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Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 4th - 10th Standards
Wow, a resource that includes over 50 graphic organizers designed for reading comprehension! From story maps and plot elements to character traits and compare and contrast activities, this resource is sure to have the graphic organizer...
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Literature Study Guide: Slaughterhouse-Five

For Students 6th - 9th
Equipped with all the necessary components of a literary response, including a summary page, vocabulary list, a space for questions and answers, a story flow chart, and a character map, this resource is a superior way for students to...
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Theft

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The story Theft is about a stolen purse, compassion, and two misunderstood individuals. Young authors critically read the story to understand the events, details, and techniques used by the author to convey the narrators point of view....
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Lesson Plan: Before and After a Moment in Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Think about a moment, frozen in time. Now take a critical look at the painting, Better, Homes, Better Gardens. This painting works to provide learners the opportunity to analyze art, critique artist's choices, and write a story inspired...
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Printing and Publishing

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Explore African literature and artwork in a multicultural literacy and art lesson. Begin with a read aloud of Tiger and the Big Wind: A Tale from Africa, and afterward, have kids retell the main events in the story. They identify and...
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Major Regional Dialects

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
What does your dialect sound like? Examine variation in English as it relates to geographic regions with your class. They recognize some of the major differences between regional dialects and determine that everyone speaks a dialect....
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Knights of the Round Table adapted by Gwen Ross

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Everyone loves the tales involving King Arthur and his knights. After reading Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross, learners draw inferences and conclusions, analyze story elements, and discuss figurative language, including...
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Elena by Diane Stanley

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This story is bound to motivate your class. Learners read a story called Elena by Diane Stanley. The story is about a young woman who marries for love but is soon widowed during the Mexican Revolution. She takes her children to...
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Literature Study Guide: Siddhartha

For Students 6th - 10th
Though this book report form is labeled Siddhartha, the multiple-page format would work for any novel you are reading in class. Complete with a reading schedule, a summary page, a list of generic literature response questions, and a list...
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The First Strawberries

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore Cherokee legends. They read The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac, and then do several activities to help comprehension. They discuss the book and answer comprehension questions. In addition, they retell the...
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Map Your Setting

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
How better to get your writers painting a picture with words than to actually have them paint a picture? Well, drawing works just fine in this case, but the idea here is to get budding authors illustrating settings from their novel to...
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The "Write" Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Imaginative Writing

For Teachers 6th
A comprehensive and immersive series of lessons that examines various aspects of story development leads learners into writing a narrative of their own. Writers develop an understanding of the writing process as they use the learning...
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Migrations: Dance Stories about the Journeys of People

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often...
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Lesson Plan 17: Novel, Take 2

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
It's all about using peer resources in this writing process lesson, which includes a fantastic novel revision worksheet packet. Learners have read a partner's story draft the night before, and groups have a "lightning round of praise"...
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Under Construction

For Teachers K - 3rd
Young readers examine the elements of story structure that are included in all stories. They include these elements in their own written pieces. This phenomenally-designed plan has everything you need to easily implement it in your...
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Customary Units of Capacity and Weight

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Six straightforward word problems require learners to use customary units of capacity (pints, quarts, cups, gallons) on this assignment. In order to answer each question, they must write an explanation in the form of a mathematical...
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A Tale to Tell!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A creative spin occurs when one pupil acts as author Ann M. Martin. Using a Q & A at the back of her book A Dog's Life, other classmates ask the "author" questions. They discuss the reasons why they know the book is from a...
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Read Me A Story

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Big Bird and Zoe figure out how to get Maria to read them a story. In doing so, they list all of the reasons they love listening to stories. It can lead to a discussion of why reading is important.
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Telling Stories Through Dance

For Teachers K - 2nd
Examine the movement of characters in the story, Caps for Sale. Using the text, pupils invent gestures and movements for some of the actions and major events. They practice retelling a story by using the movements they developed. They...
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A Tale of Two Stories

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students develop their classification and math skills using the stories "The Three Little Pigs" (Galdone 1970) and "Cinderella" (Grimm and Grimm 1981). They compare the two stories using venn diagrams, simple maps, and problem solving.
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Organizing Main Ideas and Supporting Details

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Use a spider map and a concept map to record key elements of a story. After complete a 5W's worksheet about a historical short story, middle and high schoolers go on to create a PowerPoint with the information collected during reading...
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Nouns All Around

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
This excellent lesson has youngsters identify nouns in the world and categorize them according to words that name a person, place, or thing. They use the nouns in a KIDPIX on the computer.
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Gingerbread Sequencing

For Teachers K
The story, The Gingerbread Man, is used to help Kindergarteners understand the concept of sequencing. The class is divided into groups. Each group is given a set of cards depicting the steps involved in brushing teeth, tying shoes, going...
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The Mitten

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore the Ukraine through a reading of The Mitten. Readers will determine the sequence of events, cause and effect, make predictions, and find the main idea of the story. They also use math skills to make charts and graphs. Finally,...
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Theatrical Economics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story...
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You Can't Catch Me!

For Teachers 1st
What an engaging lesson plan! The Gingerbread Man is used to help young readers learn how to retell a story in order, and create projects about the story. Small groups are given pictures from the story, which are embedded in the plan,...
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Write on! Hooking the Reader

For Teachers 4th
How does one hook a reader? Fourth graders will brainstorm ways to "hook" the reader into a story they wrote. They will view online examples of using figurative language in a story. This is a great "show" not "tell" activity. Resources...
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Sequence of Events

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Here is a nicely-designed presentation that does a terrific job of explaining sequence of events in a story to young readers. They view slides that have photographs of worksheets on this topic, and the kids "fill them out" together....
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Transforming Word Problems into Number Sentences Transforming Word Problems into Number Sentences

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Practice using problem solving strategies by breaking down word problems into a series of visual "stair" steps. Learners restate what is being asked, locate word clues, eliminate unnecessary information, and determine the operation to be...
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Writing a Story

For Teachers K - 2nd
A terrific and meaningful presentation on story writing awaits your class. This really is a good one! Young writers are led through a series of slides that do a terrific job of teaching story elements, but the slides also stimulate their...
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Comic Strip Stories

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars use their knowledge of plot and sequencing of events to compose a narrative story using a comic strip. To begin, learners look at and listen to a comic strip then write a summary. The class brainstorms ideas for a comic strip...
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The Beauty of the Short Story

For Teachers 6th Standards
Put scholars in charge of their learning! Individuals read information, discuss what they learned, and put their new knowledge into practice—all in a complete and detailed resource. Activities include creating a literary terms handbook...
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Merging New Technology with Old Stories

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is your city's history a mystery to your class? Ever wonder if your county contains a bounty of folklore? Young computer scientists incorporate technology with time-honored tales during a project with both individual and group...
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Comprehension - Narrative Text Structure

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Give sequencing lesson plans a boost with the use of three graphic organizers that focus on a narrative's beginning, middle, and end. Scholars apply their knowledge of text structure with the help of a one pager, foldable, or a comic...
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Character Profile (Boy)

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Accompany narrative writing or reading with a graphic organizer designed to study a male character. Scholars examine the character traits, actions, sayings, appearance, and development that best describes a male character's personality.
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Character Profile (Girl)

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Accompany the narrative reading or writing process with a female character examination. Scholars look deeply into a specific character's traits including their appearance, sayings, actions, and the way she transforms throughout the story. 
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Make a Plan

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Begin the writing process with a well-though-out plan. Here, scholars document their ideas for a narrative story including characters, the setting, plot, conflict, resolution, and more! 
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We Can Work It Out: Challenge Activities (Theme 7)

For Teachers 1st Standards
Challenge pupils with a variety of We Can Work It Out themed activities. In a unit created to extend learning opportunities, scholars create a problem solving chart, a sequence of events chart, design a crop poster, make a plan to...
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The Geography of Folk Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Bring your traditional lesson on folk tales to the next level by combining it with a review of the five themes of geography! Pupils practice analyzing a story from a foreign country, apply their knowledge of the five themes, draw a map...
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Teaching Through Kamishibai and The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Young learners discover kamishibai, a popular Japanese storytelling art, and explore how these Japanese folktales illustrate the country's cultural themes and values through discussion and storyboarding. 
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Teaching Folklore

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Wonderful worksheets and activities complementing six sequential lessons are what you'll find in this unit on folklore. Pupils create folktales using literary devices and included story starters, compare and contrast different folklores,...
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Unlocking and Exploring Folktales

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Designed with many of the Common Core standards in mind, this 10-lesson unit is brimming with ELL strategies, teacher's notes, and the best of core instructional methods for teaching the common elements of folktales, and exploring...
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An Educator's Guide to Jan Brett

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Prepare to teach Jan Brett stories by taking a look at this teacher resource, which includes text-based questions, writing assignments, discussion ideas, and vocabulary practice for 18 different stories.
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A+ Writing Prompts

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Shake it up! Shake your tablet to bring up a unique writing prompt for journaling or blogging with your class. Shake again and a new one appears. Prompts can come from different categories (sketches, scenes, texts, words, news) to help...
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Plot Graph

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Any story can be mapped onto a plot graph. This particular chart includes the mountain shape of a traditional plot graph. Each element of plot is labeled on the page and surrounded by a box to make the words stand out. Learners write in...
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"The Inn of Lost Time" Comic Strip Assignment

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Has your class recently finished reading "The Inn of Lost Time" by Lensey Namoika? Engage your learners in a comic strip project for which they must retell the plot of one of the three stories in "The Inn of Lost Time." The resource...
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Point of View: How will your story be told?

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Selecting the point of view for your story isn't actually as easy as you might imagine. Will you choose first person? First person omniscient? Third person limited? Review your options with this PowerPoint. Many story writers don't...
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Action Through Art

For Teachers 7th - 12th
How can we make the world a better place? Help your class members become world citizens, active in philanthropy and the community around them. Use a comic book (included) to discuss the idea of philanthropy. Then, using the superhero...
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Sentences and Stories

For Students 3rd - 4th
A handy instructional activity is here for you to help coach your writers on how to construct a complete sentence, how to correctly punctuate it, and what kinds of words should go in them. After a discussion, pupils are charged with...
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Things To Remember When Writing a Story

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Here is a set of useful reminders for children to think about when writing stories. They are coached on when to capitalize letters, how to properly use punctuation marks, when to use lots of description words, and to remember to have a...
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Observation Assignment Template: The Long Valley

For Students 8th - 12th
Comprised of 12 short stories, The Long Valley is a collection published by author John Steinbeck. The graphic organizer provided here can be used with any of the 12 stories. Readers record characters, powerful quotations, a setting...
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Activity I: Exploring Theme

For Teachers 9th - 12th
All stories contain themes. Examine the theme of an assigned story (the lesson plan suggests To Kill a Mockingbird). Your class can either read a story or watch a DVD to analyze the main theme of the story. They identify terms such as...
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Chicken Story Pyramid

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students explore the elements of fictional text. In this story elements lesson, students read Chicken Said "Cluck" and create a pyramid of story elements identified in class. Students then read a nonfiction text about chickens and create...
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Lesson: The Power of Story

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Universal themes found throughout the world in the form of stories is the topic of today's instructional activity. Upper graders analyze the cultural context of the Mithila piece, Hanuman. They consider the universal themes the image...
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Different Strokes For Different Folktales

For Teachers K - 1st
Young readers use graphic organizers, such as Venn diagrams and story maps, to analyze a variety of folktales and the elements of a story. They use writing, sequencing activities, and creative art to identify the morals learned from a...
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Literature Study Guides: Of Mice and Men

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Here is a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task. You'll find graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a story plot flow chart, and a character map....
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Story Map Graphic Organizer

For Students 6th - 9th
Pair this story map with any short story of your choice. The reader studies the characters, setting, conflict, and the story's major events. Or, provide this sheet for your budding writers to create their own stories. A clear graphic...
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Creative Writing Workshop (Middle, Reading/Writing)

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Bring this lesson into your unit about creative writing and precise language. First, middle schoolers create a piece of writing with the help of their classmates. In the second part of this workshop, they edit their own piece of writing....
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The Great Brain

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Do you have a class set of The Great Brain? If so, check out this richly detailed guided reading lesson plan. Before, during, and after reading activities are provided for every chapter as well as comprehension and interpretive...
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Cartoon Stories

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
All ages love to engage in cartoon writing –- little do they know that they actually learn quite a bit from it! In an instructional session focused on literacy syntax and vocabulary, your pupils work cooperatively to draw six pictures...
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Interjected Emotions!

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Emergent authors complete sentences they hear during a read aloud of David Shannon's book No, David!. They examine the text, noting the location and purpose of punctuation marks, especially in dialogue. They then create dialogue prior to...
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Walking in the Woods with Owl Moon

For Teachers 4th
Kids will think of a special time they spent with a special person as inspiration for their personal narratives. They'll read and then create a flow map for the story Owl Moon. Then they will brainstorm their own narrative using the flow...
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Stories That Sparkle

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Picture books provide the impetus for a study of how authors make plots seem real and characters interesting. After reading several books, class members list the techniques the authors used to enliven their stories and then craft their...
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Descriptive Language and Theme

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Get ready to explore themes with a session rich in modeling that includes both worksheets and an assessment recording sheet. The class completes a pre-assessment to determine their understanding of theme and how to identify it. They read...
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Ag Libs

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
What do farmers do? Introduce young agriculturists to this booming industry in a fun way, incorporating multiple studies and learning styles. Scholars read (or listen to) a brief informational text about the role of American farmers,...
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The Case of the Hungry Stranger

For Teachers K - 2nd
Introduce your readers to the mystery genre with The Case of the Hungry Stranger. Learners help solve the mystery, making inferences as they read and answering comprehension questions altogether. The writing assignment asks beginners to...
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A Box for Bobo

For Teachers K - 2nd
Encourage sharing and collaboration among your young ones. Read A Box for Bobo and discuss what happens when Raf, the main character, does not share with his friend Bobo, and later wants what Bobo has. Prediction and reading...
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New Ways

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Help your learners analyze story structure in chapters 1-6 of Dawn McMillan's book New Ways. Take a look at the cover, talk about new terms, and discuss the plot together. The second day continues with more questions and vocabulary. This...
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Create a Book with Student Treasures

For Teachers 1st - 6th
You can't publish a story until after it has been revised and edited! Budding authors investigate the writing process while drafting an original story. They select a topic, complete a rough draft, edit it, revise it, and finally publish...
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Jeffrey and Sloth: Six Traits of Writing

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Use drawings as inspiration. Have learners doodle for 10 minutes before beginning the lesson. Then, have them use their doodles to inspire a story. Several writing activities are included here to play with writing. One of my favorites...
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Splitting Bears

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Explore sequencing with first and second graders. As a group, they listen to the story Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett, and then generate important events from the story as the teacher writes them on the board. They also get to cut out a...
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Just the Facts, Ma'am

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Elementary learners identify the main elements of story structure and form questions to summarize their reading. They listen as the teacher reads a story and then write questions to determine (1) main characters, (2) setting, (3)...
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What is a Philanthropist?

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
What does a philanthropist do? Help your class explore philanthropy using character development and literacy ideas. Learners will define and give examples of philanthropy, listen to The Lion and the Mouse, discuss how the characters help...
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Folklore for Primary Students

For Teachers K - 2nd
Study folklore and its various criteria with your class. Young readers write original folktales and create visual displays. Individuals present their works to the rest of the class and compare the features of their stories with the...
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Dressing Up

For Teachers K - 2nd
Did you ever play dress up? Tap into your learners' imaginations with the story Dressing Up. Young ones visually explore the costumes displayed and answer reading comprehension questions. After reading, they get to add their own pretend...
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A Surprise For Jack

For Teachers K - 3rd
Work on making inferences with your class by reading A Surprise for Jack. Some vocabulary and rhyming words are listed along with quite a few reading comprehension questions. Learners demonstrate their understanding in a class discussion...
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An Onomatopoetic Field Trip

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Using Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root as a model, guide your primary readers through the writing process (with an emphasis on story structure) to craft an imaginary field trip story rich in onomatopoeia. Links to student models,...
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Sequencing The Mitten

For Teachers K - 2nd
Practice sequencing as a comprehension strategy. Have your class listen to The Mitten by Jan Brett and participate in guided practice with sequencing events. Then divide everyone into three groups based on understanding for independent...
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Tornado

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Readers build text-analysis skills by working through read and respond activities for the book, Tornado by Betsy Byars. This detailed plan provides worksheets and supports for thorough skill development. Using this resource will make...
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Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One...

For Teachers K - 2nd
Explore language arts by reading two similar stories in order to compare and contrast them in class. Young readers read two Aunt Isabel books, by Kate Duke, and discuss the main characters, plot, and setting. They complete a graphic...
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Establishing a Point of View in Narratives

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Your readers study first and third person point of view and then rewrite classic tales. Richly detailed, the six-part plan provides considerations for beginning, proficient, and advanced learners. Included are suggestions for...
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Mountain Dialect -- Reading Between the Spoken Lines

For Teachers 8th Standards
This activity is intended to follow-up or reinforce concepts learned relating to the Great Depression, antebellum period, and the turn of the twentieth century. Learners conduct research and read about North Carolina during one of the...
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Language and Dialect

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Practice listening skills while studying oral story tellers from different parts of Louisiana. Consider the regional dialects and insider language of folk groups with your class. Identify language as part of folk life and recognize that...
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Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars read and re-write, in Standard English, a short selection from Dovey Coe and note importance of use of dialect in novel. Then they examine their own use of dialect in everyday speech, and write a narrative using both casual...
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Understanding Dialect as Used by Mark Twain

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A reading of Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County not only offers pupils an opportunity to practice their listening skills but also provides them with examples of dialectic speech. This is the gol’derndest lesson...
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Digital Storytelling

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Scholars of all ages can use the various tools of technology to construct and illustrate a story. Utilizing this resource, learners work with a partner to brainstorm and draft a story based on personal experience. They use computer...
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Make a Memory with Movie Maker

For Teachers 8th - 12th
There is nothing more exciting than allowing learners to express themselves through a creative medium. In groups, they write narrative stories, focusing on building a strong storyline and dialogue. Next, they transform their stories into...
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Telling Stories in Art: Symbols of a Life

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Through a series of activities, learners are exposed to how artists use symbolic imagery to create the narrative of a subject’s life. They study The Birth of Alexander and some manuscripts kept at J. Paul Getty Museum. They then draft...
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Composing and Illustrating Homeric Similes

For Teachers 9th Standards
If you're beginning The Odyssey and would like to address figurative language and basic story elements, this resource could be useful. Over the course of two days, class members identify the main events, explore characters, identify...
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Applying Ahimsa to Traditional Stories

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Investigate the life of Mahatma Gandhi by researching non-violent lifestyles. Learners define the word ahimsa and discuss the personal characteristics that made Gandhi a peaceful warrior. They also create a poster about the story "The...
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Literature Circle Guides: Shiloh

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Response to literature and collaborative group discussion are the key foci of this thorough guide to teaching Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Newbery-winning novel Shiloh. Detailed sections enable readers to examine each chapter in depth....
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Strega Nona: Retell Song Lyrics

For Students K - 2nd
Need a fun way to retell a great story? Here are song lyrics that retell the Tomi De Palo classic, Strega Nona. There are two songs, the first tells the story of Strega Nona (sung to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?") and the second warns...
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Problematic Situations For A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Class members assume the role of one of the characters in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Writing as that character, they defend a decision he/she made. Groups then are presented with problematic situations that  parallel those of...
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Reading Comprehension: Thor and Sif

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Expose your readers to the fascinating legends of Norse Gods Thor and Sif. They read a brief introduction about traditional stories and myths then read several paragraphs on these figures, marking unknown words as they go. Learners look...
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Reading Practice: Peter Rabbit

For Students 1st - 2nd Standards
Oh, that naughty Peter Rabbit! Youngsters read an excerpt aloud from the classic Beatrix Potter story "The Tale of Peter Rabbit." They retell the story in their own words and discuss the events. Readers make inferences about various...
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Discussing Nonfiction and Fiction Text Features

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Scholars compare and contrast nonfiction and fiction text features. They define and identify nonfiction text features such as glossary, table of contents, charts, bold words, and headings. Then they read nonfiction independently to...
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Write On! Narrative Writing

For Students 3rd - 7th
Before starting a project that uses narrative writing, present your class with this guide! They brainstorm the topic, decide what the problem will be, how it escalates, and how it is resolved. They also decide on an ending. Then, using...
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Reading Comprehension: My Lucky Day

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Tell a story using pictorial representations as textual support. Special education pupils reading at an elementary level will enjoy identifying characters and other story elements while increasing their vocabulary with their handy PECS...
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Build a Connection

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Learners discuss their personal connections with stories they've read in the past and identify techniques to connect with more stories. They create illustrations, construct task cards, and complete sentence stems based on books they read...
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Weaving Picture Books into Narrative Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Children's picture books are a great resource for identifying and modeling components of narrative writing. A fun and interactive lesson about elements of a story prompts your class to use descriptive language as they analyze characters...
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Six Traits of Writing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Middle schoolers identify writing techniques in example stories with this story structure lesson. After reading the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, they find the differences between it and the original version....
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Time Flies

For Teachers 6th - 8th
To strengthen middle school readers' mastery of plot structure, have them read several children's books and summarize each on a separate index card. They develop themes from the books by analyzing plot. Best practices for working with...
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Predicting a Mystery's Solution

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Practice making informed predictions. Have your class create a paper fortune-teller and ask questions about the future. They compare the fortune-telling process to the more informed kind of predictions they make while reading. They...
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Reading Comprehension: Myth About Fire

For Students 3rd Standards
No matter what you read, you can always practice locating the main idea and key details to increase reading comprehension. Third graders read about an Aboriginal myth, they then complete three short-answer questions using key details...
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Illustrating the Elements of a Story

For Students 6th - 8th
Explore the elements of a story with this two-page graphic organizer. Readers write and draw descriptions of each element, including setting, plot, conflict, rising action, climax, dialogue, and narration.
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Identify the Five Elements of a Short Story

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Help your class to learn to identify the key elements of a short story using previously read works. They work in small groups to answer questions about point-of-view, conflict, characters, and setting. Then, they use a graphic organizer...
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Write On! - Story Elements Details

For Students 6th - 8th
Identify story elements with your middle schoolers. Readers will identify the setting, main characters, plot, exposition, and conflict, but best of all, they'll explain how they know each of these story elements. 
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Ordering Stories

For Students 1st Standards
What happened first? Learners examine four sets of images to sequence events using ordinal numbers. There is an example to get them started, and the first two have three pictures to organize. The final story is more challenging with four...
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A Fantasy Story: Baby Bear's Space Journey

For Students K - 1st Standards
Give this literacy worksheet to your beginning readers to help them draw out key details and retell in their own words. They read a short fantasy story about a bear in space which includes dialogue, onomatopoeia, and a simple story line....
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Analyzing a Plot Conflict

For Teachers 6th - 7th Standards
Sixth graders analyze plot conflict with science fiction and TV programs. After discussing the conflict, they identify solutions for the programs selected. They examine Only You Can Save Mankind for conflict, and consider ways the...
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The Effects of Character Decisions

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Learners explore characters' decisions. They play a card game in which they match a decision card with a direct effect card. Then they examine characters from The Wizard of Oz, record important decisions that they make on index cards,...
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Picturing the Story

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Practice story analysis in a narrative writing activity. Elementary and middle schoolers analyze a movie's characters, setting, dialogue, and theme. They use these elements and analysis to create a new story about the characters. A great...
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Multiply Fractions

For Students 4th - 6th
Use this multiplying fractions practice worksheet to have learners sharpen their problem solving skills as they solve six story problems.
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Comprehension: Identify Story Grammar

For Teachers K - 1st
This fully scripted lesson could be a big help for someone new to teaching Kindergarten. It outlines what you should do and say as you teach grammar and literary elements such as, main character, setting, and events through reading. The...
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Listening Comprehension: Retell Main Events of a Story

For Teachers K
Story retell is a very important skill. Little learners use a story map and a previously heard story to walk through the retell and story sequencing process. They complete this activity as a whole class and then on their own. 
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The Personal Narrative

For Teachers 5th - 8th
After writing a personal narrative, learners edit their work and that of their classmates. Using the imbedded link, pupils edit their paper. They form small groups and check each other's papers for spelling, grammar usage, sentence...
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Tales Once Told

For Teachers 7th - 10th
If you are looking for a lesson to cap off a unit on myths, legends, fables, and folktales, this is a solid option. Readers analyze additional stories in the genre to identify common elements to this type of literature. It includes group...
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Once Upon a Time...

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Third through sixth graders complete a unit on the art of storytelling, folktales, and fairy tales. They explore various websites, create a story, and demonstrate storytelling techniques. Additionally, they listen to classmates retell...
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Those Fabulous Fables

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A video leads off this activity on fables, introducing the class to this important form of traditional storytelling. The group defines fable and hears an explanation of the origin of this type of folk tale. They summarize the story they...
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Narrative Writing: Using Exact Words

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Review the narrative writing process with your emerging story writers. They read a sample narrative and identify five vague verbs that could be replaced with a more exact, exciting verb. Then they write a personal narrative making sure...
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Folktale Fun

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Use centers to support study of folktales and writing. A "Jack Tale" refers to a retelling of the classic fairy tale "Jack and the Bean Stalk." Pupils rotate through literature centers in groups. They listen to a "Jack Tale," revise a...
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Morality "Tails" East and West: European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Have your class explore Buddhist Jataka Tales to compare and contrast them to European fables. After defining fables, Jataka tales, and the elements of each, learners identify themes and patterns for both types of narratives and the...
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Retelling Stella Louella's Runaway Book: Point of View

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Stella Louella’s Runaway Book launches a study of point of view and storytelling. After reading the tale, class members retell the story from the point of view of another character. The scripted plan, developed by a teacher candidate,...
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Summarization

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Model writing a summary with The Fall of Freddie the Bat. Of the ten events in the story, class members help you select the five most important. After working independently on another story, class groups act out a nursery rhyme by freeze...
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Which Story Matches the Given Theme?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Model for young learners how to determine the theme of a story. Read aloud Aesop’s The Fox and the Stork. Chart the plot and the main idea of the fable, showing class members how these elements support the theme. Fable titles for guided...
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The Mitten

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Explore children's literature by researching a book and it's author. Youngsters read the story The Mitten by Jan Brett and discuss the animals and characters mentioned in the story. Then, they practice retelling their favorite portion of...
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Visualization: Cricket in Times Square

For Teachers 4th
After reading The Cricket in Times Square chapter titled "Caught in the Kitchen," learners list three describing details about the characters and setting. Groups collaborate to find sensory details to support their character assertions....
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The Bumper Cars

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Your readers look at and listen to The Bumper Cars and discuss the motivations, actions, and feelings of the characters in the story. They define vocabulary terms from the text and analyze illustrations that convey story elements.
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Book Discussions in a Reading Partnership

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Do you have a lot of different reading levels in your class? Pair kids up by level and have them choose a book to read independently. They will make predictions, ask questions, make connections, etc. Consider creating a general reading...
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Developing a Topic for Writing Using an Idea Web

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Teach your upper graders how to use an idea web to develop a topic for writing. After reading a variety of stories about friendship (a list of stories with the theme of friendship is included), model using an idea web. Class members...
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Come Fly with Me . . . Open a Book: Travels through Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
This detailed overview of a curriculum unit suggests using travel literature to engage and stimulate your third graders’ interest in reading. The suggested reading list includes fiction and non-fiction materials and offers urban children...
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Story Elements that Support the Theme

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Three great graphic organizers guide readers to see how the elements of plot and main idea can be charted to reveal the theme of a story. Model the process on the provided Direct Teaching Teacher Graphic Organizer using Aesop’s The...
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Antagonist

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Young learners explore the antagonist. They retell Hansel and Gretel and identify the witch and the stepmother as antagonists. They then brainstorm common character traits of an antagonist, and then write a paragraph describing an...
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In the Park

For Students Pre-K - 3rd
In this writing instructional activity, learners look at a picture of a park and write a story about the picture. Students write their story on the lines provided on the instructional activity.
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Alphabet Poems

For Teachers K - 1st
Develop fluency with a variety of works. Help kindergartners use multiple strategies to understand text and decoding. They will create an alphabet poem book on Kid Works 2 to illustrate and write their own poem. In the end, they will...
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Comparing and Contrasting Yourself to a Character

For Teachers 1st - 2nd Standards
First and second graders explore character as a story element. They  listen to the first part of the story First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and observe the teacher modeling a compare and contrast characters activity. Learners listen...
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ELD Lesson Plan: We Can Do It!

For Teachers 1st
Bears, fireflies, and Frog and Toad come together in this ELD lesson, which is based on a collection of Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Two Greedy Bears," "Fireflies for Nathan," and "The Hat (Frog and Toad)"). Three differentiated levels...
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Folk Tales

For Teachers K - 3rd
Have your learners read a folktale? Explore some popular folktales with your class. Read Little Red Riding Hood and discuss the elements that make up this type of reading. Learners then investigate the characters and settings before...
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Order of Events

For Teachers 1st - 2nd Standards
Read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and put the events of the story in order. Each event is written on a sentence strip and while the teacher reads, listeners can arrange the strips inthe correct order. After reading, reshuffle the...
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Kiwi Story Chain

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Write a story as a class.  In this writing lesson, each person takes turns writing one to two sentences onto the paragraph given about Kim the Kiwi bird, including characters and events.  Altogether, brainstorm a title for the story....
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Sharing My Older Friend With Others

For Teachers K - 6th
Elementary learners explore the difference between aged characters and young characters in literature. They use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast the attributes given to both younger and older characters in different pieces of...
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Story Elements

For Students K - 2nd
Need a graphic organizer to help young readers list the events in a story? This worksheet includes the story title, author, setting, and characters split into four sections. Make charting story elements easy with this resource.
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Identifying Setting Using Evidence from the Text

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
Help young readers find the setting in the story. They will review what a setting is with a modeled example by the teacher. After reading The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down by Paul Brett Johnson and completing a practice sheet, they will be...
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Story Mapping

For Teachers K - 2nd
Fill-out a story map to help your scholars with pre-writing. They will use a story map template to pre-write. They also organize their ideas into steps which become the foundation for their first draft. Concrete objects are brought in to...
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Summarizing Stories

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore reading comprehension by analyzing a story in class. Your class will read Jack and the Beanstalk in class and discuss the characters, plot, and settings. They will also read a personally chosen fairy tale on their own and...
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Where

For Teachers K Standards
Kindergartners identify where a story takes place. In this literature instructional activity, learners take a picture walk and discuss how pictures can provide clues to the location of the story. They then illustrate where a new story of...
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Reading and Writing for Understanding: Booker T. and Langston Hughes

For Teachers K - 5th
Explore famous Americans by viewing a slide-show presentation and reading their works. Learners view images of poetry by Langston Hughes and famous writings by Booker T. Washington. They read the book More Than Anything Else, and...
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Dusty Locks and the Three Bears

For Teachers K
Read this twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Dusty Locks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell. Kindergartners listen, predict, and discuss the story. They then participate in a dramatization of the story and draw a picture to...
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Digesting a Unit

For Teachers K - 2nd
Primary learners create an original story using the objects and items provided to them. They create an edible setting after having chosen their own story characters and named them. They work in peer groups, with leaders guiding them...
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Kids in a Booth

For Teachers K - 1st
In the story Kids in a Booth, nicknames are important tools in the characterization of the people described. Encourage your readers to pay attention to details such as names and why an author might have chosen those names. Some...
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The Lost Valentines

For Teachers K - 1st
Encourage caring and helpful attitudes by reading The Lost Valentines. Perfect to read near Valentine's Day, this story focuses on a boy losing all his Valentine cards at school and getting upset. Talk about feelings and how his...
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick Up the Pears

For Teachers K - 3rd
Work on making predictions and analyzing potential problems for the story Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears. Vocabulary words and questions are listed to help your learners develop inferences. Some creative writing potential is...
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Story Literary Elements

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Ten entertaining slides will amuse your elementary students as you describe and give examples of storytelling elements. Foreshadowing, the protagonist, conflict, characters, setting, climax, point of view and the antagonist are all...
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ELD Lesson Plan: One Land, Many Trails

For Teachers 5th
Explore the Wild West with this lesson, which accompanies four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("A Boy Called Slow," "Pioneer Girl," "Black Cowboy, Wild Horses," and "Elena"). Learners practice making applications to the text, as well as...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Journeys

For Teachers 4th
From the Titanic to the Iditarod, your ELD pupils will be on a whirlwind adventure with these four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Akiak," "Grandfather's Journey," "Finding the Titanic," and "By the Shore of Silver Lake"). By practicing their...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Special Friends

For Teachers 1st
Discuss the value of friendship with these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("When I Am Old with You," "The New Friend," "The Surprise Family"). ELD pupils can practice making predictions, compare and contrast characters, and note...
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Two Settings

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Learners respond to the text Riding Freedom. They will compare and contrast two settings by filling in a graphic organizer. They explore different settings, discuss the reasons why settings change, and draw conclusions using descriptive...
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Scrambled Stories II

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Review story elements with your class. They will use examples from a story to develop critical-thinking questions. Then they use a graphic organizer to describe the setting, character, and plot of the story, focusing on how they...
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Friendship Addition

For Teachers 1st
Compute single digit addition problems. In this friendship addition instructional activity, 1st graders collaborate to add two sets of things together after hearing the problem read aloud by the teacher.
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Interpreting Characters, Setting, Plot, and Theme - The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Examine story development and historical disaster with your class. Learners view a video depicting the incidents surrounding The Triangle Shirtwaist Disaster. They use graphic organizers and the Internet to gather enough information to...
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Sequencing

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Are you looking for a way to teach sequence of events in your narrative writing unit? Bring this activity to your middle school class, as it prompts young writers to create a narrative sequence map of events that have happened at school...
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Photostory

For Teachers 6th
So much fun! After reading and summarizing each chapter of the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, pupils will create a Photostory. The class is divided into six groups, each responsible for summarizing, story boarding, and creating a...
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Keyboarding - Story Grafting

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Bring some humor and fun to your keyboarding or language arts class! Middle and high schoolers begin a story in response to a prompt and then move from keyboard to keyboard, continuing to add to the story while the monitor is turned off....
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Ramona Quimby Age 8

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Explore story structure by reading a classic children's book. In this character study lesson, youngsters read the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and discuss themes, settings and characters in the book. They answer study questions and define...
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Events That Support a Theme

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Read the story Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter by John Steptoe to your class, then have them identify story events that support a given theme. They read Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman and complete a worksheet in which they list examples of...
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Story Stew

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students identify the elements of a story. In this reading and writing activity, pupils read the book, Tyrone the Horrible by Hans Wihelm and then identify the characters, setting, and plot of the story.This activity includes adaptations...
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Character Comparison

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Read two stories and compare and contrast two characters using the Venn diagram included. The activities focus on identifying the characters' actions, emotions, and motives. Then the class discusses the characters' similarities and...
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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse: Kevin Henkes

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Kevin Henkes has composed a series of books in which Lilly the mouse is a main character. Third graders use illustrations and key details as they compare and contrast the books, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and another story staring the...
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Adventure Stories

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Have your class write adventure stories. In a step-by-step manner, learners discuss techniques that can be used to make their stories interesting and complete. They analyze the purpose of the story, the ways they can generate excitement,...
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Retelling

For Teachers K - 1st
Explore language arts by completing a story worksheet in class. Readers will identify the importance of plot, setting, and character while they write their own short story. They also retell their story to a classmate and participate in a...
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Gingerbread Man Retell

For Teachers K
Explore the concept of retelling a story with the Gingerbread Man. Read various gingerbread man stories with your class. They will create character puppets and retell the story to one another and in small groups. Additionally, they will...
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The Setting

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
One of the most important elements of a story is the setting; when and where the story takes place. This presentation gives young writers excellent tips on how to create a setting by using visuals, time, description, and interesting...
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I Am An Author

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Analyze and interpret a literary work your class has read during the course. After reading a variety of literary works, middle schoolers alter the ending of a selection by creating an alternate ending. They generate five comprehension...
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Mixing Colors with Little Blue and Little Yellow!

For Teachers K - 1st
Experiment with various colors to create new colors to eventually have your class write their own version of the story by Leo Lionni entitled Petit Bleu et Petit Jaune. Young writers will retell the story and then create their own colors...
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Missing: One Princess

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Catalyze your classroom's creativity with this PowerPoint. It provides young writers with a general idea of a story about a missing princess, different characters, and step-by-step writing instructions from beginning to end. There are...
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Story Openings

For Teachers 4th - 8th
What a terrific exploration of writing! This resource focuses on how to write a great beginning for a narrative piece. It is a thoughtful and helpful look at this topic.
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The Cat in the Hat

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders listen to a read-aloud of Dr. Seuss', The Cat in the Hat. They use drawing software to illustrate the beginning, middle, and end of the story. They then print out their illustrations before placing them in sequential order.
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EdTech Tuesdays: Signed Stories

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
A tablet can be a great visual tool for the classroom, and this American sign language tool could be just what you're looking for. Rich and Jennifer provide an overview of the app and point out the features that would be great for...
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EdTech Tuesdays: FriendStrip Kids Pro

For Teachers 1st - 7th
Comics in the classroom? Of course! For an overview of the FriendStrip Kids Pro app, and ideas for use in the classroom, you can watch this quick video. Jennifer and Rich take you step-by-step through how to edit a comic strip, and how...
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The Cheshire Cookie

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Abby ends up lost in a strange place with only the Cheshire Cookie Monster for a guide. Use this story as a model and then ask children to practice using their storytelling abilities to tell their own tale.
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The Princess And The Pea

For Teachers Pre-K - K
The famous story of the princess and the pea is parodied in this film. This resource is a great way to delve into storytelling and the way anyone can tell a tale and turn it into their own.
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Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Amy Tan tells the story of Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat. This story, written by Tan, has beautiful pictures and descriptive words that make it an engaging experience. As part of a discussion of reading appreciation, a teacher could...
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¿Quién está durmiendo? / Who is Sleeping?

For Teachers 1st - 9th
All the animals are asleep for the night, except for one! Spanish learners can find out who it is by putting together and coloring a little book. Each of the eight pages includes text and images. See the materials for two additional...
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Write a Short Story

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students compare two paintings, depicting urban life in America in the 1940's, answering a series of questions, then create a short story about the paintings' characters. They compare 'Nighthawks' and 'Nightlife.'
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Irony in "The Gift of the Magi"

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Use O. Henry's ubiquitous tale of love and poverty to explore irony. After reading the story, middle schoolers identify examples of all three kinds of irony in the story. With partners, they brainstorm original examples of irony. Then...
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Palace Adventure

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young language arts learners write and illustrate a short fantasy story based on the book Corduroy. First, learners need to develop a character. Then, through their writing and illustrations, they take their characters on adventures...
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A Magic Seed

For Teachers 2nd Standards
What makes this lesson rich is its focus on having pupils use critical-thinking skills to compare a variety of fairy tales. They use "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Magic Seed," and different versions of Cinderella to identify the...
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How Many Ducks in the Pond?

For Students K - 1st
Kindergarten counters will be delighted to doddle with the ducks pictured on a two-page illustrated worksheet. The six story problems and two equations ask learners to add and subtract as the ducklings dabble in the pond.  An answer...
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My First Book

For Teachers K - 2nd
Introduce young writers to the process of writing a book. Start by reading a book of your choice and discussing the essential elements of any book such as the cover, story, and illustrations as well as who is responsible for each...
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The Harlem Renaissance Births a Black Culture

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the men and women who were a part of the Harlem Renaissance. Individually, they recreate their favorite pieces of art from the time period and create their own original works after reading poem from the movement. In...
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Passages of Dialogue

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Help your learners use dialogue in their stories. This presentation explores the use of dialogue in narratives. It is a comprehensive and thoughtful look at this topic.
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Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy: Red Herrings

For Teachers 6th Standards
Don't be fooled by red herrings! Examine the mysteries of Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy by Wendelin Van Draanen with a lesson that highlights the use of red herrings and teaches scholars how to avoid being mislead by them. 
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Literature Response

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Conduct a quick book report with this response page. Learners examine characters and plot and come up with an original title for the story.
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Caps for Sale

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Bring to life a class reading of the children's book Caps for Sale with this printable set of manipulatives. Color, laminate, and cut out these pictures of the peddler, his caps, the tree, and the monkeys, using them act out the story as...
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Teachers' Resource Kit - Taming the Sun

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
For thousands of years, people have been creating stories to explain their observations of the natural world. Explore this interesting literary form with this series of activities complementing the book Taming the Sun: Four Maori...
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What Goes Up Must Come Down

For Teachers 4th - 7th
After your class has completed The Cay by Theodore Taylor, assess understanding of the plot. First, model how to fill out a plot line for your class. Next, have class members fill in the plot of The Cay on the provided story map. Invite...
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Plot Structure PowerPoint Presentation

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A plot diagram helps readers visualize the structure of a story. Here’s a presentation that expands upon the traditional diagram and examines plot components (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) as well as...
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Fundamentals of Dialogue

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The conventions of written dialogue are the focus of a PowerPoint that explains the purpose of dialogue formatting and dialogue tags. Also included is an exercise that asks viewers to craft a scene for three individuals employing what...
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Story Structure Slide Show

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Analyzing the sequence of actions in dramatic stories leads to deeper comprehension of story structure. The class identifies the main actions in each section of a story and develops frozen tableau's for the identified actions of the...
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Create - A - Story

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Apply the elements of a story to create an original story. They select a character, setting, and plot out of a bag, and write an original story tying the three story elements together.