Common Core: Plot Resources-Map, Powerpoint, Questions, Task Cards

Common Core: Plot Resources-Map, Powerpoint, Questions, Ta
Common Core: Plot Resources-Map, Powerpoint, Questions, Ta
Common Core: Plot Resources-Map, Powerpoint, Questions, Ta
Common Core: Plot Resources-Map, Powerpoint, Questions, Ta
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This zip file contains all that you need to introduce plot to your students.

There is an editable PowerPoint, also included is a PDF of the PowerPoint, which introduces plot, uses Alice in Wonderland pictures to show the plot of a story on a plot map, has an individual slide for exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. "The Jabberwocky" is also included on the PowerPoint. Notes are included to guide your teaching on a few of the slides in the PowerPoint.

The information in the PowerPoint, which can be used as you teach, is also included on a handout for students to keep. This enables students to follow along and pay attention instead of quickly taking notes and missing out on the main ideas.

After introducing plot, allow your students to practice with a variety of activities. Two options are included using "Jack and the Beanstalk." Option one has numbered events from "Jack and the Beanstalk" that can be marked on a plot map for a quick practice. The events are NOT in order so students have to read the events and mark the number where they think they belong. A blank plot diagram is included, as well as a labeled diagram with the 5 parts of plot. Option two has the same events in card form. Students can sort the events on a plot map, on the floor, on desks, or in whatever way you see fit.

"The Fox and the Cat" fable (public domain) is included for students to map out individually or with a partner. This acts as a quick formative assessment to see if students can understand plot on their own after the lesson. The text is short so this can be done quickly. The text is accessible to all students.

"Casey at the Bat" is also included (public domain). The PDF of this public domain narrative poem is ready to print and use with students. After practicing with two easier, shorter activities, this gives students practice with a longer text. Use this in small group instruction, individual practice, partner work, or group work. Students can highlight parts of plot with different colored highlighters or mark the elements of plot on either the labeled plot diagram or the blank plot diagram.

Also included in the PowerPoint, and as a PDF handout, is “The Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. This nonsense poem can be used in a variety of ways. This text can be used as a whole group practice to model the stages of plot. Despite the ridiculousness of the poem, it follows the stages of plot. This allows students to see that if they can find plot in this poem, they can find it in any story they read. Or, use this poem as an enrichment activity to challenge students that have mastered plot quickly.

Another option for the different texts is to use at differentiated stations. There are four options, all at different levels, so this can be used in so many ways!

You also get a set of questions that correspond with each area of plot. The questions come in both a list form and as a set of question cards. You can use these during small group instruction, whole class instruction, group work, lit circles, etc. The questions are the same in list form and task card form. It just enables you to use them however it best fits your lesson. ****The questions are aligned to Common Core State Standards RL.1 and RL.3.

-Introduction to Plot PowerPoint presentation (and as PDF)
-Introduction to Plot handout for students (PDF and Word Document)
-Labeled Plot Mountain Diagram (PDF)
-Blank Plot Mountain Diagram (PDF)
-Jack and the Beanstalk sorting activity
-Jack and the Beanstalk numbered plot activity
-The Fox and the Cat (PDF) (public domain)
-Casey at the Bat (PDF) (public domain)
-Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll (Included and free through Project Guttenberg)
-List of plot questions per plot element (PDF and Word Document)
-Task card/Question Cards for each element of plot (same as questions above) (PDF and Word Document)
-6 Exposition Questions
- 9 Rising Action Questions
-4 Climax Questions
-4 Falling Action Questions
- 10 Resolution Questions

All materials are to be used in YOUR classroom only. You may not modify and resell.

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Thanks to for the great fonts.
Thanks to for the great Alice in Wonderland clipart and for the frames on the PowerPoint cover.
Thanks to Wizard of Boz for the great background on the PowerPoint.

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Common Core: Plot Resources-Map, Powerpoint, Questions, Ta
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Common Core: Plot Resources-Map, Powerpoint, Questions, Ta
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