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After watching a video segment of an interview with one of the survivors of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, young writers create an original narrative that utilizes flashback to tell the L.D. Cox's story. Writers determine who or what triggers the flashback and when and where it happens. They must also tell the story from Cox’s point of view. Resource materials are provided.
Explore a flashback in a story with readers. They will read a story, identify the flashback in the story, then evaluate how the flashback is used. Using the NoteFolio, students analyze the meaning and merit of a flashback in a story. They evaluate the story and analyze how the flashback adds to the meaning of the story. Groups of learners work together and then share their information with the class.
Second graders practice recalling the sequence of events in a story. In this sequencing activity, 2nd graders listen to the story, A Chair for My Mother and identify each flashback that occurs in the text. Students chart the sequence of events.
In this foreshadowing and flashbacks worksheet, students are given a short re-telling of The Tell Tale Heart to read. Student then complete several exercises to determine when and how foreshadowing and flashbacks are used in the story.
Students create a piece of original fiction utilizing flashbacks. Students define and identify the use of flashbacks in the novel Holes. Definitions and examples are recorded in student journals. They use their examples as springboard for creating their own fiction using flashbacks.
Students develop examples of flashback in their own individual writing. For this language arts lesson, students write an original story that incorporates the literary device flashback. Students also assess each other's work by exchanging their writing using the unit-to-unit cables and following the prompts designed to facilitate meaningful critiques.
Learners read Holes by Louis Sachar. In this word definition lesson, students discover what the word flashback means and how they are used in a story (specifically Holes). They discuss as a class and then they independently respond to a writing prompt in their journal. This lesson includes a suggestion for homework.
Fourth graders read the story Leaving Home and put the story events in chronological order. In this chronological order lesson plan, 4th graders use index cards and refer to the flashbacks in the story.
Fourth graders read a story. In this story sequencing lesson, 4th graders learn about the use of flashbacks in a story. Students read Tell Me a Story, Mama and identify flashbacks in the story.
Fifth graders study narrative writing. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders review how an author uses vivid verbs, imagery, and adjectives to capture reader's attention. Students explore literary devices of foreshadowing, flashback and suspense in order that the students can classify how the author caught their attention.
Students explore the aspects of narrative structure. They examine how chapters and paragraphs are linked together. Students observe how authors handle time in their writing through the use of flashbacks, stories within stories, dreams and the passing of time.
For this writing worksheet, students discover the use of flashbacks as an author's tool to develop characters. Students read the examples and use one of the story starters to write a story that includes a flashback.
Pupils explore flashback and chronological order. In this literature lesson, students analyze a piece of work using a set of criteria. They log their data using a TI.
Which comes first? The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, or Future? What clues can readers use to establish the chronology of A Christmas Carol? The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley, and Tiny Tim provides the text for an activity that asks class groups to use logic, context clues, and transitions to unscramble and reorder the events in Dickens’ story. As a follow-up activity, individuals create their own tale that uses flashbacks to reveal why their character is so negative.
Foreshadowing, flashbacks, and imaginary places are the three topics of focus in this two-lesson packet written especially for the book, Bridge to Terabithia. Each lesson also comes with worksheets and activities to support student engagement and learning. These lessons and activities are fun, make connections to other texts, and are very appropriate for learners in fifth through seventh grade.
Seventh graders read the novel, The Light in the Forest. They work in groups to research and create artifacts for a Native American Living Museum. They complete a Powerpoint presentation of their virtual museum to classmates.
Using examples from Holt, Rindehart, and Winston, this presentation introduces plot structure and types of conflict to middle school readers. Terms are defined, and then the audience is given a quick check to assess their understanding.
Ninth graders explore the British seaside resort Blackpool. In this British Travel ESL lesson, 9th graders read an article and answer guided reading questions. Students create a short story about what a person did in Blackpool.
In this literature skills worksheet, students review the use of flashbacks in the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Students study the map of Latvia and the map of the Asian Continent. Students then answer the questions about setting and perseverance.
Imagine—learners teaching learners! Flashback and foreshadowing are the focus of a colorful, student-produced presentation that illustrates the differences between these literary terms. Consider using the presentation as a model, having your class critique the slides, and then assigning groups terms to use in their own presentation.