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Using Picture Books to Teach Plot Development and Conflict Resolution
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Writer's Notebooks
- Picture Books that Illustrate Strong Plot Development and Conflict Resolution
- Plot Conflict PowerPoint
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 K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.
- Example Conflict Passage from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax
- Conflict Type Chart
- Literary Elements Mapping: Conflict Map (print version)
- Using Picture Books to Teach Plot Conflict
- Plot and Conflict Development Self-Assessment
- Use this activity when you observe students who are interested in revising their writing but need specific guidance. Instead of multiple writing conferences on developing setting , you can hold a focus-lesson with a group or all students invited to attend.
- Before beginning this activity, students should write a piece of writing, which will be the object of their revisions.
- Review Picture Books that Illustrate Strong Plot Development and Conflict Resolution and collect texts that will be used for the lesson.
- Prepare a 4-column chart, using chart paper or an overhead transparency, that matches the Conflict Type Chart. You'll record class details on this chart during the sessions. If desired, you can duplicate the Chart for students to record their observations on individually as well.
- Preview the PowerPoint presentation and download a copy to your machine, if desired, to share with your class. You can also make copies of the PowerPoint slides to distribute to students.
- Arrange for a computer and projector to show the PowerPoint presentation.
- Review The Elements of Plot Development which details how plot is developed.
- Test the Story Map and Plot Diagram interactive 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.