Story Elements Task Card Bundle - Print and Easel Versions

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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 presenting each story element individually and in a variety of ways with these task cards, you can teach your kids 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.

The Easel versions are ready to use with directions and answer boxes for student use.

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).
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).
Quote accurately from 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, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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