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Analyze conflict and plot in literature. To begin, review the terms conflict, plot, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution with the class. Working in groups and using TI-83 Plus (because the activity is designed for use with Texas Instruments calculators), learners read an assigned short story and analyze the plot. Each group's findings are discussed as a class. Calculators are not necessary to complete this useful instructional activity.    
Students identify the conflict and plot of a story.  in this conflict and plot lesson, students explore terms such as conflict, plot, climax, resolution, and rising action.  They identify the conflict and plot of a given story.  They watch movies and cartoons and then identify the plot.
Twelfth graders read William Shakespeare's "King Lear" and draw connections to King James I with King Lear.
Seventh graders create an original narrative story in a diary or journal format involving a fictional character with conflict, plot, resolution and falling action within the story line. They follow the steps of the writing process with editing and organization, and they produce a copy of it on Microsoft Publisher.
Learners investigate the art of screenwriting and visual storytelling in this introductory lesson on films provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Emphasis is placed on the study of Mike Rich and "Finding Forrester".
Tap into the imaginative minds of young learners with a creative writing activity. After reading the myth Giants and Mosquitoes, this student guide supports young writers as they brainstorm and develop their very own creation myths. Including directions for prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading, this resource walks children through the writing process from start to finish. A great way to conclude a literature unit on myths. 
This useful and direct worksheet for the short story “The Knife Sharpener” guides early high school readers to isolate the basic elements of a story.  Activities include identifying characterization, setting, conflict, theme and diagraming the plot structure. More advanced literary devices such as suspense, atmosphere, mood, and diction are included with sections to include textual evidence. This document includes a homework assignment and is easily adaptable for any short story.  
There is nothing more frustrating than discussing theme in literature, and now the Common Core requires that your learners determine two or more, and discuss the development of it throughout the text. This is crazy, but manageable with the information and structure in this resource that will transform your students' definition of theme from a moral of a story into an exploration of universal experiences in literature. Included are ideas on how to scaffold your approach, a template for a motif tracker, and an assessment that can be modified for your class texts.     
Everyone can be an expert! After finishing Wendelin Van Draanen's book Flipped, divide your class into small groups. Then, assign each group a topic to become experts on. The resource suggests topics such as characters, themes, setting, conflicts, and plot. After giving groups 20-25 minutes to gather facts on their topic, each gets to assume the role of the professor, and classmates ask challenging questions (which you might want to brainstorm or help them brainstorm in advance). 
Expose your young learners to the basic workings of the elements of story. The information provided details the elements of fiction such as theme, plot structure, characters, setting, style, and atmosphere. The PowerPoint is designed for creating a short story but can easily be adapted to introduce the elements of fiction in any story.  
Commence your scrutiny of the Sci-Fi classic, The Chrysalids, with these specific inquires for chapters one to six. The examinations look for understanding of the characters, conflicts, plot, setting, and difficult vocabulary. Make use of this resource  as a quiz, homework, group work or as a catalyst for discussion. The page numbers are included for each question. 
Imagine that you are a train conductor traveling across the United States! Use this outline to create your own imaginative narrative. There's a small graphic organizer that highlights the main character, setting, plot, secondary characters, secondary setting, and second main event. Then, it's time to create your story opener! Write the actual story on a separate piece of paper.
In this trains on the move worksheet, 6th graders apply their knowledge about energy and motion to solve science and math word problems. Students solve five word problems.
In this tracking your trip worksheet, learners use a United States map to follow train routes and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer six multiple choice questions.
Use contemporary nonfiction in order to develop empathy and examine the power an individual has over his destiny.
Sixth graders read three novels to practice their reading and comprehension skills. Using each novel, they create a list of the characteristics of each culture represented. In groups, they also identify the setting, characters and plot of the stories as well. To end the lesson, they answer questions about cultures other than their own.
Students read and act out myths. In this world mythology lesson, students read and analyze myths from various cultures and then recognize their attributes as they prepare presentations of myths that explain natural phenomena.
How does the story of Cinderella differ from country to country? Tenth graders explore the elements of fiction through the Cinderella story. They read different versions of the Cinderella story and identify the literary elements. They will prepare presentations summarizing the setting and plot, and they identify any other differing literary elements. 
Learners identify the conflict, plot and symbolism in the selected chapter of the book "To Build a Fire." In this language of literature lesson, students find examples of different types of conflict. Learners identify the symbolism in the story such as the man's laugh.
Using three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Stranger," "Cendrillon," and "Heat Wave,"), ELD learners can practice their literary analysis and writing skills. Sentence frames prompt thoughtful responses about character, setting, and real-life application. Additionally, they use prepositions and adjectives to compare, contrast, and describe various story elements. Differentiated assignments become increasingly challenging for Intermediate and Advanced learners.

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