Analyzing Story Structure Lesson Plans

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Elements of a Story
Elements of a Story
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Elements of a Story
In this interactive lesson, your students will learn to identify four elements of a fictional story: characters, setting, problem, and solution.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding the Key Details
Finding the Key Details
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Finding the Key Details
Introduce students to fictional story elements with a book by first grade favorite, Mo Willems! This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Key Details
In this lesson, your students will explore reading with technology with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Students will use a graphic organizer to reflect on this story.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Characters Change Just Like We Do
Characters Change Just Like We Do
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Characters Change Just Like We Do
Change is inevitable, even for story characters! In this lesson, your students will determine how a character changes throughout a story by focusing on the character’s dialogue and actions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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First- and Third-Person Point of View
First- and Third-Person Point of View
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First- and Third-Person Point of View
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand which pronouns to use when writing from different points of view. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a support lesson for the *My View as an Ant* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
Give your students a chance to hone their reading comprehension skills as they learn about the characters, setting, and plot of their favorite fiction books by creating a story map.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
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Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Give your students the opportunity to explore the perspectives of different characters by using the "Circle of Viewpoints" Visible Thinking Routine from Harvard's Project Zero.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Map a Story
Map a Story
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Map a Story
This lesson will help your students summarize short stories and describe how characters respond to challenges using a story map. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Story Mapping Group Work lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Ideas and Details
Main Ideas and Details
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Main Ideas and Details
Take your students to a magical place by having them read stories such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Rumpelstiltskin." They can read these magical stories and figure out the main idea and details in them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Analyzing Visual Elements
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Give students many opportunities to see how visuals can influence a story's meaning. Show off your acting skills and read a great book to help them learn!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Paper Bag Princess
The Paper Bag Princess
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The Paper Bag Princess
In this lesson, students will practice listening comprehension skills after reading “The Paper Bag Princess” together as a class. Afterward, students will role-play, make inferences, and use summarization to strengthen literacy skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Story Structure Rollercoaster
Story Structure Rollercoaster
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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.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Learn Story Elements
Learn Story Elements
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Learn Story Elements
Through this lesson, your students will use academic vocabulary to discuss character traits, author's purpose, and the sequence of events in a story.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Pick Out the Parts of a Story
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Pick Out the Parts of a Story
Use this lesson to teach your students to identify story elements and compare them to another text's story elements. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Comparing Texts by the Same Author* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences About Feelings
Making Inferences About Feelings
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Making Inferences About Feelings
In this support lesson, your students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character's feelings in order to understand their perspective.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Scary Story Elements
Scary Story Elements
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Scary Story Elements
In this lesson, students will use conjunctions to compare and contrast scary stories. It can be taught independently or used as a pre-lesson to Using Story Elements to Compare and Contrast Fiction Texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
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Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
Get students curious about reading with these activities designed to support comprehension. This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Main Ideas and Details lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
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Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Pretending to be someone else is so much fun! In this hilarious lesson, students will get to take on the persona of a book character as they practice their question and answer skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Take a Walk: Reading Comprehension
Take a Walk: Reading Comprehension
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Take a Walk: Reading Comprehension
Take a walk together! In this lesson, your students will practice their listening and comprehension skills while walking in different ways.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Tea Time
Tea Time
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Tea Time
Students will love talking about what they've been reading when the story comes to life. This tea time activity nourishes students' confidence in addition to improving their reading comprehension skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Ethics
Searching for Ethics
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Searching for Ethics
Help students understand ethics and how it relates to life in the classroom with this lesson that has them use their own independent reading books to find relevant situations.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What Happened?
What Happened?
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What Happened?
Help your students' story telling abilities grow with this lesson that helps them recount what happened in a story and has them point out key details.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Whose Side of the Story?
Whose Side of the Story?
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Whose Side of the Story?
Allow your students to explore how stories may change depending on the perspectives from which they're told. Interesting texts and a creative writing assignment make this quite the engaging lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Two Perspectives
Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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