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Historical fiction becomes a platform for exploring different perspectives. The class makes predictions based on illustrations, completes Venn diagrams to compare and contrast differing points of view, and to think about how characters change. The unit culminates with kids writing extra chapters from the point of view of the main character to extend the end of the stories. Other extension activities include using photography and music. Assessment ideas are listed.
Discuss the elements of a story with young readers. They will answer questions about a book the class listened to together and discuss characters, plot, and key details. If you have Kidspiration software, you can complete a chart about the different story elements. Modification: Another multimedia tool could replace Kidspiration software if needed.
Children's picture books are a great resource for identifying and modeling components of narrative writing. Your class uses descriptive language to illuminate and analyze characters. Similarly, they compare and contrast texts, plots, settings, themes and characters. This resource is packed with extension ideas.
Thorough and all-encompassing, this study guide summarizes an entire semester, or possibly a year, of language arts vocabulary words. Vocabulary from The Diary of Anne Frank, Night, Romeo and Juliet, and various short stories is listed for review, as well as the elements of drama, stories, and literature. Concepts for MLA format and grammar finish the activity. Use the study guide as a way to plan your semester, substituting any stories or concepts that you cover instead.
Study folklore and its various criteria with your class. Young readers write original folktales and create visual displays. Individuals present their works to the rest of the class and compare the features of their stories with the original work. Many different lessons and activities are included to introduce this genre to your learners.
Learners define and identify typical characteristics in a fairy tale using terms such as character, setting, illustrations, and plot. They familiarize themselves with different versions of fairy tales. Help your class recognize the traits that make fairy tales universal.
Read to write! The class lists sensory details based on the plot of a story they have recently read. They create a drawing of a bracelet and use the bracelet's jewels or charms to list sensory details included in the story. They then use transitional words and phrases to put the story in sequence. Links to all necessary materials are included.
Use drawings as inspiration. Have learners doodle for 10 minutes before beginning the activity. Then, have them use their doodles to inspire a story. Several writing activities are included here to play with writing. One of my favorites asks learners to write a story starter on a blank piece of paper, put the paper into a hat, and have each learner randomly draw one from the hat to start their story.
Put the focus on study skills as your class compares and contrasts two cultural stories and completes a variety of worksheets. They work on a cultural comparison chart, take a practice test on study skills, and use a dictionary to complete a reference worksheet. A great way to build reference skills!
Let's peer edit! Have your writers exchange their personal narratives with another learner! While peer editing, they will look for any missing information and identify strong details. They can practice literary analysis skills using a plot diagram, too. The graphic organizer for the plot diagram is included.