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Activity Overview

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, which helps students develop greater understanding of how the events fit together to provide the overall structure of the story.

This example identifies six main events:

  1. Reuven tells Aaron to bring Zlateh to the butcher so the family will have enough money for Hanukkah.
  2. The family is devastated to lose Zlateh; they cry and say goodbye to her.
  3. On the way to the village, a massive snowstorm hits and Aaron loses his way.
  4. Aaron finds shelter in a haystack; he survives by milking and cuddling with Zlateh.
  5. Aaron and Zlateh have a stronger bond than ever, and Aaron vows never to give her up.
  6. On the fourth day, Aaron makes his way back home; his family is delighted about their return, and never consider taking Zlateh to the butcher shop again.
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/5] Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

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