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Developing the Beginning, Middle and End of a Story

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders develop writing skills. In this beginning, middle and end of a story lesson, 3rd graders understand how the sequence of events develops the story. Students work in small groups and act out parts of a story they write....
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Story Structure Slide Show

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
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...
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Six Traits of Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Middle schoolers identify writing techniques in example stories with this story structure lesson. After reading the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, they find the differences between it and the original version....
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The Cat in the Hat

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders listen to a read-aloud of Dr. Seuss', The Cat in the Hat. They use drawing software to illustrate the beginning, middle, and end of the story. They then print out their illustrations before placing them in sequential order.
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Under Construction

For Teachers K - 3rd
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...
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Story Structures Help Comprehension

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
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...
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When I Was Puerto Rican: Story Structure Analysis

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If you're working on a unit about When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago, use these notes to guide your instruction. It lists the key characters, prominent literary themes, chain of events in the plot, and other elements from the...
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Analyzing Story Structure

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore language arts by completing a graphic organizer in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the poem "Sick" by Shel Silverstein and discuss the different elements in the piece which make it an effective poem....
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Just the Facts, Ma'am

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
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)...
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Reading Made Easy with Mindwing Concepts

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
While this resource is actually attempting to sell a product, the foundational ideas may be worth looking into. Using Braidy the StoryBraid doll, learners will gain a better understanding of beginning, middle, and end, as well as story...
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Story Structure: Sequence of Events

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young writers explore sequence of events in this guided practice activity. Based on a reading of "My Trip to Lyme Park," they discuss sequence words and develop the story of a trip to the park using first, then, and next.
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Beginning, Middle, or End?

For Students 2nd - 4th
Here's a worksheet to help students become familiar with where to find words in a dictionary. Students whether the each of the 15 flower related words would be found at the beginning, middle or end of the dictionary.  
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Writing a Narrative Movie Script with the Use of a Viewfinder

For Teachers 5th - 9th
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts lesson. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their...
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An Onomatopoetic Field Trip

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Using Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root as a model, guide your primary readers through the writing process (with an emphasis on story structure) to craft an imaginary field trip story rich in onomatopoeia. Links to student models,...
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New Ways

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Help your learners analyze story structure in chapters 1-6 of Dawn McMillan's book New Ways. Take a look at the cover, talk about new terms, and discuss the plot together. The second day continues with more questions and vocabulary. This...
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Ramona Quimby Age 8

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Explore story structure by reading a classic children's book. In this character study lesson plan, youngsters read the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and discuss themes, settings and characters in the book. They answer study questions and...
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Write a Story

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Here is a great way to explore narrative writing! Learners review a previously constructed story map and identify the characters, setting, and main events in the book Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric A. Kimmel. They...
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Writing a Story (Beginning, Middle, End)

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners will write a creative story to show their ability to sequence. They watch the instructor model how to write a story using a beginning, middle, and end. Then they write their own creative story and use an editor's checklist. An...
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Beginning, Middle, and End

For Teachers K - 1st
Students examine the beginning, middle, and end of a familiar story. In this literacy lesson, students listen to a song while identifying the beginning, middle, and end. They listen to Maurice Sendek's, Where the Wild Things Are, while...
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Comprehension - Narrative Text Structure

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Give sequencing lesson plans a boost with the use of three graphic organizers that focus on a narrative's beginning, middle, and end. Scholars apply their knowledge of text structure with the help of a one pager, foldable, or a comic...
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Beginning Middle And End

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this Language Arts worksheet, students read a story. Students write the title and describe the story's beginning, middle, and end.
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Beginning, Middle, and End: Prefix, Suffix, and Root Words

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Explore word parts with this packet of materials. Prefixes, suffixes, and root words are each examined separately with reference materials and exercises.
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Beginning-Middle-End Chart

For Students 3rd - 6th
Track the plot of a book with a straightforward chart. Pupils write in the title of the book and then note down what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
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Raising Dragons

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate literature by analyzing a story in class. In this fantasy tale lesson, students read a storybook titled Raising Dragons and identify the main character, her conflict and the setting. Students write their own story by...
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Annie and the Wild Animals

For Teachers K - 2nd
Here is a reading comprehension lesson in which learners predict the story plot of Annie and the Wild Animals, by Jan Brett, after viewing the cover. They listen to the story, and answer story structure questions during and after the...
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Story Retelling

For Teachers K
Students explore storytelling by participating in an image analysis activity. In 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...
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Understanding Beginning, Middle, & End of a Story

For Teachers K
Students retell stories learning to recognize the beginning, middle, and end of each of the tales. Predicting the endings becomes part of this lesson plan.
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Autobiographical or Personal Narrative Writing Template

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Help your pupils structure personal narratives. The graphic organizer includes space to jot down a quick introduction, the experience, the significance of the experience, a brief beginning, middle, and end, and a concluding sentence or...
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Plot Rollercoaster

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Visualize a plot rollercoaster using this graphic organizer for budding authors. Don't think you're getting the typical five-part plot structure here, though; there are nine spaces for writers to fill in plot elements, assuring they have...
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Every Picture Tells a Story

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore story structure. In this literacy and story structure lesson plan, students listen to picture books and illustrate a favorite part of the story. Students share their pictures and place them in sequential order on a...
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Creating a Story that "Stacks" on Itself and Repeats a Catch Phrase

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore language arts by reading a classic children's story in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the Judith Viorst book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Students discuss the...
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The Lost Mother

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Young scholars research language arts by analyzing a children's story in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the book The Lost Mother and identify the main characters, their conflict and the resolution. Young scholars...
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Identifying Problems and Solutions in the Story

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Students explore story structure. In this Groundhog's Day story structure literacy lesson plan, students listen to the story Groundhog Stays Up Late by Margery Cuyler, then pause half way through the story to identify the problem and...
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Predicting a Solution to a Problem

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Students explore story structure. In this story structure literacy lesson, students listen to the story Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, stopping at points to identify a problem and predict possible solutions which are then written on...
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Retell the "Tail" of the Tale

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore story structure. For this multicultural literacy lesson, students discuss common elements of folk tales and then listen to the story Tiger and the Big Wind: A Tale from Africa. Students identify the problem and solution...
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Mensa for Kids: Storytelling

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore language arts by creating their own stories. In this story structure lesson, 2nd graders discuss the effective techniques used to share stories with others as well as what it takes to keep a story interesting....
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Story Summaries; The Three Little Pigs

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore language arts by completing a graphic organizer in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the classic tale "The Three Little Pigs" and discuss the main characters, conflict and setting. Young scholars...
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Peer Critique: Historical Accuracy of Ideas and Vocabulary

For Teachers 4th Standards
Promotes collaboration in the classroom with a historical fiction instructional activity. Fourth graders partner up and read the other's narrative, in order to give feedback on vocabulary choice and accuracy of historical information....
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Inseparable

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Built around a moving short film about second chances and tough choices, this lesson mixes grammar, prediction, and narrative writing. Pupils practice with adjectives and prefixes before moving on to the film. The resource directs you to...
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The "Write" Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Imaginative Writing

For Teachers 6th
A comprehensive and immersive series of lessons that examines various aspects of story development leads learners into writing a narrative of their own. Writers develop an understanding of the writing process as they use the learning...
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Use Transitional Words and Phrases to Craft a Sequence of Events in a Story

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Developing a clear sequence of events is essential for any narrative writer. The fourth lesson in this series helps learners write about the key events of The Story of Dr. Dolittle using transitional words and phrases. Pause the video to...
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Little Bit - BIG BIT - Little Bit

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
In this writing techniques lesson, elementary schoolers discover the reason for writing a beginning and an end to a story, This lesson is great for reinforcing the difference between the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
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We can Comprehend What we Read

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Young scholars 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...
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Do You Know Your Story Grammar?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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.
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Sequencing in Reading

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore language arts by analyzing a children's story in class. In this story structure instructional activity, 3rd graders read the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and write a brief summary. Students identify...
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Narrative Writing

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
If you're looking to start a unit based around narrative writing, make sure to consider this resource while you're planning. This book covers five topics: writing personal narratives, writing narratives about others, writing narratives...
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We’re a Family: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 3)

For Teachers K Standards
Teach your English language learners how to talk about their families with three weeks of lessons. Over the course of the thematic unit, learners pick up new vocabulary so that they can talk about families and relationships, clothing,...
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Beginning, Middle and Ending

For Teachers 1st
First graders experience the idea of beginning, middle, and end in a variety of situations including literary and musical. They identify the beginning, middle and end of Where the Wild Things Are
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The Conditioned

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the lovely story of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho with your class. Over the course of the lesson, pupils practice descriptive writing, write short narratives, collaborate in small groups, watch a powerful short film about Raimundo,...
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All in Fun

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story with their classmates. In this story structure lesson plan, students read the story All in Fun and identify the themes, elements, plot and characters. Learners define a list of...
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The Friendly Crocodile

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story with their classmates. In this story structure lesson, students read the story The Friendly Crocodile and discuss the themes, settings and characters in the story. Students...
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Lost in the Woods

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore reading comprehension by reading an animal story in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the story Lost in the Woods and analyze the canine characters and the arc of the story. Students complete a...
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Picked for the Team

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explore storytelling by analyzing a book in class. In this story structure lesson plan, students read the story Picked for the Team about a young girl trying out for a swim team. Students discuss the themes and characters before...
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A Home for Star and Patches

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore independent reading. For this fiction guided reading lesson, students share prior knowledge of horses and horseback riding, then read A Home for Star and Patches independently.Students discuss the story structure of the...
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The Gingerbread Story

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore storytelling by reading a classic book. In this story structure lesson plan, students read the story The Gingerbread Man and identify the characters, settings and plot. Students answer reading comprehension questions...
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Owen by Kevin Henkes

For Teachers K
Students explore language arts by analyzing a story they read in class. In this story structure activity, students read the book Owen by Kevin Henkes and identify the characters, plot and settings. Students discuss the themes of the book...
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Predictogram

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners explore language arts by participating in a story analysis activity. For this story structure lesson, students read three short stories in class and identify the characters, conflicts and settings. Learners complete a...
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Writing a Narrative

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders read the short story "Eleven". They write a narrative composition focusing on the use of voice. Students use a computer to create a pre-writing graphic organizer and type their final draft.
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The Road Taken

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore story structure and figurative language. In this Tuck Everlasting literacy novel study, students identify two conflicts in the story and discuss possible problem solving strategies. Students identify and interpret...
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Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explore reading comprehension by analyzing a book with classmates. In this story structure lesson, students read the book Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion and discuss the main characters, setting and plot. Students answer...
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Twisted

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore reading comprehension by analyzing a book with their classmates. In this story structure lesson, students read the book Twisted with their classmates and identify the plot, settings and character arcs. Students answer...
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Writing Process- Narrative Writing

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Graphic organizers are a wonderful tool for young writers to use to help them get their thoughts in order for a piece of writing. Here, learners are coached on what a piece of narrative writing is, and how they must have a distinct...
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Retelling Stella Louella's Runaway Book: Point of View

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Stella Louella’s Runaway Book launches a study of point of view and storytelling. After reading the tale, class members retell the story from the point of view of another character. The scripted plan, developed by a teacher candidate,...
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Retelling

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore language arts by completing a story worksheet in class. Readers will identify the importance of plot, setting, and character while they write their own short story. They also retell their story to a classmate and participate in a...
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Reading Comprehension: Myth About Fire

For Students 3rd Standards
No matter what you read, you can always practice locating the main idea and key details to increase reading comprehension. Third graders read about an Aboriginal myth, they then complete three short-answer questions using key details...
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Techno Author

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Here is a great way to explore language arts by completing a computer activity with classmates. Youngsters read a fairy tale in class and analyze where the beginning, middle and end are. They create their own story using clip art and...
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Middle School Narrative Essay Prompts

For Students 5th - 8th
Inspire your class to write narrative essays with one or all five of these prompts. The topics include: favorite memory, first time, preparation, goals, and lying. These could be used as inspiration for a more structured writing...
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My Special Reading Notebook

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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Beginning, Middle, and End

For Teachers 1st
First graders identify the beginning, middle, and ending of a story and describe the plot, setting, and the characters. As a class they read a picture story and identify the beginning, middle, and end. Students then draw a picture of...
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Writing a Narrative Essay

For Teachers 11th Standards
Imagine using narrative essays to encourage change. This multi-week unit plan does just that. After reading a series of articles from Tyson Miller's Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America, class members examine the...
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Reading and Writing Personal Narratives

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Ah, the dreaded college application essay. Here's a unique approach to crafting a powerful personal essay. Class members read The Autobiography of Malcom X and Leslie Marmon Silko's Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit, analyze the...
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Lesson Plan 17: Novel, Take 2

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process lesson, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise"...
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Elementary Personal Narrative Writing Packet

For Students 2nd - 4th
Ever wish you had a packet that would support your learners as they prepare to write a narrative text? This comprehensive and well-scaffolded packet provides multiple support ideas for engaging learners in the narrative writing process....
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W.7.3 - Narrative Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Even for creative scholars, writing effective narrative pieces requires practice, thoughtful reflection on other narrative pieces, and technique. These resources are all aligned to the W.7.3 common core standards and will have your...
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Map It Out

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Before writing a narrative paragraph, map it out! Provide writers with a graphic organizer to help plan a descriptive paragraph. The prompt looks closely at the beginning, middle, and end, specifically the topic sentence, details, and a...
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Story Element: Plot

For Students 3rd - 6th
This activity provides three bulleted facts about plot, and a graphic organizer with 5 blank sections in which to record beginning, middle, and end of story events. While the directions reference a specific story on which to base...
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Introduce: Summarizing Narrative Text with the Fable the Tortoise and the Eagle

For Teachers K - 3rd
There is a valuable instructional activity revealed in the fable The Tortoise and the Eagle, and scholars examine it as they learn about theme, summarizing, and main ideas. The text is included here; read it once for learners to...
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Martin Luther King Jr.

For Teachers 1st
After listening to a story about Martin Luther King Jr., first graders answer questions about the text. They discuss the importance of the illustrations, identify the beginning, middle, and end of the story, and complete a writing...
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Splitting Bears

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Explore sequencing with first and second graders. As a group, they listen to the story Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett, and then generate important events from the story as the teacher writes them on the board. They also get to cut out a...
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Build Mastery: Sequencing

For Teachers K - 3rd
Writing a summary is much easier once you've laid out the sequence of events. Show readers how these two skills are intertwined using this graphic organizer. Review the meaning of sequencing first, presenting the chart and possibly...
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What is a Philanthropist?

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
What does a philanthropist do? Help your class explore philanthropy using character development and literacy ideas. Learners will define and give examples of philanthropy, listen to The Lion and the Mouse, discuss how the characters help...
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Where Do We Begin?

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Primary learners grasp sequence of events by discussing morning routines and reviewing the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They explore the necessity of correct order of events. As a class, create a story with a beginning, middle, and...
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Flat Stanley–Flat ME!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewAfter reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, scholars test their comprehension by answering questions about the story's beginning, middle, and end. Participants craft a flat replica of themselves then compose a story where they are mailed...
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Benjamin Franklin and Learning a Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Examine stories with a moral in a character development instructional activity. The class reads a short story written by Benjamin Franklin in which he pays too much for a toy whistle. Individuals then make text-to-self connections and...
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Narrative Writing

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Enhance narrative writing instruction with engaging and interactive planning pages. Eight lessons take authors through the process of writing a narrative story, two lessons prompt writers to create a personal narrative, and a...
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What Happened Next? (Grades K-4)

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
Explore the structure of narrative writing with this fun, collaborative lesson. Start by reading aloud a short story, asking small groups of learners to fill in key events on a large story board prepared on the class whiteboard....
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Bring Characters to Life Using Details Such as Thoughts, Feelings, Actions, and Dialogue

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
The best stories ever written are those with characters that come to life. The fifth lesson of this narrative writing series teaches young writers how thoughts, feelings, actions, and dialogue add depth to characters. Pause the video at...
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The Stuff of Stories: Using Museums to Inspire Student Writing

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Middle schoolers write descriptions, narratives, and dialogues based on objects of art and time periods in a museum. They base several writing assignments on art objects and paintings, including a literal description and an emotional...
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Surprise!: Extra Support Lessons (Theme 2)

For Teachers 1st Standards
Surprise! is the theme of a unit covering such topics as consonants, blending, short vowels sounds, high frequency words, and number words. The unit's lessons also include teachable moments covering story structure, illustrations,...
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Special Friends: Extra Support Lessons (Theme 9)

For Teachers 1st Standards
Special Friends is the theme of a unit consisting of extra support lessons created to reinforce concepts with the help from grand discussions, chants, and practice worksheets. Unit topics include letter sounds, base words, endings,...
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Frightened

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore story structure by reading a scary story. In this human emotion lesson, students read the story Frightened and discuss the concepts of fear and psychology. Students complete a vocabulary activity dealing with the story...
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Spiders

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore story structure by reading a children's story in class. In this insect characteristic lesson, students read the story Spiders and discuss the different types mentioned in the story. Students define a list of spider...
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Rescuing Mr. Black

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore reading comprehension by analyzing a book title. In this story structure lesson, students read the title of the book Rescuing Mr. Black and discuss what this may be referring to. Students complete vocabulary activities...
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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Movie

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore storytelling by analyzing a film in class. In this story structure lesson, students view the film "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" and discuss the characters, plot and settings. Students complete several coloring...
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Miss Rumphius

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners read the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney. They read the book and storyboard the story elements and the beginning, middle, and end. They will also finger paint the flowers from the story. Then they make connections to the...
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Creating a Beginning, Middle, and End

For Teachers 1st
First graders develop stories with beginnings, middles, and ends. They view a story and discuss the beginning, middle, and end and cue words including first, next, and last. They write stories incorporating beginning, middle, and ends...
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Sequence of Events

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Here is a nicely-designed presentation that does a terrific job of explaining sequence of events in a story to young readers. They view slides that have photographs of worksheets on this topic, and the kids "fill them out" together....
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Saguaro - Cactus Hotel

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Elementary schoolers listen to a read aloud of Brenda Z. Guiberson's, Cactus Hotel before acting the story out using the proper sequence of events. Using a graphic organizer, they determine the beginning, middle, and end of the story....
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You Can't Tell it All!: Narrowing the Focus of Personal Narratives

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Work on narrative skills by discovering how to be focused in writing. Upper graders will brainstorm the importance of focus in texts. They study transparencies of a narrative story from a 4th grade student. Then they study the focus of...
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Writing Dialogue: Revising Historical Narrative Drafts to Add Dialogue

For Teachers 4th Standards
By the tenth lesson plan in a language arts unit, young writers have written, revised, and peer-edited their historical fiction narratives. Fourth graders finally pull all of their revision notes together to create a second draft. The...
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Soon I Will

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore reading comprehension by reading a children's story in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the story Soon I Will and analyze the characters, themes and settings of the story. Students complete a...
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The Ant and the Dove

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners explore reading comprehension by reading a children's story in class. In this story structure instructional activity, students read the story The Ant and the Dove and analyze the characters, themes and settings of the story....
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How to Make a Mud Pie

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore reading comprehension by reading a story about dirt. In this story structure lesson, students read the story How to Make a Mud Pie and analyze the characters, actions and settings within the story. Students define...
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Early One Morning

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore story structure by analyzing a story they read in class. In this character study lesson, students read the story Early One Morning and identify the main character and her dilemma. Students answer study questions about...
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Looking for Fang

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore reading comprehension by answering study questions in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the book Looking for Fang and identify the themes, characters, and settings of the book. Students answer study...
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Kids in a Booth

For Teachers K - 1st
In the story Kids in a Booth, nicknames are important tools in the characterization of the people described. Encourage your readers to pay attention to details such as names and why an author might have chosen those names. Some...
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A Box for Bobo

For Teachers K - 2nd
Encourage sharing and collaboration among your young ones. Read A Box for Bobo and discuss what happens when Raf, the main character, does not share with his friend Bobo, and later wants what Bobo has. Prediction and reading...
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Writing Personal Narratives

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Encourage your pupils to write about personal experiences with regard to participating in activities that don't involve media. Start off by reading several of the included poems and modeling how to write about a memory. Class members can...
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Writing a Narrative: How Bear Lost His Tail

For Students 3rd Standards
After reading the first, second, and third parts of "How Bear Lost His Tail", third grade writers answer questions about the story by completing a series of options, including discussion points. Then, they begin to plan a new narrative...
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Writing a Narrative: Two Frogs

For Students 2nd Standards
Three options offer young writers the opportunity to read a short story, answer questions, and write a response. A handy language arts resource focuses on reading comprehension and analyziing the story's lesson: look before you leap. 
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Sequencing The Mitten

For Teachers K - 2nd
Practice sequencing as a comprehension strategy. Have your class listen to The Mitten by Jan Brett and participate in guided practice with sequencing events. Then divide everyone into three groups based on understanding for independent...
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Events That Support a Theme

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Read the story Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter by John Steptoe to your class, then have them identify story events that support a given theme. They read Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman and complete a worksheet in which they list examples of...
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Predicting a Mystery's Solution

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Practice making informed predictions. Have your class create a paper fortune-teller and ask questions about the future. They compare the fortune-telling process to the more informed kind of predictions they make while reading. They...
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Summarizing Stories

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story in class. Your class will read Jack and the Beanstalk in class and discuss the characters, plot, and settings. They will also read a personally chosen fairy tale on their own and...
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Dressing Up

For Teachers K - 2nd
Did you ever play dress up? Tap into your learners' imaginations with the story Dressing Up. Young ones visually explore the costumes displayed and answer reading comprehension questions. After reading, they get to add their own pretend...
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The Lost Valentines

For Teachers K - 1st
Encourage caring and helpful attitudes by reading The Lost Valentines. Perfect to read near Valentine's Day, this story focuses on a boy losing all his Valentine cards at school and getting upset. Talk about feelings and how his...
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A Surprise For Jack

For Teachers K - 3rd
Work on making inferences with your class by reading A Surprise for Jack. Some vocabulary and rhyming words are listed along with quite a few reading comprehension questions. Learners demonstrate their understanding in a class discussion...
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Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One...

For Teachers K - 2nd
Explore language arts by reading two similar stories in order to compare and contrast them in class. Young readers read two Aunt Isabel books, by Kate Duke, and discuss the main characters, plot, and setting. They complete a graphic...
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Interjected Emotions!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Emergent authors complete sentences they hear during a read aloud of David Shannon's book No, David!. They examine the text, noting the location and purpose of punctuation marks, especially in dialogue. They then create dialogue prior to...
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Where

For Teachers K Standards
Kindergartners identify where a story takes place. In this literature activity, learners take a picture walk and discuss how pictures can provide clues to the location of the story. They then illustrate where a new story of their own...
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The Great Brain

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Do you have a class set of The Great Brain? If so, check out this richly detailed guided reading lesson plan. Before, during, and after reading activities are provided for every chapter as well as comprehension and interpretive...
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Jeffrey and Sloth: Six Traits of Writing

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Use drawings as inspiration. Have learners doodle for 10 minutes before beginning the lesson. Then, have them use their doodles to inspire a story. Several writing activities are included here to play with writing. One of my favorites...
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ELD Lesson Plan: One Land, Many Trails

For Teachers 5th
Explore the Wild West with this lesson, which accompanies four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("A Boy Called Slow," "Pioneer Girl," "Black Cowboy, Wild Horses," and "Elena"). Learners practice making applications to the text, as well as...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Journeys

For Teachers 4th
From the Titanic to the Iditarod, your ELD pupils will be on a whirlwind adventure with these four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Akiak," "Grandfather's Journey," "Finding the Titanic," and "By the Shore of Silver Lake"). By practicing their...
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Tornado

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Readers build text-analysis skills by working through read and respond activities for the book, Tornado by Betsy Byars. This detailed plan provides worksheets and supports for thorough skill development. Using this resource will make...
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Developing a Structure for Documentaries

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Provide some group brainstorming and story-planning time with the fifth activity in a series on examining and creating documentaries. After you've explained the purpose of each section of a documentary, groups meet to plan the beginning,...
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Story Stick Medallions

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students identify and visually represent important events in the beginning, middle, and end of a story. They arrange the pictures in sequential order. Students verbalize details while they retell their story idea to friends and family...
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Introduce: Summarizing Narrative Text

For Teachers K - 3rd
When scholars re-tell a story, do they boil it down to important details in a logical order? Practice summarizing narratives using this think-aloud strategy, which is scripted here for your convenience. After explaining why this is an...
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Animation Pre-Production

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Does your class love reading cartoons? Use their talents and interests to examine the process of writing a story they wish to tell through a cartoon. They develop the beginning, middle, and end of a story based on their original...
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Transitional Words: Beginning, Middle and Concluding

For Students 3rd - 4th Standards
Next time your class is stumped trying to find the perfect transition word to fit in their narrative, remind them to take out this extensive list that is divided into beginning, middle, and ending transitional words. 
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Word Wheel

For Students 1st - 2nd
Make a phonics wheel with your young learners! Either provide the pieces pre-cut for your learners, or have them practice their fine-motor skills to cut out the four circles provided. When the wheel is assembled, learners can create...
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Scumbelina

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
This cute and new imagining of the old tale of Cinderella comes complete with a beginning, middle, and end, audio, and comprehension questions. Learners will read along as you progress through each slide, then answer several questions at...
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Summary Writing

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Nineteen stylish worksheets offer lesson ideas and practice opportunities designed to reinforce summary skills. Scholars recall events over the weekend as well as favorite books—main characters, problems, solutions, the beginning,...
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The Fox and the Mosquitoes

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
 A trapped fox prefers the full mosquitoes swarming him to the hungry ones who would replace them in Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Mosquitoes.” Class members listen to an audio version of the tale before completing a graphic organizer...
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The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Would a charcoal-burner make a good roommate? Read about the drawbacks of living with someone in the opposite profession with Aesop's "The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller." A graphic organizer prompts learners to identify the beginning,...
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Dog

For Teachers K - 1st
Young scholars explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story with classmates. In this story structure lesson plan, students read the story Dog and discuss the characters, themes and settings from the book. Young scholars analyze...
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The Gardener

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story in class. In this story structure lesson, students read the story The Gardener and analyze the characters, themes and settings of the story. Students complete a vocabulary...
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Gingerbread Man Fun

For Teachers K
Here is a great way to utilize The Gingerbread Man in your classroom. Learners respond to a story in the form of a picture story determing the beginning, middle, and end of a story, and establish patterns using objects and then verbally...
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Story Writing- Beginning, Middle, and End

For Teachers 2nd
Children identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story and put that story in sequential order. They explore the meanings of punctuation and why it is important. They create their own stories that follow logical order and express...
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Non-Fiction vs. Fiction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore storytelling by creating a story map. In this story structure lesson, students identify the main differences between fiction and non-fiction by reading two separate books and creating story maps based on their...
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Elmer by David McKee

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students explore individual differences. In this literacy and self-esteem lesson, students listen to the story Elmo by David McKee, then describe what characteristics make Elmo special. Students complete a T chart showing how Elmo looked...
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Teaching Students to Write a Narrative

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Encourage narrative writing with a clever exercise. Class members watch episodes from movies and describe what happened to a character, including details about the setting, plot, and characters. Writers then craft a narrative about a...
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Write On! Narrative Writing

For Students 3rd - 7th
Before starting a project that uses narrative writing, present your class with this guide! They brainstorm the topic, decide what the problem will be, how it escalates, and how it is resolved. They also decide on an ending. Then, using...
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Write On! Narrative Writing

For Students 3rd - 9th Standards
Teach emerging writers the importance of planning before putting pen to paper to create a written document. The template asks writers to fill out basic information like what the story will be about, what the setting is, and what happens...
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Around the Room Short Story

For Teachers 4th - 7th
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...
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Studying "To Build A Fire" by Jack London

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Your advanced middle school and high school readers explore plot structure by analyzing a classic Jack London story "To Build a Fire." Class members identify setting, characters, and plot. They participate in a discussion about the...
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Biscuit Wants to Play

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore story analysis by reading a children's story in class. Youngsters will read the story Biscuit Wants to Play and consider the conflict and resolution of the plot with basic reading comprehension and prediction questions. Extend...
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Toby and the Accident

For Teachers K - 3rd
Trucks roll into your classroom with this story! Explore reading comprehension by reading a story about a tow truck. They read the story Toby and the Accident and analyze the drama in the story, the characters, and the eventual...
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Teach21 Lesson: Choices and Consequences, Lesson 12/18

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Three different activities can be used in three different ways with this lesson. First, students choose an everyday task and write about the ways it would be completed in the year 1900, the year 2000, and the year 2100. Next, students...
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Big Things

For Teachers K - 2nd
Youngsters explore reading comprehension by analyzing the themes of a book in class. In this size instructional activity, pupils read the book Big Things and discuss items within the book that have a large size. They define a list of...
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My Puppy

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story with their classmates. In this animal behavior lesson plan, students read the story My Puppy and describe the plot, settings and characters to each other. Students review...
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The Little Work Plane

For Teachers K - 1st
In this classic "singled-out" story, a little plane is laughed at for being the smallest. Yet, his size ends up being an asset one day. Ask basic reading comprehension questions and possibly have learners write the answers. 
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The Hole in the King's Sock

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore art by analyzing the cover of a book they will read. In this story analysis lesson, students view the book The Hole in the King's Sock and discuss what they think the book will be about based on the cover art. Students...
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The Little Blue Horse

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners explore independent reading strategies. They make self-to-text connections prior to and during the reading of The Little Blue Horse. Everyone answers comprehension questions orally after reading.
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What You Do With a Kangaroo

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Analyze the fiction story What Do You Do With a Kangaroo? in class. Answer reading comprehension study questions and define new vocabulary terms. A writing connection puts readers in the main character's shoes, asking what they would do...
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The Haunted House

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Read The Haunted House near Halloween and have talking about scary rides! Begin by sharing prior knowledge about haunted houses and listening to a paragraph from the book that has especially descriptive language. Learners can read the...
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Guest Readers

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Young readers explore reading comprehension by creating a class presentation. In this storytelling instructional activity, puils read an assigned text in class and analyze the characters, settings and story. They create an illustrated...
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Writing a Story - How do I Start?

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Terrific tips on how to start a story is the focus of this language arts presentation. Tips include: describing what's about to happen in the story, examples of sentence openers, and how to capture a reader's attention right away. There...
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Lesson 5: Theme Matters

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Young scholars explore themes in fiction with this literacy comprehension lesson. They generate ideas for possible themes developed in the fairy tale of The Ant and the Cricket. Next, they examine the plot of The Great Gilly Hopkins and...
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Mysterious Plot Problems

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Your readers explore plot patterns in mysteries by identifying problems first in Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol and then in  The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. To gain access to the worksheets, graphic organizers and riddles...
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Harry Potter: Study Questions

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Elementary learners explore fiction storytelling through partcipating in a survey. They identify the characters, themes and plot of the Harry Potter series while discussing their opinions in class. Learners conduct a survey about their...
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Stellaluna and Elmer - Beginning, Middle and End

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders identify sections of a book. They recognize the beginning, middle, and end sections of a book. Using PowerPoint computer technology, 2nd graders create a book report. They present their reports to the class.
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A Chance to Dance

For Students 3rd - 5th
Students will read an article and respond to 3 sets of questions that follow. Then, students underline what they learn in the beginning, middle, and end of the article. They also write a few sentences to summarize a conversation they...
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Reading Summarize - Putting the "Able" in Disabled

For Students 4th - 7th
In this summarizing worksheet, students read a passage about a disabled student then underline what they learned form the beginning, middle, and end of the passage. Students record this information in a graphic organizer then use this to...
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Pivotal Images: Beginning, Middle, End

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars 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. Young scholars create their own...
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Blueprint Writing

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders write a narrative composition about funny incidents in their home lives. In this narrative writing lesson plan, 8th graders define what a blueprint is and draw one for their home. Students write about events that happened...
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Scenarios: Beginning, Middle (incidents), End

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate writing scenarios that can be performed. They examine the parts and levels of scenarios that can actually be performed.
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The Narrative Structure of Ethan Frome

For Students 10th - 12th
This reading guide poses questions at the beginning, middle, and end of the reading of Ethan Frome. Readers focus on the setting, conflict, and resolution presented in the novel. 
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Writing a Personal Narrative

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students complete a variety of computer file pre-writing activities to help them prepare for writing a personal narrative. They focus on including a beginning, middle and end to their narrative. They make a class book.
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Sequence of Events: Personal Stories

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
First graders depict an event from their lives that follows a specific sequence. They draw their narratives in three pictures that show the order in which things happened. They then present their stories to the class. To frontload the...
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Metallic Galactic Mobile

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students create 3-dimensional models of their own imaginary galaxies of newly discovered planets. They write fictional accounts of their experiences visiting each new planet. Students writing includes a recognizable beginning, middle,...
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School-Home Links: Literacy Activity 3

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Young readers are invited to listen to a story that a caregiver reads to them. After the story, a discussion session ensues. The main points of the story are covered including the beginning, middle, and end.
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Family Recipes

For Teachers 4th - 8th
After interviewing family members, elementary and middle schoolers type up a family recipe using the Smart Notebook template provided. Then they should use the Kidspiration template to write a narrative about their recipe, along with...
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Organizing Stories Before You Write

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Orators practice their storytelling skills by working in groups. They utilize a step-by-step approach to organize ideas and create a story from scratch. The class discovers the beginning, middle, and end of a story and learns how to...
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Write On! Narrative Writing: Problem Helper

For Students 3rd - 9th
Every good story needs a conflict! Use this narrative writing activity to help learners design a story around a conflict, or problem. First learners identify the main idea, setting, and problem, and then they detail the problem. How does...
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Write On! Narrative Writing

For Students 4th - 9th Standards
A blank sheet of paper can intimidate even seasoned writers. Reduce the angst factor by providing your story tellers with a template that gets them started by responding to four simple prompts. They identify their main character, what...
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Develop a Sequence of Events for a Narrative Response

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Narrators are essential to the telling of any story, providing the audience with a point of view through which they experience the characters, setting, and events. Following a reading of the first two chapters of The Story of Dr....
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Choosing a Story Idea for a Narrative

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Decisions, decisions. Now that young writers have brainstormed ideas for a personal narrative, it's time to decide which one to write about. Follow along as the instructor explores the thought process involved in choosing the topic that...
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Orient the Reader by Establishing a Situation and a Point of View

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Good writers are a lot like fishermen: they know how to hook their readers. The second lesson of this series teaches learners how to grab the attention of their audience while introducing characters and establishing a context. Take time...
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Grandad’s Magic Gadgets

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore language arts by reading a children's story in class. In this story analysis lesson, students read the book Grandad's Magic Gadgets and identify the settings, characters and plot. Students answer study questions about...
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Describing Characters with Rich Language

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders describe characters. In this describing characters instructional activity, 2nd graders dissect the text of a sample story and identify more descriptive words than those generally used. Students select their own character...
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A Christmas Carol: Discovering the Treasures in Your Life

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students research language arts by analyzing several holiday stories. In this character development instructional activity, students read A Christmas Carol and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas while identifying the characters, plot and...
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The Stray Dog

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore animal life by reading a children's story in class. In this pet ownership lesson, students read the story The Stray Dog and analyze the main character and the treatment of his animal. Students complete a vocabulary...
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Heroes

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore heroism by reading a book in class. In this story analysis lesson, student read a book called Heroes and discuss the concept of heroism and identify the characters and plot of the story. Students define vocabulary terms...
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The Beginning, The Middle, & The End

For Teachers K - 2nd
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...
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Tell Me a Story

For Teachers K - 1st
Young readers will retell and sequence a familiar story from a different culture. They listen to a story, retell it through pantomime, sequence the story, and discuss the beginning, middle, and end. They will learn about parts of a story...
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Collecting Family Stories

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners interview relatives and compose a family story on the computer. They compile this lesson is with two others involving art and media into a student portfolio. Each student researches, diagrams and writes a story with a beginning,...
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How to Write a Fable

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Have your class write fables using this resource. First, learners read fables, and then they discuss the characteristics of these types of stories. This could lead to a writing activity in which they write their own fables.
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Story Plans

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Here are some very useful worksheets which help children to plan their original written stories. I really like this 3-page packet! The first part of the story plan is to create the main characters in the story. Then, there are spaces to...
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Telling a Story

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a story about a picture. In this writing instructional activity, students select a picture and write a story about what happened in the picture. Students are encouraged to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
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Describing Paintings: Calm or Stormy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Young writers use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe details in two paintings. One depicts a sunny landscape, and the other shows a cloudier view. They write a narrative inspired by the paintings, paying attention to transitional...
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Using Story Structure to Enhance Comprehension

For Teachers 4th - 5th
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...
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Using Children's Literature to Teach Writing: No, David!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners review beginning, middle, and end of a story and how details add to a story.
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Humpty Dumpty: The Whole Story

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders analyze a nursery rhyme to explore the writing process. In this writing process lesson, 5th graders recite Humpty Dumpty and chart the plot of the story. Students select their own nursery rhyme and write a creative story...
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Writing with Koala Lou: Sequencing and BME

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate storytelling properties by reading a children's story in class. In this story sequencing instructional activity, 3rd graders read the story Koala Lou with their classmates and create sentence strips from the...
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I'm Thinking of a Story

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students begin to identify and summarize the main ideas and plot of a story. They are told that they are going to play a guessing game. The teacher says; "I'm thinking of a story, and you can try to guess what it is after I've told you...
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The Princess and the Pea

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in various shared reading and writing activities related to the classic fairytale "The Princess and the Pea." They identify the story elements, write an opening sentence for the beginning of the story, and discuss...
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Story Parts

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify the three major parts of a story. After reading the book "Stellaluna," students discuss the beginning, middle and end of the story. They write a short story depicting the events that would happen if the story...
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Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders will be able to write in their journals at the end of each class how they felt about the chapters read that day. They will be able to list what happened in the story from beginning, middle, to end.
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Sequencing a Story - The Three Little Pigs

For Students Pre-K - K
In this sequencing worksheet set, students use cut up portions of the story of "The Three Little Pigs" to either categorize events from the beginning, middle and end, or to retell the story it the proper order. The teacher cuts out and...

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