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This detailed resource on story elements addresses differences between novels and short stories, figurative language, and plot elements (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution). Class members participate in literature circles, write a plot analysis, and then peer edit and publish. While many of the teacher resources may not be accessible, the objective and outline is useful, as are the associated web sites.
Students write a rap song to tell the who, what, and where of a story. In this literature lesson, students learn to identify the setting, characters, and plot of a story. Students watch a video and discuss story elements. Then students work in groups to write a rap about these elements of a story.
Examine story development and historical disaster with your class. Learners view a video depicting the incidents surrounding The Triangle Shirtwaist Disaster. They use graphic organizers and the Internet to gather enough information to compose a narrative based on the incident. Story elements such as character, plot, setting, and theme are all discussed.
Help your class identify story elements. They will discuss character, setting, problem, and solution after reading a story. A graphic organizer will help them to identify various elements with guided practice and independent practice opportunities. Story suggestions and tips are included for extending the lesson plan.
Examine which syllable is accented in two and three syllable words by completing a worksheet with a partner. They review the process for writing complete answers to comprehension questions using proper paragraph structure. In their answers they describe the setting and the problem. In groups, they complete worksheets about story elements (not included).
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.
Alliterative adjective nicknames generate stories inspired by Rosemary Wells' book Noisy Nora (also a thematic complement to any class with children who make a ruckus to get attention). Class members explore basic story elements -- characters, setting, conflict, sequence of events, and resolution -- in Noisy Nora, and employ them in original short stories based on adjectives they brainstorm about themselves. A beautifully integrated exercise, and fun!