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Analyzing Story Structure
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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
Lesson Plan
Story Rollercoaster
Story Rollercoaster
Worksheet
Story Rollercoaster
Use this fun story rollercoaster template to help young readers understand the different elements of a story. After students have finished their story, have them consider these who, what, where, why, and how questions as they relate to the plot.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
First- and Third-Person Point of View
First- and Third-Person Point of View
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Story Elements Map
Story Elements Map
Worksheet
Story Elements Map
This story map will help organize students' retelling of stories while reinforcing the concepts of sequencing, main idea, character traits, and setting.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Story Elements in Sentences
Story Elements in Sentences
Worksheet
Story Elements in Sentences
Use this resource to help your students identify story elements in sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Exploring Different Perspectives in Folktales
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
The Ants and the Grasshopper
The Ants and the Grasshopper
Worksheet
The Ants and the Grasshopper
Read Aesop's classic fable, then answer a few reading comprehension questions.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Big Book of Book Reports
The Big Book of Book Reports
Workbook
The Big Book of Book Reports
Make book reports a breeze with this workbook that contains plenty of pages for kids to thoroughly investigate and write about a book.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Map a Story
Map a Story
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Point of View
Point of View
Worksheet
Point of View
Young readers will discover how to identify the point of view of a story or text in this literacy worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Read Between the Lines
Read Between the Lines
Workbook
Read Between the Lines
When it comes to reading, it’s all about inferring. Kids can learn how to use clues in a text to understand a character’s thoughts or follow the action, in this book about jumping to conclusions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Main Ideas and Details
Main Ideas and Details
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Visual Elements
Analyzing Visual Elements
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
The Paper Bag Princess
The Paper Bag Princess
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
The House that Jack Built
The House that Jack Built
Worksheet
The House that Jack Built
Read this nursery rhyme classic, then answer a reading comprehension question.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Myths
Compare and Contrast Myths
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Myths
Introduce your students to two myths from different cultures.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Point of View: Being the New Kid
Point of View: Being the New Kid
Worksheet
Point of View: Being the New Kid
Have you ever been the new kid? Well, maybe you can relate to the character’s point of view. Use this resource with your students to practice identifying the point of view of a text and explaining the character’s opinions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Story Elements: Compare & Contrast
Story Elements: Compare & Contrast
Worksheet
Story Elements: Compare & Contrast
This worksheet helps students analyze the ways in which stories are similar and different.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Dialogue and Actions to Show Character Traits
Dialogue and Actions to Show Character Traits
Worksheet
Dialogue and Actions to Show Character Traits
Analyzing what a character says and does in a story can help determine their personality or character traits. This resource gives students practice in harnessing this important reading comprehension skill.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Children’s Stories, Poems, and Songs
Children’s Stories, Poems, and Songs
Workbook
Children’s Stories, Poems, and Songs
Well-loved favorites like "The Three Little Pigs" and "Five Little Monkeys" are featured in this sweet reading comprehension workbook. Read the stories, poems, and songs. Then, answer the thoughtful questions that follow.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Workbook
First vs. Third Person Narration
First vs. Third Person Narration
Worksheet
First vs. Third Person Narration
Students are asked to distinguish between first and third person narration as well as fiction or nonfiction writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Workbook
Reading Like a Writer, Writing Like a Reader
Reading and writing: You can't have one without the other! Get familiar with every facet of literature in this workbook. It's packed with literary analysis activities.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Story Structure Rollercoaster
Story Structure Rollercoaster
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.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Character Actions
Character Actions
Worksheet
Character Actions
Have students think about each character’s journey with this character-specific beginning, middle, and end story map. Students can complete maps for different characters, then compare and contrast!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet