Lessons & Units :: Character 4th Grade Unit

Lesson 2: Antagonist

Lesson Plan

Hansel and Gretel | 680L

Hansel and Gretel
Learning Goal
Identify and describe the antagonist in a story using text evidence and the term “antagonist”.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: N/A
Not Provided: Hansel and Gretel retold by Rika Lesser, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain the term “antagonist” (person opposed to or who competes with a protagonist) and identify antagonists from the same familiar stories discussed in Lesson 1. I will chart typical characteristics of antagonists (unkind, dishonest, greedy, etc.). I will mention that antagonists do not need to be completely bad or unkind, and can have some positive qualities or motivations as well. I will say that today, we will be focusing on antagonists that have mostly negative characteristics.

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I determine that this character was the antagonist? Students should explain that you thought about the characteristics of the character, and thought about the characteristics of typical antagonists (unkind, unhelpful, dishonest, greedy, etc.), and decided that this character was the antagonist because they opposed the protagonists discussed in Lesson 1 and showed some of the same characteristics.

  • Guided Practice

    will identify the old woman and the stepmother as the antagonists in Hansel and Gretel retold by Rika Lesser. We will chart evidence from the text that proves they are antagonists.

  • Independent Practice

    will identify an antagonist from your independent reading book. You will write a paragraph about the antagonist, supporting your answer with evidence from the text.

    TIP: You may want to have students listen to Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky for the Independent Practice. For an alternative Independent Practice, have students create a “Wanted” poster for the antagonist. They should draw a picture of the character’s face, and write the negative qualities and actions beneath their drawing.

Texts & Materials

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User Comments

LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your lessons! Thanks so much for doing all of the leg work!

Here is a free wanted poster for the antagonist on TPT https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Wanted-Poster-template-149098

Thanks! Much appreciated!