Beginning, Middle, End Story Sequencing

K - 1st

Students read and become familiar with the story Where the Wild Things Are."  For this literacy technology lesson, students work in three groups. Each group works on retelling part of the story.  Then they use graphic organizer software to order the story.

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Computer Skills
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Project-Based Learning
Ed Software
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
Leslie Landry

Applying Ahimsa to Traditional Stories

Investigate the life of Mahatma Gandhi by researching non-violent lifestyles. Learners define the word ahimsa and discuss the personal characteristics that made Gandhi a peaceful warrior. They also create a poster about the story "The Little Red Hen" as an example of a story with a moral. This is a multi-grade lesson because it can be adapted to so many different stories and examples. Character analysis and comparisons between texts are made.

The Story Volcano

Young scholars analyze parts of a story through the sequence of actions. In this story elements activity, students work in groups to read a story about a volcano and complete a worksheet on the elements within the story. Young scholars then create second scenes that builds cumulatively through the story elements. Students present their scenes to the class.

Changing the End of a Story

Second graders re-write a story. For this alternate endings lesson, 2nd graders read Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, by Leo Lionni, stopping to discuss the events and predict what will happen next. Students work in groups to come up with a different ending to the story and then share their endings with the class.

Pivotal Images: Beginning, Middle, End

Students explore artistic techniques by analyzing numerous images. In this visual arts lesson, students discuss storytelling through visuals and identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. Students create their own visual stories by drawing three cohesive images in a specific order.

Comprehension Skills: Picture, Question and Summarize Using Fiction Stories

Students build a variety of comprehension skills through the nine lessons of this unit. Picturing events, monitoring understanding during reading, forming questions, and summarizing stories form the core of the lessons being taught in this unit.

Tricker Tales

Elementary schoolers respond to traditional and modern literature by writing, illustrating, and publishing their very own folk tales. After listening to a variety of folk tales, learners must choose an animal from one of the stories and create their very own folk tale using that animal as the main character. With the help of the teacher and other parents, the stories are illustrated, final copies are drafted, and the folk tales are word processed and put into a class book. 

Making a Magical Story

Fourth and fifth graders use their knowledge of developing character, dialogue, and setting to produce an original story. An excerpt from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is used as inspiration to get everyone's creative juices flowing. A terrific worksheet is embedded in the plan (as is the excerpt from the story). These aids will help pupils organize their thinking and develop their stories. The classic five-step process is used to write these stories; character, setting, plot, help, conclusion. A terrific writing lesson plan!

The Beginning, The Middle, & The End

Cut magazine pictures into three sections, having your youngsters piece the pictures back together. With this fun activity, they discover the importance of sequencing a story. Then they use a fun template (shaped like a burger) to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end.

Story Telling

High schoolers practice story telling. In this story telling lesson, students work in groups to read a fable and divide it into a beginning, middle, and end. Each member takes a section and practices retelling it with vocals, gestures, and movements. 

When A Story Met A Sandwich

How is a story like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Use making a sandwich as a metaphor to remind your writers that a good, solid beginning, a rich and rewarding middle, and an ending that brings everything together spices up a story. You gather the bread, peanut butter, and jelly. Although this plan calls for the instructor to build the sandwich, you might ask a class member to construct as you narrate and draw the parallels. 

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