Using stories in the classroom

This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at lower intermediate level explores the theme of ‘The Emperor's new clothes' by Hans Christian Andersen. Students will develop their vocabulary and practice their reading and writing skills. 


This lesson is aimed at lower intermediate students. It could be adapted for use with higher and lower levels.

This particular lesson uses an adapted version of ‘The Emperor's new clothes' by Hans Christian Andersen, but other stories can be used in the same way.


‘The Emperor's new clothes' by Hans Christian Andersen




Lower Intermediate


60-90 mins


  • To develop students' ability to reconstruct a grammatically and textually coherent piece of writing
  • To provide practice in prediction skills in order to ease the understanding of a new text
  • To provide practice in gist listening in order to encourage students to not focus on difficult vocabulary and thus make authentic listening texts more accessible
  • To provide practice in scanning a text for information
  • To by the end of this lesson the students will be able to successfully form past simple object questions in writing


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

Download lesson plan 90k pdf

Worksheets: can be printed out for use in class.

  • worksheet - four tasks and text

Download worksheet 76k pdf


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Lesson plan

The story addresses the issue of nudity, which may be offensive to some learners, depending on their religious/cultural beliefs.

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Submitted by Rania Jabr on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 07:13


Your lesson plan is excellent, and the topic is very interesting to our students. When I use a similar lesson, as an extension I would ask my students to do a webquest on the theme. I would ask them to choose a famous king or queen, collect information, and come up with a paragraph or two about him or her. But at the end, I ask my students to write a brief comment answering the questions: Who would like this king/queen? Who would not like this king/queen? Obviously, they have to explain why. This post-lesson activity introduces the technology factor and also gets them thinking and commenting about the information they collected. Rania

Submitted by Ana Paula Santos on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 12:10


I found your lesson plan very interesting and I'm going to implement it in my classes; my students are not very enthusiastic about the idea of reading stories and this is probably one of the ways to make them more interested.... let's find out!!

Submitted by makoko on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 16:37


Iam mrs.mako from Georgia

I think your lesson plan is perfect. I am going to use asimilar lesson.By this way I make my students read more. Iam sure the lesson will be funny and interesting.

Submitted by ninolomt on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 07:41


It's wisely chosen material for discussion and making students read books. This plan really helped me to achieve my objectives.

Submitted by c_raduca on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 15:31


It’s a good lesson plan. Well done. I’ll, surely, implement it in my class and I’m sure my students will be very enthusiastic about the idea of such project. It must be done in a medium time, otherwise they will be scared by the volume of reading.

Submitted by Mrs Parker on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 21:37


I teach primary school in Australia and I love to use short stories as 'lesson hooks' to gain student interest when opening up a new topic. I've written a few short stories for this purpose and created a blog to share them with other teachers. Students love stories and it helps them remember the lesson much better.

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