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Students examine two conflicting writings on solar eclipse that occurred on Black Monday and discuss them in the context of Shakespeare's King Lear. In this Shakespeare instructional activity, students discuss astrology and read the speeches made in Act 1 of King Lear. Students discuss their views and read about Black Monday. Students discuss whether the characters believed in astrology and predict what happens to both characters as the plot develops.
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.
Examine the conflicts in The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. The strategy outlined here, which could be used for a variety of texts, focuses on the type of conflict, who is involved, and what causes the conflict. Class members watch as the teacher demonstrates how to identify conflict, and then practice on their own. They are asked to differentiate between types of conflict and explain each situation. Materials are included. The site requests that you make a free account to view them full size.
November is National Novel Writing Month, so if your young authors are embarking on this journey, be sure they understand plot elements. This collaborative lesson plan fits into the context of the larger NaNoWriMo project; however, the ideas here are useful for any narrative writing unit. Kids watch CSI (or any familiar show) to review plot structure elements. They describe climax, falling action, and resolution, observing examples from a familiar novel. Partners work on plotlines for their own stories. The worksheet isn't included, but can be found online.
Fourth graders read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow aloud, make predictions, compare characters, discuss plot and setting, and rewrite the ending to the story.
Students edit and improve their short stories by examining character description, dialogue, and plot elements. In peer editing groups they correct gramatical and spelling errors. they read aloud their new story drafts.
Students investigate the characteristics of fairy tales; the characters, settings, and plot. They create individual fairy tales which they perform using stick puppets. They write a friendly letter to a fairy tale character about impending danger.
Fourth graders work in three centers and a teacher directed center to participate in various activities. They encounter how words bring characteristics to life. Students show how those words can also improve the plot of the story.
Learners discuss the study guide to see if they examine the directions and how to write their outline before they start writing their humorous story. They make an outline of their setting, characters, and plot. They then write a rough draft, edit and revise it, and then subject their final copy.
Students identify how the literary elements of theme, point of view, characterization, setting, and plot illustrate the effects of a certain disease on a community. They identify the aspects of the book that are specific to the community/culture in its plot or setting. Students read with comprehension the book of their choice.
Students study drama and plays. They study the job of a playwright and discuss plot and conflict in a play script. Together, as a class, they access an online resource site to find information about playwrights and then decide upon and post a question on the site that they wonder about writing plays.
Students are divided into small groups, read a section from an assigned book, and draw a picture of what they read. They list the main characters, theme, setting, and plot of the book. They share their information/drawings with the rest of the class.
Fifth graders define personification. They give examples following this lesson. Students identify elements of fiction and nonfiction and support by referencing the text to determine the plot development, author's choice of words and use of figurative language (personification, flashback) and tone.
Add another characteristic to your class characteristics of fairy tales chart. First they discuss the concept of problems or conflicts found in most fairy tale plots then they practice identifying conflict as they read. They read the story Rumplestiltskin, determine what the main character's problem is, and how the problem can be solved. The lesson plan includes a unit example chart and an independent practice worksheet which students work on after the lesson plan.
Students explore the plot of mystery books. In this genre study instructional activity, 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 instructional activity.
In this plot diagram graphic organizer worksheet, students plot the opening, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of a piece of literature.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students explore plot as they read a selection, based on a story by H.G. Wells and use the provided graphic organizer to analyze the plot of the piece.
Some stories are just a little too short. Explore expanding plot with your learners. They use sentence strips to create a story, then they work in groups to complete a story of their own, which they will revise and edit together.
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 plot worksheet, students read a short story about a fox and a thief. Students fill out a chart that identifies the story problem and solution. Students plan a folktale that they will write.