Tag: Story Elements

The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Learn about plot development. Check out several teaching ideas. Download this free activity for students.

Plot development is often compared to climbing a mountain or riding a roller coaster. Students really relate to the roller coaster analogy. Here is how it works:

The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Exposition

When you first get on the roller coaster a voice over a loudspeaker gives background information such as when the coaster was built, how long the ride will last, or how high or fast you will be traveling. The exposition also gives background information. It is the introduction of the story. The exposition contains the setting and introduces the main characters. Readers need this information to understand a story. Continue Reading

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Activities for Teaching Setting of a Story

Learn about settings in literature. Check out several teaching ideas. Download this free activity for students.

The setting of a story includes the time and location in which the story takes place. Most students can easily say this story takes place at the beach or the moon or Alaska or wherever. Many students can also pinpoint the time: the past, present, or future. However, often students do not realize that the setting also provides important clues to the plot.

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Setting and Attitude

Where characters live often contributes to their personalities. Different settings influence a character’s values or attitude. Continue Reading

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Teaching Character Traits with Graphic Organizers

Learn about character traits in literature. Check out several teaching ideas. Download this free activity for students.

Teaching character traits is a must. When students know what details to look for in characters in literature, they will better understand the text and will become better writers as well. This post provides student-friendly definitions. It also gives some teaching ideas with handouts to try out in the classroom.

Defining Characters

When writing a story, an author usually begins with physical descriptions of the characters. The author must then go a step further to describe the personality of each of the characters. The characters need to have both positive and negative qualities to make them seem realistic. Good authors do not simply list character traits. They show the personalities of the characters through actions. Continue Reading

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How to Teach Perspective

Check out these ways to teach perspective in literature including free downloadable activities.

Although teachers often use the terms point of view and perspective interchangeably, there are differences.

The point of view focuses on who is the narrator of the story. Continue Reading

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Story Mapping

Learn about story mapping. Check out several teaching ideas. Download this free activity for students.

Story mapping is a strategy that uses graphic organizers to help students break down the text of a novel or short story. These visual representations help students examine different components of the story. Creating a story map improves students’ comprehension because they can more easily visualize the framework of a story.

Common Core

Creating a story map helps students practice a large number of Common Core skills as well. Continue Reading

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Summarizing Strategies

Summarizing Strategies - Teaching Ideas + Free Printable Resources

Teaching students to summarize text can be one of the most difficult skills you tackle the during this school year. This post offers six summarizing strategies to try. It also contains some general rules for students to follow as well as stem questions to look for on tests.

Be sure to download the free printable resources to teach summarizing strategies. The link can be found at the bottom of the post.  Continue Reading

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Six Ideas for Teaching Point of View

Check out these 6 ways to teach point of view including free downloadable activities.

Teaching points of view can be both challenging and fun. The Common Core State Standards includes a Point of View standard for each upper elementary grade level.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
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