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Stop Pretending and Think about Plot

by Carol Jago

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Stop Pretending and Think about Plot

Grades 5 – 9
Type Journal
Published May 2004
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English

 

Description  

". . . to make the language of literature useful to readers, students need to practice using academic vocabulary in ways that deepen their understanding of how stories work." To that end, 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.

 

Jago, Carol. "Stop Pretending and Think about Plot." Voices from the Middle 11.4 (May 2004): 50-51.

 

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