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Literary Elements Map

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Literary Elements Map

Grades 6 – 12
Interactive Type Inquiry & Analysis
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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An updated version of the Story Map, this interactive best suits secondary students in literary study. The tool includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities, focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development (shown at left). As with the Story Map, this interactive can be used in multiple contexts, whether they be author studies, genre studies, or thematic units, among others. Students can map out the key literary elements for a variety purposes, including response to literature or as a prewriting activity when composing their own fiction. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment.

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Fairy Tale Autobiographies

Students read and analyze fairy tales from several cultures, identifying common elements. Choosing common situations, students write original fairy tales, using picture books as models and a peer review process.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting

This twist on readers theater has students prepare original news programs based on incidents in a recent reading, as they explore standard literary elements of character, conflict, resolution, and setting.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Critical Reading: Two Stories, Two Authors, Same Plot?

Students make predictions about the stories and analyze story elements, compare and contrast the different stories, distinguish between fact and opinion, and draw conclusions supported by evidence from their readings.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Teaching the Epic through Ghost Stories

In this lesson, students connect to the oral tradition of epic storytellers by sharing their own oral tales of ghosts and goblins and monsters.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Weaving the Multigenre Web

Students analyze the elements of a novel in many different genres and then hyperlink these pieces together on student-constructed Websites.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Seuss and Silverstein: Posing Questions, Presenting Points

Students will enjoy this blast from the past as they read the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to analyze the way social issues are addressed in selected works.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology

Students complete a short survey to establish their beliefs about technology. They compare their opinions to the ideas in a novel that depicts technology (such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451).

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres

In this activity, students read short stories and create presentations in multiple media to share in a Short Story Fair. At the fair, students explore and respond to the displays.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Word Maps: Developing Critical and Analytical Thinking About Literary Characters

Students read "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry, use a word map to identify characters' qualities or traits, discuss the characters' feelings and actions, and reflect upon these in journals.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Heroes Are Made of This: Studying the Character of Heroes

Designed to explore the hero and the heroic in literature, this unit asks students to discuss their ideas of heroism and analyze heroes in literature.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring Satire with Shrek

The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Pros and Cons of Discussion

Students use a Discussion Web to engage in meaningful discussion of the question, "Are people equal?"

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Characterization in Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing”

Students read Raymond Carver's story "A Small, Good Thing," focusing on characterization in order to develop one of the static characters—the hit-and-run driver who causes Scotty’s death—more fully.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Rummaging for Fiction: Using Found Photographs and Notes to Spark Story Ideas

In this lesson, students use found notes and found photographs as inspiration to help them identify subjects, settings, characters, and conflicts for pieces of creative writing.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Looking for the Byronic Hero Using Twilight's Edward Cullen

Using the character of Edward Cullen from the Twilight series, this lesson introduces the Byronic hero and asks students to compare the Byronic hero to the traditional hero and villain.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts

Students will identify how Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of nonviolent conflict-resolution is reinterpreted in modern texts. Homework is differentiated to prompt discussion on how nonviolence is portrayed through characterization and conflict. Students will be formally assessed on a thesis essay that addresses the Six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence.

 

Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources

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Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Getting Acquainted with Farcebook

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices using Facebook-like pages.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4

Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.

Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23

Avi was born in 1937.

After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.