This activity is perfect for small groups of students to review the Elements of Fiction. This encourages team work, collaboration and communication skills as students match definitions to words--- but each word has a definition that matches a word on another card! This can be used as an introductory activity to reactivate prior knowledge, or as a review before a test.
The attached document includes 16 definitions (setting, theme, symbol, character, first person point of view, genre, plot, protagonist, conflict, static character, dynamic character, foreshadowing, third person point of view, antagonist, fiction and irony**) which should be printed on cardstock and/or laminated!
Set up small groups (ideally, about 6 students in each) and give them a set of these cards. Watch them work together to put the cards in order! As you walk around to monitor groups, simply tell students where there is an error, and watch them rework the line to fix the problem!
When the group is finished and you have approved their line/circle of cards, have them work together to write down the definitions for their notes. This is a great way to have them continue being productive even as other groups are still working.
(**This list of terms also happens to be the answer key! The last definition matches up with the first word.)
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