So, what exactly constitutes a Narrative Element Mini? Each week students focus on a single term or narrative element. Every day that week, Monday through Thursday, students complete (with strong teacher direction) short 10-15 minute mini-lessons that focus on that one element. The lesson on Thursday uses a song for its text. I haven’t selected a particular song for these lessons. Instead, I offer a group of questions along with a list of possible songs. On Friday, a grade is taken in the form of a short quiz. This quiz alternates between two different formats. Some quizzes are in the form of matching terms to definitions. Other quizzes are composed of a passages with multiple choice questions. Activities and quizzes are cumulative. In other words, what you learned today, you will still have to know next month. Minilessons lend themselves well to Bell Ringer Activities to start off the class or for ending class. There are seven total narrative elements addressed in this packet: plot, setting, character, theme, conflict, point of view, and irony.