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A creative spin occurs when one pupil acts as author Ann M. Martin. Using a Q & A at the back of her book A Dog's Life, other classmates ask the "author" questions. They discuss the reasons why they know the book is from a first-person perspective. Next, individuals write a tale told from an animal's point of view. They then create a computer-generated story using what they've written.
How better to get your writers painting a picture with words than to actually have them paint a picture? Well, drawing works just fine in this case, but the idea here is to get budding authors illustrating settings from their novel to give them a better visual of the story they are weaving. In a hilarious worksheet, they read an example of descriptive and non-descriptive writing. Then, scholars use spaces provided to illustrate multiple scenes from their stories. They draw nine altogether. What a fun activity!
Alliterative adjective nicknames generate stories inspired by Rosemary Wells' book Noisy Nora (also a thematic complement to any class with children who make a ruckus to get attention). Class members explore basic story elements -- characters, setting, conflict, sequence of events, and resolution -- in Noisy Nora, and employ them in original short stories based on adjectives they brainstorm about themselves. A beautifully integrated exercise, and fun!
Help your class identify story elements. They will discuss character, setting, problem, and solution after reading a story. A graphic organizer will help them to identify various elements with guided practice and independent practice opportunities. Story suggestions and tips are included for extending the lesson.
Explore how illustrations add to a story. Young learners will look at picture books to see how the pictures tell the story. They create illustrations to go with a chosen story, and then flip the activity so they have to write a story to go with illustrations from a picture book. This strategy can be used with literature or informational texts and is great for learners of all ages.
Youngsters count, classify, and estimate quantities using buttons after a read aloud of The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid. They discuss the difference between guessing and estimating. Based on an experiment, they predict the number of buttons a pair of students can hold. Each creates an individual button book to communicate results. Then the class constructs and analyzes a line plot. An integrated activity that adapts easily to a wide range of mastery levels.
This worksheet provides three bulleted facts about plot, and a graphic organizer with 5 blank sections in which to record beginning, middle, and end of story events. While the directions reference a specific story on which to base answers, the worksheet can be used with any story.
For homeschool or the classroom: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading schedule, plot flow chart, and character map relevant to any reading task. Resource is designated for The Great Gatsby, but these materials would work for any literary text. Links to the book, a WebQuest, and additional study guides.
Identify story elements such as: setting, sequences, character description, and orally practice responding to specific information. Kindergartners listen to a video story in order to create a character web. They can use software, like Kidspiration, to create the web of character traits. They will roll a story element cube and identify the story element that the cube lands on.