When using fiction texts for teaching, it is important for the students to understand fictional elements. This is a sheet with the five elements of fiction: characters, setting, plot, point of view, and theme, which supplies definitions, examples, and other related terms.
After teaching the elements, these terms should become part of literary discussions and work well when embedded into reading assessments. As you are teaching literary elements, you might want to choose a short story that focus on one particular element. For example, London’s “To Build a Fire” is a wonderful story to illuminate the use of plot complications; Bambara’s “Raymond’s Run” helps a reader understand characterization; Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day” delivers clear themes. To cover point of view, you might like to show students the clip from Jaws where it is July 4th weekend and all are on the alert for the great white. The camera takes shots from the beach, from underwater, from a boat, and from a helicopter—different perspectives.
***If you like this, look for my sheets with literary elements and figurative language-sound devices.***
Carolann Reznick~Literacy Rigor
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