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Writing an Opening
Third graders retell the main points of a story in sequence and compare different stories to evaluate them and justify their preferences. They refer to significant aspects of the text and distinguish between first and third person accounts. They use the plot sequence as a plan for writing openings to stories or chapters arising from the reading.
"Soil Hide and Seek"
Students comprehend the basics of soil testing. They relate the use of grids and plotting to soil samples. Students comprehend how contaminants flow through soil. They discuss factors such as: slope of the pan, time, and the amount of water effects the flow of the contaminate.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Young scholars examine illustrations of Mark Twain's portrayal of Jim in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and create their own illustrations. In this Mark Twain illustrations instructional activity, students view illustrations of Huckleberry Finn and then create their own interpretation of plot points from the novel. Young scholars select two quotes and two literary concepts from their notes to transcribe onto the poster.
Use drama to study and practice dialogue. Creative minds discuss what dialogue tells about a character, and how it can be used to advance the plot. They read a play, think about what they gleaned from dialogue, and record their observations in response logs. A nice way to connect the elements of literature and drama.
A Turkey for Thanksgiving--Lesson 1
Students identify story elements in a book about Thanksgiving. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read the book A Turkey for Thanksgiving and identify the plot, setting and characters in the story. Students create a tally chart to show their favorite holidays as well.
John James Audubon
Who is John James Audubon? Learn about the wildlife artist from France. This four-day lesson plan includes activities to conduct prior to, during, and after reading the text. Each day also includes a brief synopsis of the chapters covered that day. You will need Peter Anderson's John James Audubon-Wildlife Artist to complete this plan.
I'm Thinking Of A Story
In this literature lesson, students listen to folk tales and then discuss the main ideas and plot of the story. Additionally, students guess what story is being talked about when their teacher describes the main idea and plot. Good listening skills are being taught in this engaging lesson.
Lesson 9- Billy Wilder: Film Noir Inventor and Genius
Students study what influenced and inspired Billy Wilder while determining the plot, characters, and historical context of the film Double Indemnity. They investigate the stereotypes of Film Noir and how it shows the media messages of the post World War II era.
Writing with a Plan
Fourth graders use a writing plan to develop an organized narrative or expository writing. This lesson requires a variety of writing plans, in the form of graphic organizers.The use of the organizers is ideal for brainstorming prior to starting the project.
Telling Stories Through Creative Drama
Students examine fairy tales. As an introductory activity, students play the statue game. In groups, they write statements that tell the plot of the story. Using props, and without voices, students retell the story by creating "pictures" with their bodies.
I'm Thinking of a Story
Students begin to identify and summarize the main ideas and plot of a story. They are told that they are going to play a guessing game. The teacher says; "I'm thinking of a story, and you can try to guess what it is after I've told you the beginning, middle, and end. If you know before I have finished, hold your hand up and listen to the rest of the description to make sure you have guessed the correct story.
Eighth graders create a visual story without using words. A study of the history and process of clay animation is explored and discussed. Students storyboard a plot of a story and students divide up into groups designing characters and setting props. Students take turns photographing characters lab editing the claymation story.
What is the Pulgar?
Students participate in a Language Arts lesson that enables them to learn about visualization, prediction, and sequencing. They make predictions about text, use critical thinking and listening skills and visualization to improve reading comprehension. They sequence events in the story to help with summarizing and plot details
The Count of Monte Cristo: Quiz
In this The Count of Monte Cristo worksheet, students determine the answers to questions pertaining to plot and characterization of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.
Retelling Nursery Rhymes
Fourth graders explore language arts by reciting a famous nursery rhyme to their classroom. In this oral storytelling lesson, 4th graders read the story "The Three Little Pigs" and identify the characters, setting and story. Students utilize their communication skills to recite the story as well as they can remember it.
From Where Does Prejudice Come?
Students explore the concept of discrimination. In this social studies activity, students view pictures and write down the first thing that comes to their mind. Students discuss if stereotyping or prejudice affected their first impressions, then reflect on discrimination throughout history.
Show The Movie!
Fifth graders deliver story presentations that establish a setting with descriptive words, contain a plot and show, rather than tell, what happens. In this language arts lesson plan, 5th graders utilize sentences from the book, "Tuck Everlasting" as prompts for this project. An interesting take on creative writing.
Story Plot Terms
This literary terms handout defines introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement.
Review: Plot Elements
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.
Rising and Falling Actions
Rising and falling actions are big parts of how a plot moves through the course of a story, narrative, or novel. Youngsters use examples from their texts as they examine where the action rises and falls in the book, How My Parents Learned to Eat. Graphic organizers are used to aid throughout the process, both when the activity is completed as a class and individually.