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Plot Structure: A Literary Elements Mini-Lesson

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Plot Structure: A Literary Elements Mini-Lesson

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

Plot PowerPoint Presentation

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Plot Diagram

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.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Preview the Plot PowerPoint Presentation and download a copy to your machine if desired to share with your class. If a computer and LCD projector are not available in your classroom, make overheads and/or copies of the Plot Presentation Handouts.

  • If desired, make copies of the Family Letter for students to take home.

  • Review the Web resources and choose any that can be used to supplement or reinforce the lesson plan. Decide when and how to use these sites.

  • Test the Plot Diagram Tool on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Review background information on The Elements of Plot Development (optional).

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