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Unwinding A Circular Plot: Prediction Strategies in Reading and Writing

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Unwinding A Circular Plot: Prediction Strategies in Reading and Writing

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Chart paper and markers

  • Any circle-plot story by Laura Joffe Numeroff (e.g., If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) or another book with a circular plot

  • A list of stories read by the class

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Circle Plot Diagram

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Circle Plot Diagram

The Circle Plot Diagram can be used as a prewriting graphic organizer for students writing original stories with a circular plot structure as well as a postreading organizer used to explore the text structures in a book.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Circle Plot Story Rubric

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Select a story by Laura Joffe Numeroff (e.g., If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) or another picture book with a circular plot. See the book list for additional options.

  • Test the Circle Plot Diagram student interactive 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.

  • Use page 11 of this printable set of graphic organizers from BalancedReading.com as an alternative if computers are not available to your class.

  • If desired, compile a list of stories read by the class, to be sorted into categories of linear versus circular plots. Alternately, students can brainstorm this list during the session.

  • Make copies of the Circle Plot Story Rubric for students.

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