Reading Interactive Notebook: Literature Activities | Literary Elements

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Reading Interactive Notebooks Literature - Literary Elements for Common Core. This Reading Interactive Notebook is the true original - over 55,000 copies sold!

After learning about interactive notebooks two summers ago, I resolved to use this technique for every concept I taught to my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literature students. Now that I’ve used this in my classroom for over a year, I have compiled all of my reading interactive notebook lessons for teaching literary elements here.

Each of the 24 lessons in the interactive notebook for reading literature includes a photo of the finished product, teacher’s notes, teacher’s instructions, and student pages (templates). You will find that all of the information needed to begin teaching these concepts is in here. This is NOT simply a product full of templates and organizers that require hours of research and prep time - I have included all of that information for you! I have also included a version of each template that is blank so you can adapt when necessary.

I’ve included the Common Core alignment for Reading Literature for grades 4-8 and included that in the preview file as well.

This is TRULY an *interactive* notebook with templates that fold and flip for the students to interact with. This product is NOT simply pages and pages of definitions and descriptions for students to glue into their notebooks.

In the preview you file, you will also find a table of contents and several sample pages.

This resource is now part of an interactive notebook bundle. Find the bundle here.

Here is what’s included:

Lesson 1: Story Vocabulary (plot, setting, complications, protagonist, antagonist)

Lesson 2: Elements of Plot and The Plot Pyramid – exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution

Lesson 3: Internal and External Conflict

Lesson 4: Four Types of Conflict – Man vs. Self, Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Society

Lesson 5: Story Devices – flashback, foreshadowing, suspense, cliffhanger

Lesson 6: Character Traits

Lesson 7: Characterization

Lesson 8: Types of Characters – round, flat, dynamic, static, sympathetic, minor, protagonist, antagonist

Lesson 9: Theme

Lesson 10: Point of View (first person, third person limited, third person objective, third person omniscient

Lesson 11: Similes

Lesson 12: Metaphors

Lesson 13: Hyperbole

Lesson 14: Personification

Lesson 15: Idiom

Lesson 16: Alliteration

Lesson 17: Allusion

Lesson 18: Onomatopoeia

Lesson 19: Figurative Language Sort

Lesson 20: Figurative Language Review

Lesson 21: Annotate Figurative Language

Lesson 22: Mood and Tone

Lesson 23: Genres of Fiction (Novel Genres) (realistic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure, dystopian fiction)

Lesson 24: Folktale Genres (fairytale, tall tale, fable, legend, myth)

**Note - This product includes the foldables from my Plot Foldables Collection as well as the foldables, definition cards, and sort cards from my Figurative Language is Reading Candy Unit.**

*UPDATE 2/15/16* I've updated this ENTIRE file with fresh new fonts and graphcis, as well as added HOW-TO VIDEOS for every 3-d template! Show the videos to your students as part of the lesson, or watch them yourself as you prepare to teach each activity.

*UPDATE* 7/16/13, 17 new pages added - see Table of Contents.

I've also added a PowerPoint file that includes ALL of the blank templates from this notebook in a format that you can edit digitally. If you are reasonably fluent in PowerPoint and know how to add text boxes and insert images, you can easily edit any template for use in your own classroom. Redownload if you've already purchased this product to get the update FREE!

*UPDATE* 12/16/13 - TEKS Alignment added to the end of the document.

This product download is a ZIP file that will extract a folder that contains 2 files. The first file is the entire Interactive Reading Literature Notebook in a PDF format that is ready to print and use. The second file is a PowerPoint file that includes all of the blank templates from each lesson/activity that you can edit digitally to suit your own classroom needs.

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More for Your Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks:

Reading Literature Graphic Organizers for Common Core 4-8 Reading Response

Practice & Assess Reading Literature: No Prep Printables GRADES 4-5

Practice & Assess Reading Litreature: No Prep Printables GRADE 6

For Informational Text:

Interactive Reading Notebooks Informational Text: Nonfiction for Common Core 4-8

Informational Text CLOSE READING Passage Pack for Interactive Notebooks 4-8

More Interactive Notebooks for ELA:

Interactive Grammar Notebooks ~ Grammar & Mechanics for Common Core Grades 4-8

Interactive Literature Circles for Grades 4-8

Interactive Poetry Notebooks: Poetry Elements for Common Core Grades 4-8+

Interactive Research Papers & Essays for Common Core Writing Grades 3-8

Interactive Writing Notebooks ~ Sentences & Paragraphs for Common Core 3-8


More ELA Products:

End of the Year Lessons: Easy for You, Fun for Them! NO PREP 4th-8th CCSS

Figurative Language is Reading Candy! Complete Unit for Middle Grades

Figurative Language Stories ~ Close Reading for Common Core Grades 4-8

Figurative Language Stories SET 2! Close Reading for Common Core Grades 4-8+

Figurative Language Worksheet Set of 12, Middle Grades for Common Core

HUGE Reading & ELA Poster Bundle for Grades 4-8 ~ 57 Classroom Posters

The Gift of the Magi Differentiated Unit for 4-8 with Craftivities & Centers!

The Ultimate Christmas Bundle for Common Core Reading Grades 4-8 ~ NO PREP!

Total Pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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