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How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books

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How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books
How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books
How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books
How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books
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The Power of Pattern in Plot

Question: How do we teach a child to effectively develop plot?

Answer:
The easiest way for a child to learn how to write is by imitation. Jon Scieszka, author of The Frog Prince Continued, claims most writers learn this way.

Source: Interview in book Author Talk by Leonard S. Marcus

Question: How do we teach a child to imitate without plagiarizing?

Answer: Take a picture book and see if it is possible to create a new story by:

*CHANGING the setting and characters, but KEEPING the main character's s motive (what the character wants or needs)

Show your students how authors do it by comparing these two books:
It's not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
Home for Christmas by Jan Brett

Both authors wrote a journey circle story about a character tired of his life who ran away and lived with other characters. Both books end with the characters happy to go home.
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How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books
How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books
How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books
How to Teach Story Plot through Imitating Picture Books