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The Cosby Show in the classroom? Use an episode from a 30-minute TV sitcom to introduce the concept of subplot. Young writers use a sub-plotting worksheet (not included) to record their observations about how the subplot is developed in the show. Writers use these observations to develop their own subplots. The concepts in this lesson can be used with any piece of narrative writing.
Connect to real-world experiences by having your primary learners create an award certificate based upon literal and inferential information from a story. They present the award to a character from a story and explain the criteria used. They include a title and decorate the award in a neat and attractive manner. They will need to connect to main ideas, plot, details, and comprehension of the text as they recall character traits. Increase awareness of integrity and virtues to be emulated.
Tenth graders use one short story to analyze conflict, irony and symbolism. They formulate a chart to show the differences between a character's actions, desires and choice of words. After the story is divided into scenes, 10th graders work in teams to role play for the whole class.
Eleventh graders analyze interactions between characters in a literary text to study the how the interactions affect the plot. They read a short story to study conflict, irony, and symbolism and create a chart depicting contradictions between the character's actions, desires, and words. Students then use the chart to write literary responses about the interactions, plot pacing, literary techniques, and tone.
Students comprehend that a variety of plants can be found in each habitat. They learn that biodiversity is an important characteristic of a habitat. Students investigate that a plant biodiversity study can be conducted in familiar areas by using a line transect or a plot study.
Students read passages from several sources and evaluate the text for various criteria. In this problem solving lesson, students evaluate character problem solving processes after reading passages. They will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast characters from different excerpts.
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts describing Charlotte's silken praise for Wilber, young readers can extend their vocabulary and context clue skills. The lesson includes a chart with quotes from the book, an adjective-guessing game, and a prompt for an original short story.
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they finish the activity, they read the first chapter of the book and research Olympian gods.