Lesson Plan Title : Twenty Questions

Age Range: Grade 3 through Grade 5 (Elementary Level)

Overview and Purpose : In this activity, students are put on the 'hot seat'. They have to give one to three sentence answers to questions asked by their classmates. The classmates are trying to find out as much about the book as possible by asking one question each.

Objective: The student will be able to answer questions asked by his classmates about his book.


Pre-determined list of questions for students to choose from


Ahead of time, set up a list of 25-30 questions students can choose from. Include questions about character, plot, and setting. (Dividing them up under those headings and sub-headings will help students choose the question they want to ask.)

Have a student volunteer to be in the 'hot seat'. He can give one to three sentence answers to the questions he is asked about his book. Each student can ask him one question. At the end of the questioning have the students work in groups to summarize as much of the information as they remember and present it to the student.

Continue until all the students have had a turn in the 'hot seat'.


You may want to give the questions to the students ahead of time, so they can have their answers prepared.