ALEX Lesson Plan


Zoo of Death from Chapter 2 of The Princess Bride

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Author:Chastity Cosby
System: Lauderdale County
School: Lauderdale County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33133


Zoo of Death from Chapter 2 of The Princess Bride


Students will create their own zoo of death after reading Chapter 2 of The Princess Bride. Students will list all of the five levels of the zoo of death as Prince Humperdink in the novel and create their own while researching animals and habitats and create a poster with colored pictures of animals and environments.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (9)
25. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically. [W.9-10.6]
ELA2015 (9)
26. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. [W.9-10.7]
ELA2015 (9)
37. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.9-10.2]
a. Use commas correctly with non-essential appositives. (Alabama)
b. Use a semicolon (and perhaps a conjunctive adverb) to link two or more closely related independent clauses. [L.9-10.2a]
c. Use a colon to introduce a list or quotation. [L.9-10.2b]
d. Spell correctly. [L.9-10.2c]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will be able to close read Chapter 2 while using Chapter 2 during reading activity and answer and cite questions then create a zoo of death to illustrate their understanding of the novel after reading Chapter 2 and researching for information.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

91 to 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Computers with Internet access for zoo of death project or library for research:

  • poster board
  • pictures of animalscopy of The Princess Bride
  • copy of The Princess Bride novel during reading activity chapter by chapter (see attachment)
  • chart paper

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access

Document camera optional


Read The Princess Bride

Review Chapter 2 and the "zoo of death" concept in novel.


1. Journal: Choose one of the following to write 5 sentences about as your journal entry for today.

  • Are zoos a good or bad idea?
  • What animal would you describe as the most deadly? Why?
  • What does the following quote mean?
  • “Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.”― Alice Hoffman

2. Discuss journal entries and lead discussion to the topic of zoos.

3. List on board reasons for and against traditional zoos, then list the zoo of death on chart paper to be placed in room during project.

4. Read aloud Chapter 2 to class (only 4 pages) and have students follow reading with study guide and answer and cite questions during reading.

5. Assign zoo of death (see attachments).

6. Allow students to research required information to complete project.

7. After finishing project, discuss and display in classroom after evaluation.

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Assessment Strategies

Finished product poster of "zoo of death" will be the assessment.

Rubric is on the copy of "zoo of death" project for students to view while completing project.


Students will expound on "zoo of death" by adding other components such as more information, pictures to each level.


Students will make a "zoo of death" with extra time and no writing component.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.