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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Teaching Plot Structure through Short Stories
|Grades||9 – 10|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Yankton, South Dakota
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices by rewinding the plot.
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.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 9
After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
Grades 3 – 8 | Printout | Graphic Organizer
After students read a short story or chapter of a novel, they can use the Narrative Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details.
Grades 5 – 9 | Professional Library | Journal
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.