Story Elements Flipbook and Short Story Fun!
Story Elements Flipbook and Short Story Fun includes activities for setting, foreshadowing, characterization, internal and external conflict, figurative language, plot, and theme.
Perfect for students in grades 6-8, this awesome flipbook and short story packet is a great way to teach the story elements described above in a fun and engaging way. Many students are visual, as well as, hands-on learners. Flipbooks are a great way to engage even the most reluctant student. Print the document 2-sided from your printer or use a copier and it is ready for folding.
Included in this set is an engaging and original short story, “The House on Sycamore Lane” (read an excerpt below). This entertaining story will grab your students’ attention and help students apply and practice their knowledge of setting, foreshadowing, characterization, internal and external conflict, figurative language, and plot diagram. I have also created a version that allows students to answer close reading questions as they read the story.
This special story includes two stories in one, allowing students the opportunity to complete two plot diagrams and analyze two sets of characters.
Here is an excerpt from...
“The House on Sycamore Lane”
by Kim Berry
Eventually, on a sad November morning, the sun stretched its arms and started warming the neighborhood. We were finally able to go outside and boy did we. I don’t think any kids stayed in the house that day. Some built snowmen, some made snow angels, others helped their parents shovel the walkways and driveways, and of course, there were snowball fights. Looking for something a bit more entertaining, a small group of us headed to the lake behind our neighborhood. My stunt in gym class, when I stood up to Sally, had earned me some friends. I didn’t have many, but there were a couple of girls I used to play with outside. When we decided to go to the lake, we had no idea Sally and her gang would also be there. We had brought our sleds and thought it would be fun to slide around on the ice. Obviously, Sally had the same idea. The discord began as soon as we got there. I still remember every word.
‘Oh look, it’s the bean pole,’ Sally shouted so everyone could hear.
‘What are you doing here?’ I questioned, trying my best to ignore her insult.
‘We’re going to sled on the ice. The question is what are you doing here?’
‘We’re here to sled, too.’
‘Ha, did you hear that guys, bean pole here thinks she’s gonna sled on our turf?’
‘Turf? What is this? Some bad version of West Side Story?’ I snapped back.
‘No, this is our spot. We were here first, so you and your green beans need to leave,’ Sally said, making a gesture as if she was sweeping us away.
I admit, I let anger take over at this point. Oh how I wish I had turned the other cheek like the good Book teaches.
‘Let’s race for it,’ I challenged.
‘Race?’ Sally seemed astonished that I would even suggest such a thing.
‘Yeah, race.’ I looked around and saw that a nice, snow-filled hill was just beyond the lake. If we raced down the hill on our sleds, we would slide right onto the frozen pond. I pointed to the hill and said, ‘We race down that hill and onto the ice. Whoever gets the farthest can stay.’
It was the first time in three years that I saw a flicker of fear flash over Sally’s face. That should have been my sign that this was anything, but a good idea. Quickly, the fear I saw vanished and fury shown in her eyes.
‘Deal,’ she agreed.
© 2016 Kim Berry of Cre8tivekjs Designs All Rights Reserved.
Read and own the entire story by downloading this set, “Story Elements Flipbook and Short Story Fun!”.
Story Element Flipbook Details:
*Features six pages (printed two-sided) of story elements fun. See detailed information below:
Setting- Students determine the time, place, and duration of the story.
Plot Diagram- Students sequence the events of two stories onto two separate plot diagrams. Differentiation option: Give students a bank of events to sequence and use when completing the plot diagrams.
Theme- Students answer various questions about the story to help them determine the message the author wants all readers to understand.
Characterization- Students identify the protagonist and antagonist in both stories. They will also identify character traits and determine if the characters are static or dynamic and round or flat.
Figurative Language- Students sort 20 examples of figurative language into the correct box. Then, they analyze the figurative language depending on if it is an example of a simile, metaphor, personification, or hyperbole. If it is a simile or metaphor, students identify the two objects being compared and explain what they have in common. If it is an example of personification, students identify the non-human object and its human quality. If it is an example of a hyperbole, the students identify what is being exaggerated and how.
Conflict- Students find six examples of conflict in the story (individual vs. individual, individual vs. self, and individual vs. nature). Then, they explain who the conflict involves and what the conflict is about.
Foreshadowing- Students use clues from the text to make predictions about something that might happen in the story. Students also reflect on their predictions and confirm or revise them as the story continues. The close reading version of the story includes three stopping points for the students to make their predictions.
Directions for printing and assembling the flipbook are also included. This helpful document includes detailed pictures and directions for printing and assembling the flipbook.
Answer keys for the flipbook and close reading questions are included in the packet, as well.
Depending on how you use the materials in this product, this set includes 1-2 weeks of activities.
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Kevin and Amanda at http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/
I’m Lovin’ Lit https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lovin-Lit
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