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Themes in Literature - Langston Hughes "Thank You Ma'm"
Eighth graders study Langston Hughes, "Thank You Ma'am" to discover the elements of plot, character motives and reactions. They express the effects of trust and kindness by writing a reflective personal narrative. They illustrate the themes.
Left to Their Own (Literary) Devices
Students write scenes for stories using their own original characters. However, they write using the literary and plot devices found in the Lemony Snicket book series.
Setting the Tone with Figurative Language
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.
Elements of a Novel and Narrative Writing
Tenth graders demonstrate their understanding of literary elements such as plot, characterization, setting, point of view, conflicts, mood, tone and imagery by writing a narrative that includes a character from the novel set in each student's favorite place.
Building a Literature Pyramid
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.
A Creative Way to Comprehend the Elements of a Short Story
Introduce your secondary readers to the elements and characteristics of short stories. As a class, they read a short story answering questions as the story continues. In groups, they complete post-reading activities and compare their own short stories. Though this resource is heavily scripted, it is missing a clear overall objective and clarity. Questions and short story terminology definitions are included.
Building Fiction: Elements of a Short Story
Young scholars define and interpret the elements found in a short story. Then they identify the elements of plot found in a short story. Students also apply knowledge of plot to an original work of fiction. Finally, they identify the elements found in a movie, television show, or short story that they read or watched during the next few days and write a brief synopsis of the story.
Listen to the Sounds of Poetry
Twelfth graders examine the elements of poetry and music. In this creative writing lesson, 12th graders discuss the features of poetry and music lyrics. Students identify popular music and dissect their contents in literary terms. Students critique their favorite music using literary analysis.
Young scholars read and write a short story. In this short story lesson plan, students read a short story and answer comprehension questions on it that teaches them about the world around them. Then they write a short story to teach something to someone else.
Lessons From Childhood: Time Flies: Lesson 3 Is Number 3 Of 15 In Unit Plan
After reading a series of children’s book with positive themes/morals, groups work together to identify the various plot elements. Then young writers try their hand at crafting a tale with a positive theme. A list of suggested picture books to use as models is included.
High schoolers personify ecology vocabulary and write a one-act play using their knowledge of ecology as the basis for characters, conflict, setting and plot.
Reading The Great Kapok Tree
Students complete story frames to demonstrate understanding of plot development and conflict resolution.
Fourth graders discuss main concept, supporting details, plot, setting, major events, problems, conflicts, and resolution in two short stories. They apply these terms to a movie of their choice. They compare analysis of movies to literature.
Making the Movie Antigone
Learners create a movie prospectus for Antigone being faithful to the major themes and conflict. They include the plot, setting, characters, and conflict while making them relevant to contemporary audiences.
Information Problem Solving--Lesson 3 of 5
Students examine a selected story/book and practice identifying the setting, characterization, and plot. As a class, they identify problems in the story, turning points and the climax. They use a rubric to evaluate the story, as well.
The Play's the Thing
Pupils study the life and works of William Shakespeare. They investigate the art of playwriting and write a play of their own.
Powerful Book Reports
Fifth graders present book reports in the form of a computer slideshow presentation. They read a book of their choice, identify the setting, character traits, conflict, plot, resolution, and favorite parts, and create a PowerPoint presentation to present this information.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Building Knowledge
Learners read the novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee and create models and pictures based on its descriptions to illustrate the effect of setting on plot and characters.
The Rookie Project
Pupils write a movie review of the movie, "The Rookie" or other similar movie, stating their own opinion of the movie, recognizing the plot, characters, and main ideas. They then write a short story on a topic using dialogue and creating a fictional story based on their own lives.
Third graders examine a variety of information about eggs. They complete a class KWL chart, and read "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Eggs Are Hatching" by Monica Incisa and discuss the fictional and non-fictional aspects of each book. In small groups they identify other books as fiction or nonfiction, and identify the characters, setting, and plot.