Ancient India

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 12182

A story without a point is not much of a story. From making someone laugh to testifying in court to explaining the inexplicable, stories can tell a lot. See what you can learn about an ancient nation!



learning style
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What do we get out of telling stories? You can tell a lot about someone by the types of stories they listen to and tell. What do you know about your country from the stories you've heard?

Think back to a time when you listened to someone tell a story.

It might have been bedtime when you were three years old, or it may have been over lunch this afternoon.

  • What do we get from listening to someone tell a story?

People tell stories all the time. If you think about it, hardly a day goes by when you don’t hear or tell a story of one kind or another. People learn lots of important things through stories, like how you should behave, or information they may be able to use another time. We also make connections with other people through stories. When someone tells us their story about a happy experience or a sad experience, it is like we are going through that very experience with them.

Most stories have some basic parts in common. Here is a way to think about stories and their parts. As you look at the image, Story Mountain, courtesy of Mensa for Kids, write down the five major parts of the story.

Share the five parts you found with your parent or teacher. Then, discuss together a story that you both know. Try to figure out what the five parts are in that story.

In the Got It? section, you will examine one of the great stories of ancient India to see what interesting information and ideas the story has to share!

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