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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|
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
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
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.
- 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.