Reflection: Lesson Planning Folktales: The Building Action - Section 2: Setting a Purpose


In breaking down the elements of plot in a text, I’ve found it best to teach conflict, resolution, and then back track to teach the events in the building action afterwards. Although this might at first seem backwards, I’ve found that if students can connect the conflict to the resolution, then connecting the dots in between is easy. This, in turns, benefits their writing. After each reading lesson, we complete the same type of work in our own fictional stories. Building a plot from scratch is sometimes quite difficult for students. So I have them decide on a conflict and then choose how it will be resolved. Afterwards, I have them tell me the steps the character needs to take to get him/her from the problem to the solution. Because they’ve seen how authors do this in our mentor texts, they’re able to complete this successfully in their own writing.

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Folktales: The Building Action

Unit 12: Folktales: Fables, Tall Tales, and Fairy Tales
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT locate the main events that lead from the conflict to the resolution.

Big Idea: After determining the main problem in the story and how it is resolved, students work backwards to locate and identify the main events that are part of the "building action."

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English / Language Arts, compare-and-contrast, Fiction (Reading), conflict, characters, questioning, fairy tales, fables, Folktales, tall tales, anansi, resolution, building action, plot, conflict
  65 minutes
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