This is a great packet that will help students to think about who the characters are in the book, identify conflict and resolution, as well as, create alternate solutions. Students will journal to increase understanding of literary elements. I have used this method in my classroom and found it to be a great tool for gauging student understanding. Included in the packet:
*Character map graphic organizer - this will challenge students to describe the characters, illustrate to clarify their ideas about the character.
* Conflict map graphic organizer -this help students identify why the conflict occurs and determine what happened to resolve the conflict. For higher order thinking, have students to resolve conflict a different way and explain what would happen.
* Journal pages - there are 4 included in the packet. 2 are for elementary and 2 for upper elementary. You could also use the upper elementary pages for higher students in lower grades.
* Journaling helps students clarify what they understand from the text.
* Resolution map graphic organizer- encourages students to recall the conflict and how it was resolved. Students are then challenged to write about how the incident affects the characters
* Setting map graphic organizer -students identify when and where the story takes place. Students are then asked to provide a text to self connection and write about it in the above journal pages.
I really like using graphic organizers to clarify content for students. It breaks the information down into manageable pieces. When we put those pieces together, the students have a better understanding of the literary elements so that the next book, and subsequent books, are approached with a literary eye. Students blossom in their writing, identification, and understanding.