5th Grade - Story Elements
Identify setting, characters, plot, and theme. SPI 0501.8.1
Links verified on 9/12/2014
- Analyzing the setting - graphic organizer for students
- Circle Plot Diagram - The tool can be used as a pre-writing graphic organizer for students writing original stories with a circular plot structure (e.g., If You Take a Mouse to School), as well as a post-reading organizer used to explore the text structures in a book. Student Interactive from Read/Write/Think
- Fiction, Setting the Story - learn how authors manipulate time and space, mood, and spatial order in descriptions of settings
- Interactive Plot Building Game - not quite halfway down the page you will find a blue background with three white blocks, read the instructions and give it a try
- Plot Chart - chart the plot with this graphic organizer
- Plot Development - article with example of how a plot is developed
- Plot diagram - interactive tool to chart a circle plot - demonstration of how to use this tool given
- Plot Diagram - interactive tool to chart beginning to ending of plot - demonstration of how to use this tool given
- Plot Outline - graphic chart for students
- Problem/Solution Chart - Fill out this chart as a whole class activity brainstorming session to learn to recognize problems and solutions in stories. This uses cause and effect, but can be adapted.
- Serendipitous Crazy Cartoon Plots - an interactive writing idea generator
- Story Character Outline - print and let students complete information about the story they are reading
- Story Element Quiz - learn the definitions of parts of a story
- Story Map - The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in pre-writing and post-reading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution. Student Interactive from Read/Write/Think
- Story Shackles (Linking Students To Written Text) - Story Shackles is an imaginative and stimulating way for students to acquire the ability to retell events of a story or text, sequence the action or happenings in a story, or to simply summarize the plot, main ideas with supporting details, or general information of a story or text
- Story Stew - Lesson plan to introduce story elements.
- Story Writing Tips for Kids - The author says, "If you follow these tips, you should end up with a great story plan."
- Teaching about Conflict in Literature - Lesson Plan - uses graphic organizer to plot out stories.
- Theme - lesson and activity on how to find themes
- Using Excel to Make a Plot Tension Graph - step by step directions on using Excel to make a plot tension graph
- Walk Two Moons: An Integrated Unit - integrated study combining setting, theme, point of view, character, and plot with geography and geometry
- Writing about Theme - [advanced - designed for grade 10] lesson plan - format could be adapted to another story [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
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