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In this plot diagram worksheet, students add details to the graphic organizer that requires them to identify  rising action, conflict, exposition, climax, falling action, resolution, and themes of literature they are reading in class.
Plot, setting, characters, and conflict are common to both drama and narrative stories. Kids create narrated tableaus that show their understanding of the plot, setting, and conflict of a story they've recently read. The lesson involves script writing, acting, and textual analysis.
Stories contain very specific elements; plot, characters, and key events. Learners use pantomime to retell a key event from the beginning, middle, and end of a story. They discuss setting and character as each group discusses and then performs a scene from the story. Tip: Have learners cite evidence from the story to substantiate their dramatic choices.
The tale of "Lon Po Po" is a Chinese story, very similar to the European tale of "Little Red Riding Hood." Learners make cross cultural comparisons between the two tales, focusing on themes common to both. They review story elements such as, plot, conflict, character development, action, and theme; then they create scenes from each story. They list major events and compare them culturally and in terms of the story elements used.
Roald Dahl's suspenseful story "The Landlady" is the focus of this superb resource for teaching foreshadowing. A captivating introduction to foreshadowing that includes looking for actual shadows will lasso your kinesthetic and visual learners. Readers take action on the second class reading of the text, hunting for clues about the outcome, which they know from the previous class session. A tidy reproducible t-chart for recording clues comes with a key.
Writers use the literary element of conflict to develop their theme. Use the conflict between the Johnny and the ScreeWees in Terry Pratchett’s Only You Can Save Mankind to model how a major theme is revealed. The conflict between the ScreeWees and Society provides an opportunity for guided practice. Class members then practice independently with the conflict between the Captain and the Gunnery Officer.
Why not turn your elementary class into novelists? They work through a series of writer's workshop activities to understand how to use description in their writing to establish plot and character. They also focus on peer evaluation and giving/receiving constructive criticism. Several worksheets are mentioned by not included.
In this plot outline graphic organizer, students identify the conflict and events in the rising action, then the climax and resolution of a story. The plot diagram reinforces the parts of the story as the students make their identifications.
In this coordinates worksheet, students plot sets of coordinates, connected them and creating letters. A reference web site is given for additional activities.
Use this Prezi to demonstrate how to put together a Prezi about The Cay by Theodore Taylor. This  Prezi, created by a student, is made up of six slides that include information about the characters, setting, and plot of the story. Require your class to create their own presentations and offer this as an attainable student model.
Third graders understand how to find the theme of a fable. In this theme activity, 3rd graders use graphic organizers to record the events of a fable. Students use that information to determine the activity of the story. Students do a guided practice then independent practice on assigned readings from Aesop's Fables.  
Students explore the concept of literature analysis.  In this literature analysis lesson, students discuss the story elements of a book.  Students also discover how to pair share and use each other as a resource. 
Students compare and contrast events of the play, <i>Julius Caesar</i> and historical facts. In this play reading lesson plan, students examine a Shakespearean play and respond to the play by holding a mock trial. 
Use photographs to trigger memories. Writers use a personal photograph as a starting point for an autobiographical writing exercise. They complete brainstorming activities that have them study their photograph before actually putting pen to paper. The brainstorming worksheets are included as PDF files. 
In this mathematical coordinates instructional activity, students plot the points on a grid with six different sets of coordinates and a ruler to make six separate shapes.
Investigate philosophical issues and opinions on human society while reading The Giver. This English literature activity prompts middle schoolers analyze the plot, climax, dialogue, and characters of The Giver by Lois Lowry.  They update a plot diagram which organizes the elements of the story.
Students discuss their favorite book. In this book discussion lesson, students name the title and tell what makes the book special. Students also review the setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Students make a book that tells all of their favorite books.
Sixth graders discuss what the theme and plot of their stories mean.  In this novel instructional activity, 6th graders discuss the differences of the theme and plot between two different novels, Tuck Everlasting and Annie and the Old One using a Venn Diagram. 
As part of an lesson involving literature or writing, have your learners watch and discuss this presentation on plot development. In a series of slides, viewers engage in an activity to explore dramatic structure, including plot development, setting, characters, and conflict.
Students interact, answer questions, and extend the story plot. They write a Haiku or basic poetry with their words, name characters, create a new ending for a story, and write a new story with one of the characters.