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The Key Elements of Fictional Text

This lesson will provide your ELs with support as they learn about the key elements of fictional text, including characters, setting, and plot. Use as a stand alone activity or a support lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map lesson plan.

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Students will be able to explain the key elements of a fictional text.

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Students will be able to explain the key elements of a fictional text with verbs using a story map and paragraph frame for support.

Introduction

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  • Get out a familiar picture book that the students have heard read aloud previously in class. Using the cover to activate prior knowledge, ask students to think about the following questions:
    • Who are the characters in the story?
    • What is the setting of the story?
    • What is the plot of the story?
  • Ask students to do a think-pair-share with their elbow partner. Next, provide brief, student-friendly definitions of character, setting, and plot. Tell students that these are all examples of elements of a fictional text. Briefly review the difference between fiction and nonfiction, referring to books in the classroom library as necessary.