Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Parts of a StoryCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/1] Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
An exceptional way to help your students follow a story is to have them track the events from it. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of a plot, it also reinforces major events, and helps students develop greater understanding of literary structures. For a novel that has multiple plots, this is an excellent way for students to keep them all straight. At the elementary level, there are numerous ways to plot the Parts of a Story.
Teachers can ask students to create a storyboard that captures the concept of the narrative arc in a novel by using any of the examples which come with templates found on the Parts of a Story article.
Example Holes Plot Summary
Stanley Yelnats believes his family is cursed because of his great- great-grandfather's failure to fulfill a promise to Madame Zeroni.
Stanley is accused of stealing a pair of shoes and is sent to a boy's detention camp.
At the camp, the boys are made to dig holes all day. Stanley makes a friend named Zero, and he finds a lipstick container.
The curse of this family is lifted when he carries Zero to the top of the mountain.
The boys spend a week away from the camp, eating onions, before they decide to go back and look for the treasure.
With the curse lifted, the two boys’ luck turns around; they find the treasure, get out of the camp, Stanley’s dad invents a foot odor eliminator, Zero finds his mom, the camp is shut down, and everything is just perfect!
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Create a visual Event Arch of Holes.
- Separate the story into the Introduction, Problem, Events, Climax, Problem is Resolved, and Conclusion.
- Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story parts.
- Write a description of each of the steps in the Event Arch.
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