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Small groups read assigned short stories and identify examples of foreshadowing they find. Encourages rereading by reminding pupils that foreshadowing is more apparent in retrospect. Based on Texas Instruments technology, but pencil and paper works too. This is the second in a three-part series of activities about foreshadowing. See our links to Activities 1 & 3.
Best used as part of a creative writing unit, this activity helps writers plan how they will employ foreshadowing (to which they have already been introduced) in their own stories. The whole group brainstorms story events that lend themselves to foreshadowing. Individuals conjure clues that could hint at the events of their choice. Partners trade and critique ideas, suggesting improvements. Based on Texas Instruments technology, but pencil and paper works too. See links to related activities.
This resource contains summaries of the stories featured, but limited procedural detail. Readers compare Chopin's stories' use of situational irony and foreshadowing. High interest content (questionable paternity, missing persons) for high schoolers. Build on the provided questions with more probing discussion of specific examples of foreshadowing from the texts.
Define foreshadowing for your upper graders with this well designed resource. While there are only two slides, the definition and example provided are excellent and if coupled with additional literary devices could make for a great lesson.
Fifth graders study narrative writing. In this language arts lesson plan, 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.
After analyzing the compelling first paragraph of Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death," high schoolers draft original opening paragraphs using techniques identified Poe's writing. The relationship between suspense and foreshadowing, setting, imagery, and conflict is highlighted in vocabulary study in this concise plan. On day 2, peers provide feedback on each other's work leading to revision and final polishing of the paragraph at home or in class.
Here's a clever technology twist to writing in the round. Participants rotate through a series of computers adding to stories and editing by keystroke and mouse click. "Locked" forms prevent the loss of stories filled with suspense and foreshadowing.
As your class reads "The Cask of Amontillado," have them search for examples of irony and foreshadowing. In one square, readers record textual evidence, and in an accompanying square, they comment on the quotations. One example is already provided.
Examine foreshadowing with your emerging writers. First, define the technique, and then search the first three chapters of Barbara Haworth-Attard's Home Child for examples.
The conclusion of Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” shocks even the best readers. We want Peyton Farquhar to be released by the Union soldiers. We want him to return safely home. We want him to embrace his wife and children. But such an ending would not serve the author’s purpose. We would not be left to ponder the cost of denying reality or the costs of war. Here’s a video that illustrates how carefully Bierce crafts his tale, choosing foreshadowing to develop his theme and heighten the tragic irony of the ending.
Introduce readers to foreshadowing with this straightforward plan for analysis of a text. The resource suggests embarking on a first analysis with a video of the teacher's choice. Readers will apply skills developed here to a written text in the following activity. (See links to subsequent plans.) Based on Texas Instruments technology, but pencil and paper works too. Includes a nice graphic organizer for connecting clues to foreshadowed events.
A lesson on the literary elements necessary for a story, this energetic slide show might be just what you are looking for! Cover the following terms: foreshadowing, protagonist, conflict, characters, setting, climax, setting, point of view, and antagonist. There are many sound effects; some are effective and others are distracting.
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.
For this foreshadowing worksheet, students explore the technique of foreshadowing in the novel Number The Stars, by Lois Lowry. Students analyze chapter 9, page 76 for this technique of foreshadowing.
Collective story writing is a great way to reinforce the concept of story elements and collaborative learning. Young writers discuss story elements such as, setting, character, action, climax, conclusion, foreshadowing, dialogue, and theme. They then use those elements to work as a class and compose an original narrative.
Students read the novel, Music from a Place Called Half Moon. They are assigned chapters to analyze for literary elements and to assign titles to the book chapters.
Students compose a opening paragraph that sets the scene and foreshadows events. For this writing fiction lesson, students write an opening paragraph about a mugging and describe the scene in a way that foreshadows something bad is happening.
Students discuss examples of foreshadowing and find information about the Maori culture in Whale Rider. In this Whale Rider instructional activity, students define foreshadowing and find examples. Students evaluate whether or not they feel the story is real or unreal as they continue reading the story.
Students explore racial prejudice in South Africa through the reading of "A South African Storm" by Allison Howard. For this cultural and geography lesson, students discuss ethnicity and prejudices and cite examples from the letter. Students write a letter using some of the techniques of foreshadowing and symbolism used in "A South African Storm."
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.