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Students discover the elements of a story (introduction, plot, climax, resolution, denouement). In groups of five, one student writes an introduction and passes it to the next person, who writes the plot and passes it to the next person, until an entire story has been created.
Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues to understand challenging vocabulary. The class uses the text to begin making a list of rules to improve their school community, as they work toward the long term goal of writing a school constitution. Consider having students create skits to act out the conflict resolution strategies from the article as an extension activity. This is a great resource for teaching how to read closely, and can very easily be adapted to any piece of writing.
While not everybody will end up married, everybody does need to know how to resolve conflict. Learners examine several real-life scenarios involving a married couple. They use problem-solving strategies to help the couple come to an amiable resolution. Thirteen activity options and a number of attachments are included.
Students analyze parts of a story through the sequence of actions. For this story elements lesson, students work in groups to read a story about a volcano and complete a worksheet on the elements within the story. Students then create second scenes that builds cumulatively through the story elements. Students present their scenes to the class.
Analyze conflict and plot in literature. To begin, review the terms conflict, plot, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution with the class. Working in groups and using TI-83 Plus (because the activity is designed for use with Texas Instruments calculators), learners read an assigned short story and analyze the plot. Each group's findings are discussed as a class. Calculators are not necessary to complete this useful lesson.
Bring your short story unit to a close with a video about finding the resolution. Sixth graders learn to connect the main conflict in a short story (featured in another video in the series about "Saved by a Seal") with the resolution and how the conflict is solved. An excellent addition to either your literature analysis unit or a narrative writing lesson.
After rereading parts of the Iroquois Constitution from previous lessons as well as articles on conflict resolution and bullying, fourth graders work in pairs to write sections of their school constitution. Using the provided writing frame, learners identify a problem they observe in school, create a rule to address the issue, and explain how the situation will be improved. This lesson meaningfully engages students in using their writing to make a positive impact on their school.
Considering a study of the Trail of Tears? Check out this resource before you begin. Class members use maps to chart the movement of the Cherokee from the 18th through the 19th centuries. They consult primary and secondary sources to develop an understanding of how these Native Americans were perceived by the early settlers and the clash of cultures that lead to the wars that took place. The exercise ends with a reading of the Joint Resolution of 1834 which led to the removal of all Cherokee from North Carolina. A powerful look at culture clash.
Fourth graders investigate conflict and social justice. In this conflict resolution lesson, 4th graders consider conflicts they have experienced and think about how they could have applied conflict resolution strategies to change the outcome. Students also read "The Maligned Wolf" and take part in a classroom skit regarding conflict resolution.
Learners investigate student psychology by reading assigned text about nonviolence. In this conflict resolution activity, students read nine specific steps they should take the next time they are in an argument with someone. Learners discuss their own history of conflicts with the class.
Students develop conflict mediation and resolution skills by applying the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King. In this conflict resolution lesson, students watch a video about Dr. King and review quotes from him. Students discuss how his approach to conflict resolution can be applied in their own lives.
Students complete conflict resolution skills training as a part of creating a caring school community. In this conflict resolution lesson, students work with a group of peer student leaders to resolve conflicts. Students visit freshman classrooms to help them transition into high school. Students participate in interactive skits and serious discussion.
Your students already know when they like a story and when they don't, but they may not know that the plots of these stories are shaping that opinion. Like all resources in this series, the two activities and quizzes provided here deal with one specific standard from the Common Core: RL.9-10.5. Your class will learn the basic parts of plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement) as well as some more advanced terms such as in medias res and MacGuffin. Activate your pupils' knowledge by introducing these terms and brainstorming examples from well-known movies and books together before they take the multiple-choice quizzes where they have to identify these terms from various examples.