Lesson Plan

Story Structure Rollercoaster

Reading can be a rollercoaster with its ups and downs! Use this lesson that features a rollercoaster-themed story map to teach your students about story structure and how to use a graphic organizer to visualize it.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify the elements of a fiction story using a story map graphic organizer.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(3 minutes)
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  • Ask students to discuss what the beginning, middle, and end of the day will look like in the classroom.
  • Read aloud the student objective and have students repeat it. Inform them that today’s lesson will be about identifying the story elements in a fiction story using a graphic organizer.

Beginning: Display the class's schedule and allow students to point to events and label them as Beginning, Middle, and End.

Intermediate: Have ELs discuss the beginning, middle, and end of the school day with a partner in their home language (L1) or English (L2).