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This detailed resource on story elements addresses differences between novels and short stories, figurative language, and plot elements (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). Class members participate in literature circles, write a plot analysis, and then peer edit and publish. While many of the teacher resources may not be accessible, the objective and outline is useful, as are the associated web sites.
After reading "The King of Mazy May" by Jack London, learners reinforce their literary analysis skills in this SMART board instructional activity. The provided SMART board file allows themto define elements of a short story, and then add it to the plot diagram. The class can then diagram the plot of the short story in partners or small groups. An assessment calls for reading a new story and diagraming the plot. All necessary resources, including the short story, are provided or linked.
After reading "A Sound of Thunder", 9th graders identify and analyze literary elements like theme, climax, and conflict. In groups, they create a visual presentation with images that represent their analysis. Groups present to the class and peer evaluate. While the steps of the lesson are clear, supplementary resources are not available; however, they could be easily created.
This simple plan is designed for a small resource group, but could be used in any classroom. After the teacher reads a short story, each group member takes a plot element (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement) and reports on this part of the story to the rest of the group. Then they discuss the accuracy of the report. Lastly, the group uses Inspiration to make a plot diagram of the story. Note that the links to related materials do not work.
Learners evaluate various literary elements from the book <i>Dragonwings</i>. In this literature study lesson plan, students complete various activities including a plot diagram, a conflict list, and connecting the climax of the book to real-life disasters. Printable worksheets are included.