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Learners use the provided worksheet to identify plot elements and then fill in these elements on a plot diagram. Also included is a template for a character map that asks readers to choose a character, identify two traits, and supply evidence from the text of these traits.
All the tools (and directions) you’ll need to build an essay are included in a resource designed for learners and educators. The packet can be given to class members or divided into sections and used as part of a series of instructional activity on the writing process. Of particular value are the lists of transition words, words that show comparison, show contrast, purpose, coincidence, effect or result, place, example, time, frequency, and summary or conclusion. A great resource that deserves a place in your curriculum library.
Students write about main characters. In this dramatic writing lesson, students brainstorm character ideas. Students create actions and give the character a voice. Students act out the scene in groups and create a final draft.
Using a character map, learners assign traits to characters from Nicholasa Mohr’s El Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories. In addition, groups record evidence from the stories to justify the labels and use these sheets to prepare for a Jeopardy character identification game. The richly detailed plan, which familiarizes readers with the process of characterization, includes links to templates used in the activities.
Use this blank plot chart for any short story, novel, or play! Several lines are provided for readers to record facts during the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. A great resource for readers of many ages!
“Rikki-tikki-tavi” provides an opportunity to model for readers how to use background information to enrich understanding of a story. Class members observe animal behavior, listen to biographical background on Rudyard Kipling, study vocabulary words, and examine pictures of cobras, mongeese, and muskrats. Finally, they read the story. The motto for this lesson is: read and find out.
Would I stay or would I go? Readers of Milkweed are asked to place themselves in Misha’s shoes and decide whether they would stay and help a family, or run and save themselves. The richly detailed plan includes a guided practice exercise to learn the strategy and to model appropriate behavior when discussing ethical questions. After making a choice, individuals share their decisions and detail their rationale.
How does plot drive a play? Show this 20-slide presentation to describe the different parts of a plot. Basic vocabulary terms are included like climax, turning point, rising action, and denouement. Present this resource before reading a play with your class.
Provided here is a packet of worksheets to accompany The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. To start, readers research words commonly associated with the time period. Then, a list of 30 tough vocabulary words are listed (including elegiac, marquees, and decorously). Several pages of study questions cover all seven scenes of the play, and graphic organizers help readers track specific symbols through the story.
What do writing and dance have in common? They both have a six-trait rubric for assessment. Just like a good story, a good dance must have a hook, beginning, middle, end, logical sequence, and a climax. Learners use a structured criterion to analyze a dance performance in detail. The discussion that follows the exercise could easily be modified to fit a lesson on assessing or analyzing a story.
Give confident and reluctant writers an opportunity to engage their skills in diction and storytelling with this resource. The activity encourages the use of the right word that is rich, colorful, and precise, which helps create enlightening stories that are shared by the creators. The prompts are provided and are easily adaptable.
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.
New! Writing a Myth
Inspire your pupils to write their own myth with this writing prompt and related materials. The packet of materials starts with a basic brainstorm sheet and provides additional pages for details about each of the elements on the initial brainstorm page. According to the prompt, not only does the myth need to include a mythical character and explain a natural occurrence, it also needs to include aspects of GRAPES – geography, achievements, politics, economics, and social structure.
Pay attention to this presentation that outlines the structure of a fictional narrative with five paragraphs if you are beginning a narrative writing unit. Each descriptive slide is followed by a slide with the purpose of checking for understanding. A fairly simple presentation, consider this if you are a proponent of structured narrative essays.
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.
Individuals examine a book's components, including key events, characters, and vocabulary and develop "chain book reports" with their peers. Strips of paper containing the book's important events are staples together and hung.
High schoolers explore the Russian Revolution through dramatization. In this Russian Revolution lesson, students participate in drama workshops prior to writing and presenting one-act plays featuring figures of the revolution.
Use this Prezi to demonstrate how to put together a Prezi about The Cay by Theodore Taylor. This Prezi, created by a student, is made up of six slides that include information about the characters, setting, and plot of the story. Require your class to create their own presentations and offer this as an attainable student model.
Prepare for a wild ride on the plot roller coaster! Budding authors outline their novel plots through this set of visual and entertaining worksheets. They follow the story of Boris the Unicorn, which demonstrates the various stages of a typical fiction plot. Thankfully, the story is hilarious and will have your kids wanting more. For anticipation, have them read it only one section at a time, filling out their own plot in the space provided as they go through the six sections.
Students understand that all species have some capacity for communication. Students are exposed to the fact that all species have a capacity for communication. They are enlighten to the fact that communication abilities range from very simple to extremely complex, depending upon the species. Students realize that communication is influenced by a species' genetic makeup, its environment, and the numerous ways by which animals and humans respond to and adapt to their surroundings.