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Students are able to recall details in a story such as characters, plot, and setting. They are able to create a verbal story about a toy of his/her choice. Students are able to work cooperatively with a partner to create a story.
Second graders, as a continuation in a fairy tale unit, combine setting, plot, characters and descriptive words in a "Cinderella"-type story. They are given a worksheet with a story missing words. Using their imaginations and what they have learned so far, 2nd graders enter their own words into the worksheet to create their story. Once completed, they add their own illustrations to the story.
Fifth graders read the book Frindle and create a comic strip. In this creative writing project students make their own comic strip. Students retell the plot and incorporate character traits in their comic strip.
Students explore plot, character and setting. In this story elements lesson, students determine the story elements of their favorite book. Students use the book King Bidgood in the Bathtub for the class lesson and create a mask that goes along with the story.
Before class members delve into writing their own fictional stories, offer this noteworthy presentation about the elements of fiction. Students examine author's purpose, setting, characters, plot, point of view, symbolism, style, theme, and mood. Tip: This is a great PowerPoint to use as a lecture guide.
So much fun! After reading and summarizing each chapter of the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, pupils will create a Photostory. The class is divided into six groups, each responsible for summarizing, story boarding, and creating a Photostory about one chapter in the book. The group will take pictures of each other as characters from the book, upload them in sequential order, then add narration and music. Each chapter summary will be shown to the class.
They always say to write what you know. This approach is used to get middle schoolers prepared to write novels of their own. Using a favorite book as a model, potential novelists respond to prompts that ask about characters, plot, main conflict, setting, point of view, and style. This engaging and well-constructed activity sets the stage for a much longer writing process that is sure to end with wonderfully written narratives.
What will happen next? Leave readers at a cliffhanger as they practice prediction strategies while listening to a story. Pupils start by making guesses based on the book's cover and title, discussing the techniques they use to make these predictions. After listening to the first part of the story, they make another prediction about how it will resolve. Consider leaving them at the precipice of conflict to get a more engaged reaction. Learners finish the plot to see if their predictions were accurate. One of the extension ideas here sounds really fun: have scholars write their own ending before revealing it!
Visualize a plot rollercoaster using this graphic organizer for budding authors. Don't think you're getting the typical five-part plot structure here, though; there are nine spaces for writers to fill in plot elements, assuring they have a solid beginning, middle, and end to their novels. November is National Novel Writing Month, so if your class is embarking on this journey be sure to find the rest of this unit online!
In this factoring application learning exercise, 9th graders solve 10 different problem related to various factoring applications. First, they determine the length of a room given the area of a rectangle and square footage. Then, students determine the area of a rectangular plot given its width. In addition, they determine the length of a room with a given width for carpet area.
In this plot activity, students read the story and think about the problem the main character has to solve. Students use the plot chart to help them define the problem and solution. Students then make up their own adventure and write a plot outline on a separate sheet of paper.
Students read Hansel and Gretel, and discuss the conflict in the story, while determining who the protagonist and the antagonist are.  In this fiction instructional activity, students chart the conflict in the story they have just read. 
Where the Red Fern Grows provides the text for a study of the literary elements of plot, character, and setting. Discussion questions and vocabulary lists are referenced but not included.
Adventure into the world of authors! As part of a larger writing unit, this lesson falls on that exhilarating first day the pen hits the paper. But how to begin? Learners share concerns and excitement. They explore the purpose of first sentences and examine several examples on a worksheet (not included, buy it is easily found online). Are they funny? Sad? Mysterious? They complete some fragmented first-sentences, and then consider what type of novel they are writing. Use the remaining time to get your young authors writing their own first sentences!
Students explain how individual elements (e.g., plot, theme, character, conflict, etc.) comprise the structure of a play. They write an original one-act play with developed characters, specific setting, conflict, and resolution.
Students read an "All Day Nightmare" by R.L. Stine. They use the interactive book to choose the plot at the end of each chapter. They also complete an open-ended story.
Third graders read the story "Sam and the Lucky Money". Individually, they identify new key terms from the story. In groups, they examine the setting and discuss how it relates to the plots and characters. To end the lesson, they read the story outloud to the class.
Students determine how the themes expressed in Macbeth are also applicable to contemporary society. They complete a series of written assignments demonstrating their comprehension of theme, content, and interpretation of the play. Students also create parody scripts based on scenes from the play.
Students discover the parts of a story through the retelling of a fable as well as characters, plot, and setting. This lesson plan is completed using the program Pixie to create an online storybook.
Ninth graders define basic elements in literature, discuss purpose of knowing elements, demonstrate use of listening and speaking skills by reading "Breaking Through" by Francisco Jimenez, and apply knowledge of elements by completing literary analysis.