Plot, Setting, and Theme Foldable Activity with an original story

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Deb Hanson
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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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I used this in a Grade 9 class for students with learning disabilities. It was straightforward to prep and explain to the educational assistants and students had fun doing the activities.
This was a great resource to use with students online. It was fun for students and it made it engaging for them.
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  1. This nonfiction text structure bundle has everything you need to keep your upper elementary and middle school students engaged as they learn about how authors develop the plot of a story. It includes many practice opportunities you can use to guide your students through identifying the plot elements
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Learning Objective

After reading a short story, students will identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.


Do your students need practice reading a story and identifying story elements including the plot, the setting, and the theme? This engaging activity puts a fun spin on identifying these plot elements. Since the story characters are wizards, it makes for a great Halloween activity. (However, the story does not reference Halloween, and thus can be used at any time throughout the school year)!


  • A short story called "Wesley Wormley and the Potion Commotion"- I wrote this story with my upper elementary students in mind (4th and 5th grade students).
  • Three worksheets that form the foldable activity- The worksheets contain nine panels. After reading the story, students identify the setting, introduction/exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and theme. As a bonus activity, on the final panel, students write their own potion for fun!
  • Answer keys
  • Student-friendly instructions (with photos!!) that detail how to assemble the foldable
  • Additional notes for the teacher with explanations on how to prepare the booklet and materials that must be gathered.

Please check out the PREVIEW!!

Here's what teachers like you have to say about this activity:

  • Tara G. said, "My kiddos loved, loved, loved this activity!!! Lesson was definitely successful, and it's always nice when you see the kids enjoying the learning process!!!!!"

  • Laura F. said, "This activity is a must when teaching theme and plot!"

  • Jessica O. said, "My students really enjoyed this and were completely engaged!"

  • H.B. said, "My students really enjoyed the short story, and the activity afterwards was a great way to check for understanding and help my students understand how to identify the plot elements in a fictional text. My students really enjoyed creating their own potions as well! Thank you for this amazing resource!"

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This story is very similar to one of the scripts in my Halloween Readers' Theater BUNDLE resource. This is intentional! I will use BOTH of these resources in my classroom in October. My students will complete this foldable the week BEFORE Halloween, and then during Halloween week, they will do the Readers' Theater activities. Once the Readers' Theater is performed, we will, as a class, COMPARE and CONTRAST stories! (The setting and theme are the same, but the plot is a bit different!)

Here is the link to the Readers' Theater resource:

Halloween Readers' Theater BUNDLE (a set of 3 scripts containing 25-28 parts)


This resource is also included in my PLOT BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


Feel free to check out my other plot products:

Plot Introduction PowerPoint

Plot: Targeted Tri-folds

Plot Element Task Cards: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution

Teaching Plot Elements with Small Group Readers' Theater Scripts

Plot Elements Craftivity

Plot, Setting, and Theme Foldable Template (can be used with any fiction book)

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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