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Journal > Voices from the Middle
Stop Pretending and Think about Plot
by Carol Jago
|Grades||5 – 9|
". . . 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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Students use an online graphic organizer to analyze the plot structure of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and three short stories.
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices by rewinding the plot.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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