Tales from 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!


Comprehension, Mythology, World Cultures

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • 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. A story mountain is a great way to think about stories and their five major parts:

story mountain

You can print your own copy of the Story Mountain Graphic, found under Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Think of a story you know well. 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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