Narrative Elements Teacher Resources
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Google Search Story
After searching Google for YouTube videos, pupils will create a Google Search Story. The process of creating these stories will provide practice using narrative elements such as, plot, characters, setting, and conflict. Note: Resource links to the Google Search Story website, plot pyramids, a template, and a rubric are included.
Symbols of a Life
Young scholars identify the narrative elements in a work of art and write their own narrative. In this narrative and symbolism lesson, students interpret narratives depicted in the given works of art and write a biographical narrative about a historic person. Young scholars use visual symbols to create an image for the written narrative.
Elements of Narration
Through this three-day lesson, learners will develop an understanding of several elements of narration such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and theme. Reading several fiction texts and taking notes using dialectical journaling, your class will make analytical observations, comparisons, and ask textual questions. Using the data collected, they will present their findings in an analysis. Home connections, extensions, and differentiation activities included.
Pond Animal Survival
What kinds of animals live in or near ponds? The instructional activity begins as you read the story Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian J. Hein. As you read, the class discusses how a pond can provide all the things some animals need to survive. When the story ends, each child will write a narrative with illustrations that describe what life is like for the common pond animal they have chosen.
Activity I: Exploring Theme
All stories contain themes. Examine the theme of an assigned story (the lesson suggests To Kill a Mockingbird). Your class can either read a story or watch a DVD to analyze the main theme of the story. They identify terms such as theme, conflict, dialogue, characterization, repetition, and symbol.
"Casey at the Bat" and narrative poems
Click on the blue audio link to hear a reading of the narrative poem, "Casey at the Bat." Then work through vocabulary that will help your class determine the all the parts of a narrative. A comprehension quiz, discussion questions, and a key vocabulary list are included. Note: If the podcast link does not work, have a guest reader or someone in the class read and then have pupils discuss narrative elements with a partner.
Lesson Plan 11: Beginnings
Every good novel needs a solid beginning! Setting the stage can have your budding authors stumped, so use this lesson to get them thinking. After examining the plot rollercoaster image (included) they consider the four places their story could start: beginning, inciting incident, middle, and end. A fun aspect to this lesson is having groups secretly write beginnings to a familiar story from one of these four points. After reading them aloud, the class guesses which beginning they wrote. Writers complete a worksheet applying these ideas to their own novels.
Lesson Plan 17: Novel, Take 2
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process lesson, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise" giving compliments about the novel they read. Then, writers let their inner editors out by first coming up with goals for their finished piece. By working through the packet, they come up with stylistic and content-related revisions, leaving the grammar edits for later. Finally, release the eager editors upon their drafts to revise, revise, revise!
A Picture's Worth 500-700 Words: Neoclassical Painting Analysis and Creative Write
Middle schoolers survey Neoclassical art and create a narrative based on their analyses. Focused questions and relevant background information provided by the Getty Museum provides a great foundation for students to understand art techniques as well as artist intent.
Transforming Negatives to Positives
Students write diamonte poems that correspond to the double-exposed photograph they created. In this poetry and multimedia artwork instructional activity, students use the photographic process to create a double-exposed photo then create a diamonte poem comparing the character and setting of the photograph.
The Hispanic Experience in World War II
Young scholars are introduced to the experiences of thousands of Hispanics during World War II. After watching an excerpt from "The War", they work together in groups to research more in depth their different experiences. They compare and contrast the Hispanic experience with other minority groups during the war.
Witness to a Brawl
Using The Musicians' Brawl, middle schoolers first impressions and the effect the title has on a piece of work. Then they analyze the narrative elements to art and write a newspaper article for the painting. In this narrative art lesson, students interpret the narrative elements in a work of art. Students then create a written narrative for the art in the form of a newspaper article.
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
Pets are like family! Youngsters explore the death of a pet. In this read aloud bibliotherapeutic lesson, they listen to the book Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. They make self to text connections and share experiences they have had with a death of a pet, and then draw a picture of what a dog heaven would look like.
References to Antiquity in Visual Arts (1848 - 1914)
Examine the Latin and Greek language and civilization during the 19th century by exploring the mediums available then. Students examine scenes related to Greek and Roman literature and compare and contrast them.
Telling Stories in Art: Symbols of a Life
Through a series of activities, learners are exposed to how artists use symbolic imagery to create the narrative of a subject’s life. They study The Birth of Alexander and some manuscripts kept at J. Paul Getty Museum. They then draft their own narrative about a historic figure and use visual symbols to create an image that communicates this story.
A Room of One’s Own Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Bringing Facts Into Science Fiction
Students develop a setting, plot and characters for a science fiction story based on current news themes, and then individually write drafts of the story.
A Plague on Both Your Houses: a Romantic Guide To Transgression
Students explore roles within their family, culture and society to determine the essential rules as well as the personal and societal consequences of transgressing them. They begin by looking at long-held traditions and then look at examples in literature (Romeo and Juliet) as well as contemporary examples of transgression as seen in current events
Introduce: Summarizing Narrative Text with the Fable the Tortoise and the Eagle
There is a valuable lesson revealed in the fable The Tortoise and the Eagle, and scholars examine it as they learn about theme, summarizing, and main ideas. The text is included here; read it once for learners to understand the whole story before demonstrating summary through a think aloud. There is a script here for this if you need it. Emphasize breakdown of the story into beginning, middle, and end, finishing by paraphrasing the author's main message. There are discussion questions here to prompt learners into deeper connections with the text before they try summarizing a fable on their own. Consider challenging the class to write their own fables and summarize a partner's writing.
Snowmen at Christmas
Students access prior knowledge of the symbols of the Christmas season and record in a graphic organizer. In this Snowmen at Christmas lesson, students make predictions about the elements of the story. Students post their predictions on a sticky not and share. Students create a snowman.