Young scholars write a rap song to tell the who, what, and where of a story. In this literature lesson, students learn to identify theĀ setting, characters, and plot of a story. Young scholars watch a video and discuss story elements. Then students work in groups to write a rap about these elements of a story.
Third graders identify story elements. In this story elements lesson, 3rd graders look at main idea, characters, point of view, theme and setting. They create a five paneled comic strip from a book.
Students define fictional story elements. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read Jack and the Beanstalk and view an included SMARTboard lesson. Students use the SMARTboard to match the story element terms with the specific example from the story.
Second graders explore story elements. In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders identifying characters, setting, and plot in familiar stories. Students listen to a story and complete a graphic organizer.
Complete a story map about Mrs. Wishy Washy. Your class will read books from the Mrs. Wishy Washy series and pick out the story elements in order to complete their story map. Technology projection devices are recommended. They will discover the elements of a story: character, setting, plot, author, illustrations, etc... while going through a series of lessons.
There are some fun and interesting ways to make sure that students understand story elements.

Story Elements

2nd - 3rd
In this graphic organizer worksheet, students complete this worksheet to help them understand story elements in a piece of literature.
Second graders identify fictional story elements in a Jan Brett book. In this reading comprehension lesson, 2nd graders read the book The Mitten by Jan Brett and fill the story elements on an included graphic organizer.
Lesson ideas to teach students how to analyze story elements through visual representation.

Piece-by-Piece

4th - 6th
Learners study story elements including character, setting, plot, and solution. They listen to stories and complete a story web worksheet. Then they compare and contrast the stories using a Venn diagram.
Read the story Big Al, by Andrew Clements as a class and identify story elements. They will collaborate in groups to read the stroy and complete a story element map. They write sentences describing Big Al by using word processing software.
First graders read a number of books by a specified author identifying and comparing story elements. They complete activities associated with a different author's books each week. They follow recipes, make slideshows, make graphs, and study the authors using bookmarked Internet sites.
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.

Picture This!

3rd - 5th
Students explore and generate story elements for wordless picture books. In this collaborative writing lesson, students review wordless picture books and write a story based on the illustrations. Students use post-it notes to organize ideas.
Pupils identify and describe the elements of a story. They discuss short story elements by viewing a website, write group short stories, complete the Elements of a Story slideshow template, and present their slideshow to the class.
Students read the book Esperanza Rising. They create a virtual display by combining different story elements. Students choose the setting and characters of a scene to act as the springboard for ideas for student written stories.
Second graders compare the story elements of a fairy tale with those from a fractured fairy tale. They use a portable keyboard called "The Writer" to locate words that have the same meaning "Synonym".
Collective story writing is a great way to reinforce the concept of story elements and collaborative learning. Young writers discuss story elements such as, setting, character, action, climax, conclusion, foreshadowing, dialogue, and theme. They then use those elements to work as a class and compose an original narrative.
Students discuss story elements including characters, setting, problem and solution. They listen to the story, Winter Fun, and identify the story elements. Then they draw pictures and write one sentence for each story element.
Fourth graders read an appropriate age/reading level story. They focus on the story element of plot, setting, problem, solution, point of view, imagery and theme. They design a slideshow using a template which demonstrates their understanding of the elements.