Lesson: The Elements of Plot

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to recognize plot elements in short stories and analyze characters- their traits, motivations, conflicts, points of view, relationships, and changes.

Lesson Plan

Do Now:
Students will complete an assignment in the Language Development Do Now packet.

Today we will begin analyzing "Thank You M'am" by looking at the elements of plot and plotting this story.  First we will take reveiw a PowerPoint which will define and identfy the elements of plot in a novel or short story. 

Direct Instruction:
Teacher will show students the 5 Elements of Plot PowerPoint.  
  • When the PowerPoint is over students will complete a guided notes activity defining:
  • Exposition
  • Rising Action
  • Climax
  • Falling Action
  • Resolution

Guided Practice:
Teacher will prompt the stduents through a class discuss of the elements of plot in Thank You M'am

(The setting of the story was about eleven o’clock at night in the city. The protagonist of the story is Roger. The antagonist of the story is Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. The rising actions is when Roger snatched Mrs. Luella’s pocketbook (Character Vs Character) and when she kicked Roger in the butt. The climax of the story is when Mrs. Luella grabbed Roger into a full-nelson. Roger is also the dynamic character because he now wants to do the right thing instead of the wrong. Roger and Mrs. Luella heats up some supper and sits down and munch. The falling actions is when they were done, Mrs. Luella gave Roger ten dollars for him to get some blue suede shoes. The resolution of the story is when Roger left out the room saying thank you to Mrs. Luella before she shuts the door and never seen each other again.)

Independent Practice:
On large sheet of construction paper students will plot out Thank You M'am. 

In a Paragraph of 7 - 10 sentences write a different ending to the story. For example, Mrs. Jones calls the police,
or Roger runs away.

Lesson Resources

Elements of a Plot Diagram   Classwork
Thank you m am do now s   Starter / Do Now


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