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Identifying Story Elements
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.
K - 1st English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Interpreting Characters, Setting, Plot, and Theme - The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster
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.
6th - 9th English Language Arts
Technology for the Likes of Shakespeare and Poe
Grab a digital camera and your favorite story from Shakespeare or Poe. With those tools, your class will write an autobiographical story including sensory details, authors feelings, point of view, and dialogue. Learners will read, draft, and film original narrative stories to practice using creative thinking and the seven elements of story telling.
3rd - 5th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Adaptable
Story Elements with Mrs. Wishy Washy
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.
K - 1st English Language Arts
Write On! - Story Elements Details
Identify story elements with your middle schoolers! Choose any story to pair with this activity. Readers will identify the setting, main characters, plot, exposition, and conflict, but best of all, they'll explain how they know each of these story elements.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Knights of the Round Table adapted by Gwen Ross
Everyone loves the tales involving King Arthur and his knights. After reading Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross, learners draw inferences and conclusions, analyze story elements, and discuss figurative language, including hyperbole and metaphor.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
A Tale to Tell!
A creative spin occurs when one pupil acts as author Ann M. Martin. Using a Q & A at the back of her book A Dog's Life, other classmates ask the "author" questions. They discuss the reasons why they know the book is from a first-person perspective.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Magic Seed
What makes this lesson rich is its focus on having pupils use critical-thinking skills to compare a variety of fairy tales. They use "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Magic Seed," and different versions of Cinderella to identify the elements that change and stay the same.
2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Composing and Illustrating Homeric Similes
If you're beginning The Odyssey and would like to address figurative language and basic story elements, this resource could be useful. Over the course of two days, class members identify the main events, explore characters, identify figurative language, create their own similes, and write and illustrate a children's book version of a section of the poem.
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Around the Room Short Story
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.
4th - 7th English Language Arts
Story Elements that Support the Theme
Three great graphic organizers guide readers to see how the elements of plot and main idea can be charted to reveal the theme of a story. Model the process on the provided Direct Teaching Teacher Graphic Organizer using Aesop’s The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Folklore for Primary Students
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.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
Students identify the elements of a story. For this reading and writing lesson, pupils read the book, Tyrone the Horrible by Hans Wihelm and then identify the characters, setting, and plot of the story.This lesson includes adaptations and enrichment activities, a worksheet, and a rubric.
1st - 2nd English Language Arts
Fill-out a story map to help your scholars with pre-writing. They will use a story map template to pre-write. They also organize their ideas into steps which become the foundation for their first draft. Concrete objects are brought in to help with the activity.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
Noisy Nora, Studious Students: Story Elements
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.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts