Detailed Lesson Plan of  "The Thief's Story" class 10


Students will analyze the character development, plot structure, and themes in "The Thief's Story" by Ruskin Bond.


  • Copies of "The Thief's Story"
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Sticky notes

Introduction (10 minutes):

  1. Begin the class by asking students if they have ever read a story about a thief.
  2. Write the word "thief" on the board and ask students to brainstorm words or phrases that come to mind when they think of a thief.
  3. Discuss the different stereotypes and misconceptions associated with thieves.

Reading and Analysis (30 minutes):

  1. Distribute copies of "The Thief's Story" and give students 10-15 minutes to read the story silently.
  2. After reading, ask students to work in small groups to analyze the story. Provide them with the following prompts to guide their discussion:
  • Who is the protagonist of the story? Describe his character traits and motivations.
  • How does the story's setting contribute to the plot?
  • What is the climax of the story? How does the resolution reveal the theme(s) of the story?
  1. After small group discussions, facilitate a whole class discussion to share and compare group findings.

Writing Activity (30 minutes):

  1. Ask students to individually write a character analysis of the protagonist, Hari Singh. Encourage them to use textual evidence to support their analysis.
  2. After completing their writing, ask students to share their analysis in small groups and provide feedback to each other.

Closure (10 minutes):

  1. Ask students to reflect on the themes of the story, particularly the idea of redemption.
  2. Write the following quote on the board: "No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire." - L. Frank Baum
  3. Ask students to discuss what they think Baum meant by this quote and how it applies to "The Thief's Story."


  1. Use sticky notes to assess student understanding of character development, plot structure, and themes throughout the lesson.
  2. Review students' written character analyses to assess their comprehension and use of textual evidence.


  1. Have students research and present on a famous thief from history.
  2. Assign students to write their own short story about a thief, using "The Thief's Story" as a mentor text

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