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Developing Story Structure With Paper-Bag Skits

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy J. Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Nancy J. Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Cookeville, Tennessee

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Inferring How and Why Characters Change

Students will really get into character when they read short stories and analyze the how’s and why’s of characters’ behaviors.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Charting Characters for a More Complete Understanding of the Story

Character Perspective Charting allows students to compare multiple characters and their points of view to better understand a story.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Travel Brochures: Highlighting the Setting of a Story

Readers are often transported to the places mentioned in texts through words and descriptions. This lesson invites students to create travel brochures about the setting of texts they have read.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Picture Books to Teach Plot Development and Conflict Resolution

Students read picture books to explore the concepts of plot development and conflict resolution. They first learn about the connections between reading and writing, and then revise their own writing.

 

Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick: Using Illustrations to Guide Writing

Students use illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as a guide to write mysteries
and then present their stories to the class for students to discuss to which illustration each
story corresponds.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Drama Map

Students analyzing a play can map out the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution for a variety purposes. This interactive is aimed at secondary students.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Mystery Cube

The Mystery Cube helps students identify and summarize story elements in this popular genre. It can be used as a postreading or prewriting activity.

 

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