Inferences, Plot, and Theme Fun!
Included in this short story packet is an engaging and original short story, “Snip, Snip, Snip” (read an excerpt below). This set encourages close reading and rereading and will help strengthen your students’ ability to analyze character motivation, make inferences, sequence events in a story, complete a plot diagram, and determine the theme of the story.
Character Motivation and Inferences
Students use a graphic organizer to analyze character actions by making inferences about their motivation, emotions, and identifying positive and/or negative consequences of their actions.
Students first sequence events in the story using the bank of events. You can have your students label the events from the short story on the plot diagram or cut and paste events from the short story onto the plot diagram. Also, includes an adapted version of the plot diagram that is partially filled in. This is a perfect way to differentiate for your SPED students, ELL students, or low level readers.
Students use an acronym to help them determine the theme of the short story. The graphic organizer guides students through a process of analyzing conflicts, actions, character changes, and the lesson the character learns to determine the theme.
Several graphic organizers in this packet can be used to teach other short stories.
Here is an excerpt from...
Snip, Snip, Snip
by Kim Berry
As I walked into the salon on Tuesday afternoon, my nose familiarized itself with the perm solutions and dyes used on the victims that came in there each day. I call them victims because that’s what they are, that is, if my mother happens to be cutting their hair. Victims of “inquiring minds want to know” questions and non-stop gossiping from my mother.
She was on the prowl again, I watched her, as I’ve done so many times before. She was snipping away the golden locks of Mary Ann Pruitt’s hair. She’s the mother of Tiffany Pruitt, whom everyone knew was the most popular kiss-my-butt-‘cause-I’m-a-stuck-up-snob girl in our school. I wondered what wonderful gossip I’d get to hear when we drove home tonight. Last night she’d kept me up ‘til two o’clock in the morning filling me in on the sickening details of Mrs. Fowler’s ingrown toenail removal operation.
I tiptoed closer to her hoping she wouldn’t see me, slipped into one of the hair dryer seats, and buried my face in a magazine. How ironic! I had turned to a story titled, “Parents Who Don’t Have a Clue.” That’s my mom, all right, Anna Louise Morgan.
“Jamie girl, is that you? Why I almost didn’t recognize ya.” My mother’s sultry southern voice escaped from her mouth and wrapped itself around me.
“Yeah Momma, it’s me,” I spoke. Great, now I would be the topic of discussion. The last thing I needed was Tiffany Pruitt to hear about my troubles with those pimples I have, or how I’m forever complaining about not having a boyfriend, or even- dare I say- about my crush on Lucas Jones, the cutest guy in school!
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Read and own the entire story and these awesome graphic organizers by downloading this set, “Short Story Unit 1: Inferences, Plot, and Theme!”
Depending on how you use the activities, this packet includes enough material for 3-5 days of guided and/or independent practice.
Answer keys are included for each activity.
Be sure to check out my other graphic organizers:
Link-Point of View Fun
Link-Figurative Language Fun
Link-An Inference Disaster: Implicit and Explicit Information
Link-Plot Diagram Fun
Link-Figurative Language Hunt
Fonts used in this packet are from
Kevin and Amanda at http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/
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