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There are some fun and interesting ways to make sure that students understand story elements.
Lesson ideas to teach students how to analyze story elements through visual representation.
Learners 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. Learners watch a video and discuss story elements. Then students work in groups to write a rap about these elements of a story.
Young scholars pretend to be statues to show story characters and setting. For this story character and setting lesson, students act as statues that depict the characters and setting in the story they are listening to. They create a tableaux of the story elements which include the introduction, problem, and solution.
Second graders identify the events in a story using story elements. In this story elements lesson, 2nd graders review the story elements and read Dav Pilkey's book, Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis. Students practice retelling the story with a partner and organize the story elements into an included graphic organizer.
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!
Third graders identify story elements. In this story elements instructional activity, 3rd graders look at main idea, characters, point of view, theme and setting. They create a five paneled comic strip from a book.
Second graders see how to identify and describe character, setting, and plot in various stories from picture books and story videos. They use picture books and story videos to practice identifying and describing the story elements.
Young scholars define fictional story elements. In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students read Jack and the Beanstalk and view an included SMARTboard instructional activity. Young scholars 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.
Second graders identify and describe character, setting, and plot in various stories from picture books and story videos. A Power Point presentation will be used to introduce story elements. Students use picture books and story videos to practice identifying and describing the story elements.
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Students engage in a lesson that investigates the elements that are necessary in a short story. Each element is covered separately while they take notes for each part. Then the teacher points out each element while reading a short story to the class.
Learners create a rap using story details. In this creative writing lesson, students examine the use of rap lyrics to list important details of stories. They view a video example, and use their notes to create their own raps based on various elements of a story: character, plot details, ending.
Students, after reading the book, "Esperanza Rising," create a virtual display by combining different story elements into a visual representation. They choose the setting and characters of a scene that will act as a springboard of ideas for a student-written story.
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.
Young scholars 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.
Learners are able to prioritize story elements using graphic organizers. They are able to evaluate character, setting and sequence in a non-print source. Students use visual and audio clues to help them evaluate the parts of a story.
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.