with the other groups for the best time.


1. Elizabeth was a beautiful princess.

2. So she put on the paper bag and followed the dragon.

3. He slammed the door so fast that Elizabeth almost got her nose caught.

4. The dragon didn’t even have enough fire left to cook a meatball.

5. So the dragon jumped up and flew around the whole world in just twelve seconds.

6. She lifted up the dragon’s ear and put her head right inside.

7. He looked at her and said, “Elizabeth, you are a mess! You smell like ashes, your hair is all tangled and you are wearing a dirty old paper bag. Come back when you are dressed like a real princess.”

8. They didn’t get married after all.

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