This Story Elements poster pack is perfect for teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten students about characters, setting, and plot, as well as the job of the author and illustrator in a story! In this pack you will receive 5 colorful anchor chart posters defining story element terminology (characters, setting, plot, author, illustrator). You will also receive 7 different reader’s response recording sheets, which will encourage students to demonstrate their comprehension of story elements. These recording sheets could also be incorporated into a reading center activity over time!
You will receive:
-5 colorful anchor chart posters, one for each of the following elements: Characters, Setting, Plot, Author, Illustrator. Each poster contains colorful graphics and a simple, easy to understand definition of the story element, as well as a list of examples.
-7 Reader’s Response recording sheets to practice the comprehension skill of identifying story elements when reading. This pack contains 1 sheet for main character, 3 different response sheets for characters (options of identifying and drawing 2, 3, or 4 characters), 1 response sheet for setting, 1 response sheet for plot, and 1 response sheet entitled “Story Elements” (this asks students to record the characters, setting, and plot all on one sheet).
-Print and laminate the Story Elements posters/anchor charts for durability. You can hang these posters in your classroom, or bind them together on a book ring and keep them handy for whole or small group reading instruction time as a reference.
-Use the Reader’s Response recording sheets after reading a story together. I use these sheets to accompany my weekly story from our reading program curriculum. Pick one of the story elements to focus on while reading. Then, provide students with that recording sheet to demonstrate their comprehension and understanding of the element with respect to the focus story. I always put these response sheets on the Smart Board using my document camera and model how to complete them for my kindergarten students. I ask my kindergarten students to draw pictures to show their understanding, but you could absolutely differentiate this for older students by asking them to write sentences in the boxes instead. As students gain confidence and independence completing these sheets, I add them to my classroom listening center as a response sheet at that center!
I hope this resource helps your students grasp the concept of story elements!
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