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How do we know how a character was affected by the conflicts they encounter in a story? We use evidence from the text to make assertions about the characters we read about. Third graders practice finding and using evidence in a short story as they analyze the main characters actions. Two great stories are used as examples in a whole class setting before learners venture out to analyze a character on their own.
Students explore the plot of mystery books. In this genre study lesson, students read the book, Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy and listen to a read aloud of a chapter from the text. Students fill in a graphic organizer that helps them organize information about the problems in the plot. Students continue to read the chapters and fill in the Mysteries Chart. There are several questions included with this lesson.
Kind of a random mix of grammar points (nouns and pronouns) and plot elements (like parts of a plot), you might find this worksheet most helpful by separating the content areas. In the first part, scholars describe the parts of a plot, define internal and external conflict, and discuss summaries and predictions. In the second, they search for nouns and pronouns in different exercises.
Second graders read the story, "The Foolish, Timid Rabbit," as part of a unit on appearances. After reading with partners, they write their own stories that include elements about some forms of matter from their science studies. Students also include the elements of plot in their tales.
In this writing skills worksheet, students explore how to establish conflict in order to make an interesting plot. Students read a 1 page selection and respond to 2 questions pertaining to the piece. Students then plan and write a paragraph the explains the major conflict in their own story and how it will be solved.
Demonstrate how to track the elements of plot in a story. After watching you mark down the rising action, problem, climax, falling action, and resolution for Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth, pupils complete a graphic organizer for Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson. For independent practice, allow class members to choose a grade-level book to chart. An example of the filled-out graphic organizer is included. View it by registering with the site.
Eighth graders recognize the importance and function of figurative language. Students review the terms metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration and personification. They recognize them in text, use them in their writing and explain their importance for establishing the author's tone, shaping the plot and appealing to the senses.
Students create a literature pyramid. They review and discuss their assessment task and rubric and select the literature for their pyramid. They read the literary selection and complete a pyramid sheet for one of the four literary elements including plot, character, setting, or theme. They conference with the teacher to explain the rationale for their pyramid entries.
Seventh graders read and spell Greek forms and listen to a lecture about external conflict, internal conflict, foreshadowing, and suspense. They read words containing Greek forms and divide the words into syllables, and define key vocabulary words on a "Plot and Conflict" worksheet.