A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery ‘Alice’

Let your students tumble down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where their imaginations will soar to new heights. From Lewis Carroll to Dr. Seuss, from fantastic creatures to funny foods, these activities are bound to excite and delight. This lesson plan explores elements of wonder, distortion, fantasy, and whimsy in The Nursery "Alice," Lewis Carroll's adaptation for younger readers of his beloved classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. After exploring their concepts about Wonderland, students listen to the opening chapters of the story and view Sir John Tenniel's illustrations from the original edition. Using images of "big" and "small" from Alice's experiences, students develop these concepts in their own drawings. Students then compare Carroll's fantastic animals with creatures from other children's stories and use computers to craft images of their own fantasy creatures.

Guiding Questions

What is Wonderland and how is it different from everyday life?

How can we enter our own Wonderlands through reading, drawing, and writing?

Learning Objectives

Recount principle plot points from the story after listening to a young readers' version of Lewis Carroll's classic text Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Describe and understand fantastic imagery, both visual and textual, in various works of children's literature

Understand how size affects a person or creature’s interaction with their environment

Use the work of published illustrators and authors as inspiration for their own visual arts and poetry