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Teaching Plot Structure through Short Stories
|Grades||9 – 10|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Yankton, South Dakota
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Copies of short stories either on paper or online
- Computers for students with Internet access
- Projector for PowerPoint, and first uses of Plot Diagram interactive
Grades 1 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
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.
- Arrange for computers and projector.
- Preview the PowerPoint presentation and download a copy to your machine if desired to share with your class.
- Make copies or overhead transparencies of the Reader's Guide to Understanding Plot Development, the Reflective Journal Instructions, and the Writing Rubric.
- Choose short stories for your students. This lesson plan uses "The Flowers" by Alice Walker and "Marigolds" by Eugenia Collier as examples; however, any stories that you're reading will work for this lesson plan. If desired, groups in Session Two can all read different short stories, or they can all read the same story.
- Test the Plot Diagram interactive and "Jack and the Beanstalk" Plot Diagram on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.