This resource contains Google Slides activities to accompany any story or novel.
By using Google Slides, students are active learners as they insert their own examples, answers, and pictures as needed. You choose the activities that best fit the story or chapter or novel you are reading, and send out the pages using a Google platform like Google Classroom.
These lessons are also PERFECT for literature circles or independent novel studies. Students can complete the activities as a group, as they read the story or novel independently, or as a whole class.
The activities included in this unit are perfect for grades 4-8. Your students will analyze setting, conflict, point of view, theme, the author’s craft and much more! If you are looking for meaningful lessons that are not simply cute and generic but that help you teach Common Core standards, then this unit is for you! Use it with multiple novels and stories for years and years. Everything is ready for you to copy and handout. Some of the slides can be used during reading and others are post-reading activities.
We are extremely excited about this product! Completing novels or stories using Google Slides is awesome because students are active, and they love it! Once the unit is finished, students can use the slides as a reference. Literary terms and opportunities for analysis of these devices are provided throughout the unit. The best part is that once you purchase this unit, you can reuse it every year!
Read below for a detailed list of what is included:
Vocabulary – Students will use this slide as they encounter words that they do not know. A definition can be written beside the word using context clues. Then students can use the computer to look up the definition. There is even a place where students can insert a picture to help them remember the definition. If there are multiple unfamiliar words in the story or novel, simply duplicate the slide so that students have enough spaces to record the new words. This slide can be used all year with nonfiction and fiction texts!
Story Elements –Students will use the four boxes on this slide to record the main character, setting, conflict, and point of view of any story or novel.
Who is the Main Character - Students will record information about the main character on this slide. Students are required to support their answers with the text.
Setting – Using this slide, students will record details about the setting. This activity will help students to understand that there is more to a setting than just the time and place. Next, students will complete an activity that will help them determine how the setting affects the mood, theme, characters and/or plot.
Point of View – With this activity, students will analyze the point of view by rewriting a portion of the story using a different point of view.
Tone – Students will use this slide to determine the tone of a chapter or story. They will take a look at the author’s use of word choice, details, and dialogue that create this tone.
Figurative Language – Students will record examples of figurative language from any story or novel.
Foreshadowing – This slide will require students to analyze the use of and purpose of foreshadowing in a story or chapter.
Plot – A slide is provided with a plot diagram and tips for determining the parts of plot. An additional slide is included so that students can determine the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of any plot.
Find Textual Support – These slides will require students to find textual support. Students will type in quotes, lines, or passages.
Theme – This slide provides a list of universal themes. Students will type in the themes that are present in the story or novel and then type in a theme statement.
Who’s Who When it Comes to Characters – With this activity, students will determine the protagonist, antagonist, hero, and obstacle character in a story.
Cinquain – This activity will guide students in writing a poem about any story.
Final Text Message – A fun and creative slide that requires students to think like the main character.
Go and Find – Students will search for a few more passages in the story or novel using this activity.