This lesson plan for teachers of young learners at elementary and above explores the theme of a carnival in Brazil and a diamond theft. Students will have an opportunity to participate in the storytelling process and develop their speaking skills.


Stories are a highly adaptable teaching tool and can be used in a variety of ways to teach a variety of skills. This particular lesson focuses on extended listening skills and getting students to actively participate in the storytelling process, allowing them to use their prediction skills in a creative and fun way. 

It isn't always necessary or desirable to do a more formal learning activity after telling a story in class, as storytelling activities are a good way of letting students simply enjoy listening and learning English. However, there are also some follow-up activities that concentrate on different aspects of language in the story. 


Carnival in Brazil and a diamond theft


Elementary or higher


60-90 minutes


  • To develop extended listening and prediction skills in young learners using a short story
  • To reinforce the use of the simple past tense


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including story text and answers to tasks.

Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheets contain:

  • Storytelling script and pictures
  • Story card ordering activity
  • Costume-drawing worksheet
  • Complete story text

Note this is an old plan, and some of the webpages it links to are no longer available. You can print out the texts from the worksheets though.

Fiona Lawtie, Teacher, Freelance materials writer


My students liked it a lot. They especially were enthusiastic watching carnival photos In Brazi that were projected on the wall. This story was interesting for them. They liked to predict the story answering my questions. The photos of the story on the wall was fun. It was fun that one of the students began to predict the story beforehand  but it was love story. Story card ordering activity was very facinating for them. Thank you very much for this lesson plan.

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