This bundle focuses on the elements of story and is designed to be used after students have read any short story, novel or play. They are aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards for Reading Literature, Writing and Speaking and Listening. However, you do not have to use the Common Core Standards to utilize this bundle. The following is included in the bundle:
• Record of Reading – This 14 page graphic organizer focuses on the elements of story—characterization, conflict, mood, plot, point of view, setting, theme and tone. After reading the definition and example of each element, students are asked to provide specific information about the element in the story they read. The completed organizer can be used for collaborative discussions, writing tasks, projects, presentations and tests. For example, after completing a Record of Reading for two pieces of literature, students can use the information to guide them in writing a comparison/contrast essay. A one-page glossary of literary elements is also included. Questions on the elements of story follow the glossary. These questions are designed to encourage critical thinking and collaborative discussion about the story. An example of a question is “How do specific lines of dialogue reveal the main character’s traits? Cite examples and explain their significance in the character’s development.”
• Record of Reading (shorter version) – Once the students know the definitions of the elements of story, this 11 page version of the graphic organizer can be used. The definitions and examples of the elements of story are not included. However, the glossary and the questions that encourage critical thinking are.
• Collaborative Discussions – This resource, which is aligned to the Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards, features ten topics that encourage critical thinking on any short story, novel or play. An example of a topic for discussion is “Did the story change your thinking about people and life? Or, did it affirm what you already know? Explain.” This resource also includes an introduction to collaborative discussions, guidelines for collaborative discussions, sentence starters for discussions and an assessment tool. The sentence starters include examples for acknowledge ideas of group members and building on them, paraphrasing another’s idea, asking for clarification, expressing an opinion, stating an idea, presenting a different perspective on a topic and disagreeing respectfully. The Collaborative Discussion Self-Assessment will enable students to better understand their strengths in speaking and listening and to determine how they will remedy their weaknesses. An example of an assessment questions is, “Did I speak clearly and explain further if someone asked for clarification? For example, I . . . .”
• Essay Writing Tasks – These tasks, which are aligned to the Common Core Writing Standards, enable students to use their knowledge of the elements of story and the information that they compiled on the Record of Reading about a short story, novel or play to write three different types of essays.
• Informative Essay – This resource focuses on writing an informative essay about a story’s theme. The resources include an essay writing task, a list of transitional words, information on revising and editing, an activity for vocabulary building and a student checklist for informative essays.
• Argumentative Essay – The focus of this task is to develop an argument on whether the main character is or is not a sympathetic character. The resources include information on what an argument is, the structure of an argumentative essay, the argumentative essay writing task, transitional words and a student checklist for argumentative essays.
• Narrative Essay – This task enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the elements of story by writing an original short story. The resources include a description of narrative writing, a list of narrative writing transitional words, the narrative writing task and a narrative writing student checklist.
Total number of pages: 38
Instead of purchasing the bundle, different sections of these resources can be purchased separately. All of these resources can be used for any short story, novel or play.
Record of Reading – Understanding the Elements of Story
Collaborative Discussions – Understanding the Elements of Story
Informative Essay Writing – Understanding the Elements of Story
Argumentative Essay Writing – Understanding the Elements of Story
Narrative Writing – Understanding the Elements of Story