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Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

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Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

Grades 6 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Teaching Plot Structure through Short Stories

Students use an online graphic organizer to analyze the plot structure of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and three short stories.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: The Elements of Fiction

Students identify the elements of fiction in a book they have read and share summaries of them by writing and illustrating their own mini-book.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Getting Acquainted with Farcebook

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices using Facebook-like pages.

 

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Glog That Book!

In this alternative book report, students identify the elements of fiction in books they have read by creating glogs, interactive multimedia posters, and then share their glogs.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Plot Structure: A Literary Elements Mini-Lesson

Students learn that the plot structure described by Freytag's Pyramid is actually quite familiar as they diagram the plots of a familiar story, a television show, and a narrative poem.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 6

Celebrate Cynthia Rylant's birthday!

Students work in small groups or as a class to map the plot of a selected Cynthia Rylant story and create original literary works using the plot diagrams.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Narrative Pyramid

After students read a short story or chapter of a novel, they can use the Narrative Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Stop Pretending and Think about Plot

Jago offers a review of Freytag’s Pyramid and an example of how work with the concept of plot structure positively affected student understanding and writing.

 

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Alternative Book Reports

This article describes different ways that students can report on books they have read other than the traditional “book report.”

 

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