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Story Elements Task Card Bundle

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4th - 7th
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    This package of story elements task cards includes four sets - for the four major story elements: characterization, setting, plot and conflict, and theme. Each set contains thirty large cards with a variety of activities designed for middle school and upper elementary language arts or reading classes.

    By working with each story element individually and in a variety of ways, kids learn to really understand the elements that make up a great story. Here are some of the activities that are included in each set:

    Characterization Kids

    Choosing character traits from a word bank

    Choosing character traits – multiple choice

    Describing a pictured character

    Writing a paragraph

    Listing character traits to describe a famous person

    Comparing two characters

    Completing a character web for a novel character

    Drawing a character with certain character traits

    Describing static and dynamic characters

    Setting the Scene

    Identify the time, place, and duration from a passage

    List the clues to setting in a passage

    Write a story based on a pictured setting

    Answer setting questions

    Recall stories read with particular types of settings

    Infer the time and place from an image

    Find settings of a map

    Complete a setting chart

    Identify the setting in news articles

    Plot It Out

    The cards address these plot elements:


    Initiating event

    Rising action


    Falling action






    And these types of conflict:

    Internal conflict

    Man v self

    External conflict

    Man v man

    Man v nature

    Man v society

    Man v technology

    Man v the supernatural

    Get the Message

    What is the theme of this novel

    Theme graphic organizers

    Plan a story with this theme

    Given a topic, write a theme

    Recommend a book

    Themes of stories you have read

    Fable themes

    Which statement is a theme

    With a large variety of activities, these cards are easy to use to differentiate instruction in a class with mixed ability and skill levels. They address many of the Common Core objectives for reading literature.

    Task cards are great for centers, stations, small groups, and individualized instruction as well as whole class games like Scoot and Footloose.

    For more story elements resources, also see Story Elements Slide Presentation and Activities. For more bundles of activities for reading and other language arts skills, see BUNDLES in this store.

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    Total Pages
    80 pages
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    Teaching Duration
    2 Weeks
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
    Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
    Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
    Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


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