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Piece-by-Piece

Andrea Raley

Description

Every story is made up of the same parts. Character, setting, and plot are the story elements. Each author has to use these in order to spark an interest in the reader. Students break apart stories, complete story webs, and make a Venn diagram in this lesson.

Objectives

The student understands the development of plot in a fourth grade level or higher story.

The student understands how conflicts are resolved in a story, including problem solution or resolution.

The student makes inferences and draws conclusions regarding story elements of a fourth grade or higher level text (for example, the traits, actions, and motives of characters; plot development; setting).

The student knows the similarities and differences of characters presented within and across fourth grade or higher level selections.

The student knows the similarities and differences of settings presented within and across fourth grade or higher level selections.

The student knows the similarities and differences of events presented within and across fourth grade or higher level selections.

Materials

-Book: Scieszka, Jon. [The True Story of the Three Little Pigs]. Puffin, 1996.
-Book: Galdone, Paul. [The Three Little Pigs]. New York: Clarion Books, 1984.
-Worksheets: Story Webs, Story Elements (See Associated File)
-Rubrics: Story Webs and Venn Diagrams (See Associated File)

Preparations

1. Print the Story Web and Story Elements Worksheets in the associated file and run copies for the students.
2. Print the Story Webs and Venn Diagrams rubrics in the associated file for teacher use.
3. Obtain copies of the books to share with the students.

Procedures

Note: The following lesson is used to teach elementary-age students the story elements, and it is a way to help improve their narrative writing skills. Students need a previous knowledge of a Venn diagram.

1. Teach the story elements: characters, setting, plot, and solutions.

2. Read the story [The Three Little Pigs] by Paul Galdone to the students.

3. Now using the Story Web worksheet (See Associated File), have the students identify in each circle the elements of a story: characters, setting, plot, and solutions.

4. Read the story [The True Story of the Three Little Pigs] by Jon Scieszka to the students.

5. Now using another Story Web worksheet (See Associated File), have the students identify in each circle the elements of a story: characters, setting, plot, and solutions.

6. Using the story webs that the students have created for each story, have the students complete the Story Elements Worksheet. (See Associated File)

7. Using the story webs that the students have created for each story, have the students compare and contrast them by creating a Venn diagram.

Assessments

Use the completed worksheets (See Associated File) to formatively assess the studentís ability to:
-understand the development of plot and how conflicts are resolved in a story.
-understand how conflicts are resolved in a story, including problem solution or resolution.
-make inferences and draw conclusions regarding story elements.
-know the similarities and differences of characters.
-know the similarities and differences of settings.
-know the similarities and differences of events.

Rubrics for the Story Webs and Venn Diagrams are included in the associated file to assess the studentsí work.

Extensions

1. Have the students create their own version of the three little pigs. First have them get their ideas together by creating a story web. Then once that is complete, have the students use it to create their own story.
2. If the students use a Literature Response Journal, have them write an entry for each version of the three little pigs that you read. Have them include in it a brief summary of each story and their thoughts about each one.

Web Links

Note: At the time of completion of this lesson, the Website was evaluated for its appropriateness for the classroom. However, the content of links is always changing, so please review it again before using it with your students. 1. Have the students visit the following Website. It is a short Web story and quiz. The students are to read the story and follow the directions to take the online quiz on story elements.
The Parts of a Story

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