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Teaching Plot Structure through Short Stories

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Teaching Plot Structure through Short Stories

Grades 9 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Schulze

Yankton, South Dakota


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices by rewinding the plot.


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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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Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9

Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.

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.


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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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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.


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