Best Review - Top 12 steps for Middle School lesson plan: Six Blind Men and the Elephant


his is a Perception lesson plan for grades 5 to 9. It is built around an Indian parable story called "Six Blind Men and the Elephant." Steps 1 to 9 include the links to all nine sections of the lesson. Step 10 gives you the link for the entire lesson plan.

Debbie Dunn is a professional storyteller, a published author, a past school teacher of fourteen years, and a Conflict Resolution Specialist. For more information about Debbie, please visit her website of

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Perception Lesson Objectives

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Clicking on this resource link leads you to the following 10 items:

Character Traits Addressed
Conflict Resolution Strategies Addressed
Other Concepts Addressed
Cognitive/Instructional Objectives
Emotional Objectives
Behavioral Objectives
Glossary of Terms
Lesson Length
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K-W-L Model

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Here are the K-W-L Model discussion questions that introduce this story to the class.

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Perception Vocabulary Terminology

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Students will learn about the perception terminology covered in this and other perception lesson plans.

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Perception Story: Six Blind Men and the Elephant

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This is a parable from India that is re-told by Debbie Dunn.
When conflict arises, we have two options. We can choose to continue the conflict or to problem-solve. This parable from India deals with times when people misinterpret what is really going on and they jump to the wrong conclusions. In the case of this particular story, six blind men encounter an elephant. Listen for how each blind man perceives what an elephant looks like.

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Popcorn Review

Here is a quick story comprehension review to use after students listen to the teacher read this story.

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Perception Video and Slideshow: Six Blind Men and the Elephant

A. Students will watch the YouTube video and the slideshow called “Six Blind Men and the Elephant.”

B. As students watch the slideshow, get a student to narrate the story in his or her own words.

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Perception Skits: Six Blind Men and the Elephant

Students will divide into groups and perform a skit for the class based on the story called “Six Blind People and the Elephant.”

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Bloom’s Taxonomy Discussion Questions

There are six levels in the Bloom's Taxonomy discussion question process. After reading "Six Blind Men and the Elephant ," the teacher will ask questions from all six levels.

Level 1 - Ask the Knowledge Questions.
Level 2 - Ask the Comprehension Questions.
Level 3 - Ask the Application Questions.
Level 4 - Ask the Analysis Questions.
Level 5 - Ask the Synthesis Questions.
Level 6 - Ask the Evaluation Questions.

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Follow-Up Writing Activity

Students will write about the six Bloom’s Taxonomy Questions for the Perception tale called “Six Blind Men and the Elephant.”

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Perception Game

A. Students will take part in a Perception Game.

B. The goal of this game is to demonstrate that sometimes we make an assumption that we know what someone must be feeling by the visual and verbal cues that we perceive. A lot of the time, we have gotten a totally wrong impression and therefore, we base our reaction on this misinformation.
Click link to get the directions for the Perception Game plus the downloadable 30 Perception Cards for teachers to print, cut out and laminate.

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K-W-L Model

Here are the final K-W-L Model discussion questions to use as a closure activity to conclude this perception lesson plan.

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Middle School lesson plan: Six Blind Men and the Elephant

Here is the entire Perception lesson plan found on It was written by Debbie Dunn. She is the School Conflict Resolution Examiner at the national level for

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