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Story Structure Slide Show
Analyzing the sequence of actions in dramatic stories leads to deeper comprehension of story structure. The class identifies the main actions in each section of a story and develops frozen tableau's for the identified actions of the story. Great for kinesthetic learners!
Story Structures Help Comprehension
Students examine story structure and determine how to ask questions to improve reading comprehension. They read an article and practice answering questions in a teacher lead lesson before completing the task independently. Next they make a story map of "The Secret of Silver Pond" in a whole group before making one of "Whooz-z-z Snooz-z-zing?" that is used as an assessment.
Young readers examine the elements of story structure that are included in all stories. They include these elements in their own written pieces. This phenomenally-designed plan has everything you need to easily implement it in your classroom. Some episodes from The Reading Rainbow series are utilized.
Just the Facts, Ma'am
Elementary learners identify the main elements of story structure and form questions to summarize their reading. They listen as the teacher reads a story and then write questions to determine (1) main characters, (2) setting, (3) problem, and (4) solution.
Do You Know Your Story Grammar?
Students are introduced to the concept of story structure as a way to aid in reading comprehension. They identify the main parts of the story as they read. Students create a story map of the main plot points of their reading.
We can Comprehend What we Read
Students examine the structure of stories in order to increase their reading comprehension. They look at the purpose of the beginning, the main characters, the goal or problem, and the resolution as the story structure. As they read two pieces of non-fiction, they answer questions in a class discussion. They make a story map of the second selection before completing one as an assessment.
Students explore story structure. They discuss questions they can ask themselves while silently reading. Students implement their story knowledge by making story maps. They read The Little Pink Rose and the Cloud and create a story map while reading. Students ask questions while reading.
Using Story Structure to Enhance Comprehension
In these story structure worksheets, students review story structure and learn how to use story maps to help with their reading comprehension. Students review an example story map and then study three different graphic organizer versions for story mapping.
Narrative Structure: Les Miserables
What is the initiating event? What is the protagonist's goal? What attempts are made to achieve this goal? What is the outcome? Model for your class how to map out the structure of any narrative. Readers then search for answers as the progress through a story. Although designed for use with Les Miserables, the approach could be used with any text. A worksheet is included.
Hanging Out with Stories
Help your class listen and respond to a fictional story by creating a story structure mobile illustrating the main characters, setting, plot, problem, story events, and solution. Using a coat hanger, they will create an artistic element for each of the story elements for a fictional story.
Young scholars are shown the main elements of a story. They create their own story by using all of those elements.
"Old Southwest" Humorists and George Washington Harris
Learners discover the work of George Washington Harris and his influence on American humor. In this George Washington Harris lesson, discuss cultural differences in the United States and read Sut Lovongwood stories by George Washington Harris. Students discuss the way the structure of the story influences the perception of the characters.
Students practice their reading comprehension by reading a story in their class. In this story map lesson plan, students read the Marc Brown book Arthur's Tooth and discuss the story, characters and setting. Students create a story map based on their analysis and understanding of the book.
Eighth graders reveal their knowledge of story structure, think about vocabulary, look for relationships, identify theme and make predictions. This lesson is designed for students with diverse abilities. It provides small-group activities that can be modified to accommodate the needs of students.
Students participate in various shared reading and writing activities related to the book "Gorilla" by Anthony Brown. They identify the main story elements and write them on a story structure chart, compare the book with the book "Not Now Bernard," develop a list of adjectives, and write the beginning and middle of a fantasy story.
Fiction and Poetry
Second graders discuss familiar story themes and link them to their own personal experiences. They then use story structure to write about their own experience using similar format using time and sequential language as well as correct grammar conventions.
My Special Reading Notebook
Pupils identify the many different parts of reading a written piece of text. These parts of reading include story grammar, summarization, story structure, and vocabulary. Learners also discover that when they read, it is important that they understand what it is that they are reading. Finally, they address all of the mentioned aspects of reading written text to help improve their comprehension.
Fiction and Poetry
Learners explore fictional text and poetry. They explore the story structures used in the types of texts and examine the language patterns used. Students practice tracking text in the correct manner.
Students are introduced to authors and discover they are real people. Using the author's stories, they are incouraged to write their own stories using technology. Using the internet, they research facts, ideas and stories and develop a way to share their story in an interesting way.
Students explore storytelling by participating in an image analysis activity. For this story structure lesson, students read the book Cookie's Week by Tomie dePaola and retell the story to their teacher in sequential order. Students illustrate the actions of the story before they are assessed with a retelling rubric.