Category: Story Elements

Silhouette Characterization – A Teaching Strategy

This post will illustrate how to teach character traits using silhouettes. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. 

This post teaching Silhouette Characterization. This simple no prep method is both engaging and fun for students. 

Instructions

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  1. Option 1 – Print the silhouettes found on page 8 on heavyweight paper. Cut out the patterns. Students trace the character onto a piece of ordinary paper.
  2. Option 2 – Show students the ‘Bean Character Clipart.’ found on pages 9 and 10. Students then draw their own silhouette people in a similar fashion.
  3. Option 3 – Print the sample organizers found on pages 3-7.

Activity #1 –

Students draw a silhouette figure in the center of their page. Out from the silhouette, students draw rays. In each shape formed by the rays, students write facts about the character. Continue Reading

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit

The Announcement

I’m excited to announce I am giving away a free book unit. 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 lessons. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was originally published on May 17, 1900, so it is now in public domain. There is no need to purchase a class set of books because the complete text will be added to the unit plans. Continue Reading

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Three Fun Activities to Help Teach Sequencing

Sequencing Organizer

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 so on.

Another type of sequencing that appears in nonfiction text is logical order. This uses headings, subheadings, and other text features to guide students through the material. Continue Reading

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Point of View

Free Printable Point of View Anchor Chart

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 would describe what is happening to you. In third-person, you are outside the diorama, looking in, and telling a story about what you see.

Point of View Activities 

Here are some online resources: Continue Reading

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Five Ways to Teach Theme

Free Theme Poster

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: Continue Reading

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Teaching Character Traits with Graphic Organizers

Character Traits

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 Descriptive Words

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The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Plot Development Anchor Chart

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: Continue Reading

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