Lesson: Story Element Circles

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Lesson Objective

Objective: Students will be able to identify and find evidence in a story by focusing on the following story elements: character, problem, solution, and setting.

Lesson Plan


Objective:  Students will be able to identify and find evidence in a story by focusing on the following story elements:  character, problem, solution, and setting.

Do-Now:  List the 5 most important things you always can find in a story. 

Connection:  We have learned that there are important parts to every story. Today we are going to focus on finding evidence of four of those things.  Whenever good reading detectives find evidence they always find strong reasoning to support their thinking.  Good readers can find evidence of their elements in their stories. 


Use a text to model how students will fill out this graphic organizer.

On chart paper, a promethean or smart board:  display the four circle organizer that is sectioned off. 

Choose a text ot model this feature:  suggested texts:  Jamacia’s Find, Those Shoes, Chyrsantamum, Brand New Kid, Rainbow Fish, A Chair for My Mother, Fernidad,


As we begin reading a story we can find out different elements of the story.  Watch me as I read a story and as I am reading I am thinking about finding elements of my text features: 

Problem:  I am looking for problems in the story, whenever I feel that the main character or characters are finding themselves in a situation that could be a problem I will write it down in this section.

Setting:  anytime I find evidence of the stetting, based on what is happening in the story or what I see in the pictures I am going to add it to the setting section.

Characters:  I will list the characters names, I may put an astric next to eh character that I think is the main character. 

Solution:  this is the area that I will fill in when I find the solutions to the problems in the story.

Model for students how you would do this as you go through an entire story.  Fill in each section, explain and elaborate when you can .

Independent Practice:

Students can fill out the organizer based on their independent books, class read a loud book, or guided reading books.

Active Engagement:  What part of the circle do you think is the most important? Turn and talk to your partner about which one. 

Guided  Practice:

Teacher can do this activity with a student and have them fill in the evidence based on a book that they are reading with the students.

Students can also do this activity with a test text to have them become aware that elements are also identified within a test text. 


Lesson Resources

Story Element Story Wheel Resoruce  


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