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Using a story: Miko the monkey

Average: 3.7 (50 votes)

This lesson plan helps learners develop reading skills and reinforces forms of the present tense.

Sue Clarke

The plan is suitable for primary learners at B1 and above and explores the topic of monkey facts and abilities.


This lesson exploits a story to develop the reading and vocabulary of primary-age learners. One of the main aims of using stories at this level is the general development of reading skills. Using longer story texts develops a far wider range of skills than is usually included in texts in primary coursebooks. In this story lesson, learners are given the opportunity to hear and read an original narrative story and build their knowledge of how a story develops.


Monkey facts and abilities


CEFR level B1+


60+ minutes


  • To develop reading skills by using a short, narrative story
  • To reinforce forms of the present tense, particularly third person


  • worksheet (one per learner)
  • Miko the monkey story text (one per learner)
  • pictures of various species of monkey (optional)
Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1