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My middle school students have been learning about story elements since first started reading. I realized I needed an activity to move them beyond understanding the concepts in isolation, and towards learning how the different story elements interact.
This 3 step activity is a great introduction and a way to get students to think about how elements interact and work together.
Focus Area #1: Impact of Setting.
Focus Area #3: Impact of POV
Focus Area #3: Impact of PLOT.
Students brainstorm favorite movies, books, and what you've read as a class.
Students will then brainstorm how the story would change if the focus element (setting, POV, and Plot) was different.
For each focus area, students participate in a 5 minute power write where they focus on one change they came up with and describe HOW that one difference would impact the overall story.
This activity is designed as an introduction to get students to understand that an author creates the elements so they will work together and influence each other.
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