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Information Problem Solving--Lesson 3 of 5
Students examine a selected story/book and practice identifying the setting, characterization, and plot. As a class, they identify problems in the story, turning points and the climax. They use a rubric to evaluate the story, as well.
Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson: Using Art to Study Plot
Middle schoolers use the discussions of the novel, "Brian's Winter" by Gary Paulson to analyze the plot steps as elements of fiction and the culture's impact on visual and literary artistic expression.
Fairy Tales as a Genre of Literature
Students gain an understanding of the literary elements of fairy tales. They compose fairy tales using graphic web organizers and presentation software. The presentations must include six frames; a title frame, an illustration of fairy tale elements, illustrations and explanations of their tale's beginning, middle, climax, and resoulution.
Inventions: Natural & Man-Made
Students identify various inventions and their inventors. As a class, they compare and contrast the Industrial Age with the Information Age and determine the difference between inventions, adaptations and discoveries. They discuss how the invention of the computer is leading us into an even more deeper Information Age.
What are the three types of irony? High schoolers engage in a activity about the use of irony while reading O.Henry's short story "Gift of the Magi." They'll discuss rising action, climax, and resolution in the text before highlighting the use of irony. How can irony also occur in our everyday life? High schoolers brainstorm real-life examples.
Building Fiction: Elements of a Short Story
Young scholars define and interpret the elements found in a short story. Then they identify the elements of plot found in a short story. Students also apply knowledge of plot to an original work of fiction. Finally, they identify the elements found in a movie, television show, or short story that they read or watched during the next few days and write a brief synopsis of the story.
Fill in the graphic organizer including the setting, characters, conflict, and climax of a story. There are 8 blanks intended to assist students in seeing the relationship between the story elements.
The Language of Literature: Day 69 The Classic Tradition: Romeo and Juliet
Learners explain and summarize the plots of two act of Romeo and Juliet. In this language arts lesson, students discuss plot points nad the climax of acts IV and V of Romeo and Juliet. They also discuss the characteristics of tragedy and watch a video clip of the death scene from various interpretations of the play.
In this plot summaries worksheet, students read the plot summaries and write what the expositions, inciting moments, rising actions, climaxes, falling actions, and denouements are in them. Students do this for 2 plot summaries.
Elements of a Short Story (SMARTboard)
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.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Teachers who are about to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with their class may want to check out this PowerPoint. It goes through all of the literary elements present in the book: Characters, Setting, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, and Resolution.
Fifth graders identify the role succession plays in the adaptation of our environment. Students identify pioneer and climax species and order habitats in succession. They recognize that different characteristics of species make them more suitable to early or late succession.
Plot and Conflict
Pupils review the literary elements of plot and conflict. In this plot and conflict lesson, students read a story and answer questions about the plot and conflict within. Pupils create a concept map for the novel to identify the conflicts outlined in the novel. Students complete daily activities for the analysis of the text and make their own Powerpoint for the lesson.
The Brahman and the Banker
Young scholars listen to a story to determine the problem, rising action, climax and outcome of the story. Working with a partner, students rewrite the rising action, climax and outcome of the story using PowerPoint.
Land Before Time
Students view the film, Land Before Time. They recognize and use new vocabulary while following the general sequence and content of the story.
Lord, How Long Wilt Thou Be Angry?
Young scholars listen and respond to a piece of Christian music. They decide what the mood of the piece is, where does it climax and what musical techniques were used by Purcell to create tension in the musical example.
Four Steps to Literary Analysis
Ninth graders discover and practice The Four Steps of Literary Analysis. In pairs, they analyze two literary elements and prepare a Power Point presentation about them. They each write an essay on a novel using the ideas each group shared.
Conflict and Plot
Young scholars compare and contrast conflict and plot. In this English lesson plan, students develop stories containing conflict and plot using the NoteFolio. They are given a list of plots to choose from and make into their own.
Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory details and one rich in description. Finally, class members craft their own personal narratives. Prompts, story ideas, check lists, and assessments are included in this richly detailed plan.
Advertising in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to Persuasive Texts
Beginning a persuasive writing unit with your middle schoolers? Approach it through something that persuades us all: advertising! Through studying video and print advertisement, your class will practice Common Core skills for reading informational texts. They will also sharpen their narrative writing prowess as they study and craft emotional charged stories meant to persuade. Includes several handouts that are sure to help any ELA teacher lead up to a more in-depth persuasive writing unit.