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Students analyze what makes a hero in The Lord of the Rings, Book Six. They discuss the characters and the aspects of their behaviors that make them heroes and write essays regarding the climax and heroic gestures of a character. After writing their essays, they research a deceased historical figure and write a tribute for the figure's tombstone.
Students, after reading and discussing the two texts by Flannery O'Connor, "Good Country People" and "Greenleaf," analyze the plot, tone, characters, themes and setting in each story. They write their own short stories dealing with a detailed plot and real-time events including flashbacks, etc.
Four questions about conclusion, climax, tone, and theme make up this worksheet about literary elements. The questions are specific to certain short stories ("The Landlady," "The Tell Tale Heart," "There Will Come Soft Rains," and "The Monkey's Paw") but could be modified for the stories you are reading in class. Use the worksheet as a class activity, homework assignment, or quiz.
The stories in Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street form the basis for a lesson on plot elements. The class examines introduction, sequence, problem, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution and identifies these elements in several of Cisneros’s vignettes. Groups then select one chapter from the collection and design a presentation in which they identify the plot elements in their story.
Sixth graders read novels and complete activities about the story elements for the texts. In this novel study lesson, 6th graders read the novel The Ballad of Lucy Whipple and Chasing the Gold. Students study the story elements and create a PowerPoint for the first text. Students create a diorama for the second text.
Help your pupils track the plot of a short story with this SMART Board activity. Using the short story "The Dinner Party" by Mona Gardner (though the lesson would work with any other short story), they define the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution in a plot pyramid. For homework, have themwatch their favorite TV show and complete a plot pyramid.
TV for homework? Your pupils' dreams have come true! After reading Sandra Cisneros's "Eleven," they analyze the elements of the story, particularly the plot and and climax. The lesson could work with any short story that you are using to teach plot structure, as the attached files (PowerPoint, homework assignment) are not specific to "Eleven." A letter to parents requests permission for pupils to watch thirty minutes of television in order to map the plot structure for homework.
Twelfth graders analyze the elements of fiction and use literary analysis vocabulary to evaluate fiction works. In this fiction analysis instructional activity, 12th graders define elements of fiction and complete a diagram for the elements.Students keep a dialectical journal for the instructional activity. Students present an analysis, and write a letter to their teacher reflecting on the assignment.