Category Archive: Story Elements

Jan 25

Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

Silhouette Characterization   This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students.  Instructions Click here to download the printable.  Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto …

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Apr 30

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

  The Announcement I’m excited to announce that each Monday over the next 24 weeks; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Unit will be featured in weekly blog posts. Saving each lesson for a novel study is a great option. Since students are so familiar with this well-loved American classic, most chapters can be stand-alone …

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Apr 23

Three Fun Activities to Help Teach Sequencing

  Narratives may use different sequencing techniques to make the story more interesting. Some common sequencing techniques include: Flashbacks fill in details that took place in the past. Foreshadowing are hints as to what is to take place in the future. Students can remember sequence by noting chronological order clue words such as first, next, after, and …

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Sep 25

Point of View

Presenting Point of View  By using the comparison of a diorama, my students are able to begin to understand 1st and 3rd points of view. I tell the students that in first-person, you shrink yourself and become one of the characters within the diorama. If you were writing a story set in the diorama, you …

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Sep 18

Five Ways to Teach Theme

Teaching Theme Teaching students to find the theme of a book can be both fun and frustrating. Some students understand the concept immediately. For others, it can be a real challenge. Here are five ways to teach theme: #1 Teaching Theme with Visuals Use the visual THE MEssage to help students remember that the theme …

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Sep 11

Teaching Character Traits with Graphic Organizers

Teaching Character Traits Describing a character in depth including describing a character’s thoughts, words, or actions is an important Common Core Standard. Beginning in 5th grade students must also be able to compare characters. Listed below are a few ways to help students understand this important standard. #1 Use a Picture of the Character with …

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Sep 04

The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Plot Development Teaching students to describe the plot of a book or story can be compared to a roller coaster.   Here is how it works: Exposition When you first get on the roller coaster a voice over a loud speaker gives background information such as when the coaster was built, how long the ride will …

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Aug 29

Activities for Teaching Setting in Literature

Teaching Setting Activity #1 I often teach the setting of a story by discussing genres. I ask students to name where and when a specific genre takes place.   Here is an example: Science Fiction  >> Outer Space  >> Future Fairy Tales >> Magical Kingdom  >> Usually Past Realistic Fiction >> Real Locations >> Usually Present …

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