This lesson is used as an introduction to narrative texts/narrative writing. There are four parts included in this lesson:
1. Student notes on the elements of a narrative piece. The student notes have some blanks so that the students can fill in the notes as you go over them.
2. A teacher answer key for the student notes on the elements of a narrative piece. If you would prefer your students have the complete notes in front of them while you discuss, you can give this sheet to students instead. It also includes examples for the different types of conflicts (man vs....) I like to include a combination of books/movies as examples as I often find students are more familiar with the movie examples and it gets the point across.
3. A plot line map with questions. Before we read a story together, I have them fill out a plot line map. This is a nice visual for students to understand the direction a narrative will flow in.
For the questions, I read a short story or children's book to them. I like to use something fairly easy as an example just so students can see the idea. I read the story aloud and then we answer the questions to identify the elements of a narrative together. This way I can ensure that students are on the right track. I usually use Lon Po Po (a Chinese version of Red Riding Hood) as the narrative text, but you can use any short narrative piece. With more advanced groups, I have used The Monkey's Paw. When answering the questions, as a helpful hint, I will have students identify the climax before the rising action or falling action. It really makes identifying the rising or falling action that much easier for them. Also, identifying the resolution before the falling action is helpful as well.
4. An answer key for the plot line and questions is included. The answers for the questions are based on the reading of Lon Po Po.
This lesson is a pre-cursor to the following Common Core Standards. Students need to know this information first so that they can go on to address the following CCSS:
Literature Standards for Grades 5,6,7,8: Standards 2 and 3
Writing Standard for Grades 5,6,7,8: Standard 3
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