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Invite your pupils to express their understanding of a novel through a collaborative video project. Groups choose a novel from those you have studied in class, select four scenes, storyboard the scenes, film the scenes, edit the film, and present the final product to the class. Materials are provided for the project.
Conduct a close reading of chapter 9 of The Cay. Read the chapter again and ask pupils to respond to a list of included text-dependent questions. Finish the class with the provided writing assignment, which asks learners to use textual evidence to prove that this chapter acts as a turning point in the overall story.
What happens next? Introduce your readers to the literary element of plot with a colorful, funny, and engaging presentation that includes two great story models. Viewers will especially enjoy the retelling of the story of the three pigs.
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often tells a story. A research component allows them to collect data on select populations to inspire written stories and creative dances.
Equipped with all the necessary components of a literary response, including a summary page, vocabulary list, a space for questions and answers, a story flow chart, and a character map, this resource is a superior way for students to complete a book report. Two additional pages provide 10 response-to-literature questions and 10 extension activities. This format will work for any book, not just Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. It is also not restricted to homeschool use.
This graphic organizer provides 11 boxes in which to record story information including: exposition, rising action, theme, climax, and more!
Middle schoolers discuss vocabulary words and compare definitions. They read chapters 6-9 of the novel, Dragonwings, and discuss point of view, and complete a plot diagram. Then they review the four types of conflict and identify the conflicts in the story.
What elements make the short story a distinct genre? After generating a list of common elements and a working definition, class members identify the characters, setting, plot, rising action, crisis, climax, and conclusion in “The Three Little Pigs.” The first in a six-lesson short story unit, links are provided to the unit overview and other lessons.
Readers must go beyond the surface level of Guy de Maupassant's story, "The False Gems," to answer the questions on this worksheet. They must draw inferences, evaluate character's actions, and analyze how irony and symbolism give depth to the story. The worksheet could be used as a reading assessment or to prompt group discussion.
Seventh graders research Greek mythological characters. They write about problems faced by middle school-aged children and how the character would handle them. Students also create story boards to accompany their oral narratives.
In this ecosystems worksheet, students use illustrations and descriptions of four ponds to determine the order of succession. Students complete 8 fill in the blank questions and 5 short answer questions.
Young readers evaluate several fairy tales and investigate their storytelling components. They discover the different aspects to telling a story, specifically fairy tales. Ultimately the students write and illustrate their very own fairy tales.
In this plot diagram worksheet, students add details to the graphic organizer that requires them to identify  rising action, conflict, exposition, climax, falling action, resolution, and themes of literature they are reading in class.
Enjoy the thrill of the movies with this ESL activity! Not only can learners talk about their favorite films, but in creating riddles about their chosen movies, they can practice the skills of context clues and deductive reasoning. This is as informative as it is fun! The second part to the lesson is linked, as well as any necessary worksheets.
Questions are given on each slide of this presentation, asking learners to identify parts of plot. The questions have two answers per slide for readers to choose between, multiple-choice style. The last two slides are labeled "Great Job" and "I don't think so!" for you to tell your scholars if they answered correctly. Check understanding of elements of literature in a quiz-type format.
Pair an activity on plot structure with any short story, novel, or narrative writing unit. After studying the five plot points of a story (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution), eighth graders identify which parts of the story fall on the plot line. Useful as an individual assignment, or as a class activity.
After your class has completed The Cay by Theodore Taylor, assess understanding of the plot. First, model how to fill out a plot line for your class. Next, have class members fill in the plot of The Cay on the provided story map. Invite individuals to glance at the rubric for guidance and consider making this into a collaborative activity.
Middle schoolers in particular will benefit from this simple presentation. Forty slides cover story elements like the protagonist, antagonist, and setting, and literary devices are also included. Some examples are given, but for the most part the slides are pretty blank, housing just the term and the definition. 
The class gets creative after listening to a short story containing a definitive structure. They are required to think about character, relationship, and setting, while attempting to show rather than tell, in their writing. Dialogue, descriptive language, and actions are the top priority for your young writers. 
Seventh graders read a number of Sherlock Holmes adventures so that they can compare them. They examine how author's use tension to build up to a climax and determine how Sherlock Holmes uses critical thinking to solve cases.

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