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TSWBAT unpack comprehensive knowledge from the lessons to create an Elements of Literature Dictionary.

Big Idea

Locating the elements in one place will be a fabulous resource!

Warm Up

15 minutes

I found a website I like to use in all the subject areas-  It's a wonderful resource with searchable slideshows uploaded daily. 

The slideshow for the Elements of Fiction is perfect as a review once our literary elements lessons have concluded.  These slides provide pertinent background without the curse of feeling cluttered.  The kids easily understand and are reminded of what we've learned during the unit. Not all of the elements we studied are included, as that would get overwhelming.  Sixteen slides is an adequate amount to provide material and hold interest.

It's important for them to review some of the terms because in the next section, they will be creating their Elements of Literature dictionary.  The goal of my lesson is helping the children create a complete resource they will want to use, even when they're no longer in 5th grade.


35 minutes

Now that we've reviewed some terms, and all of the Elements of Literature have been explored, it's time to put them into one place!

The students will enjoy creating a dictionary of all their new terms, and will be encouraged to hold onto it for future reference.  In addition to the term, I require them to give a definition, example, and if possible, an illustration for each.  One term per page and each page front side only, it makes for a more attractive presentation.

A slideshow of pictures here Unmute at bottom of slideshow.  Clicking on slideshow takes you to

Review of Literature Terms - each term below was discussed, although not all were a lesson focus. Most of these descriptions are from Writers Express.

Antagonist- the person or thing fighting against the lead character in the story

Character- person or figure in the story

Conflict- the problem that occurs in the story

Dialogue- talking between the characters in the story

Figures of Speech- simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, personification

Imagery- using the five senses to create pictures in the readers' mind

Mood- the feeling a reader gets from the story such as sad, happy, angry

Narrator- the person or character who is telling the story

Novel- the book-length story created from the author's imagination

Plot- the action of the story

Plot Line- it shows the action in the story and is made up of five parts: expostion, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution

Point of View- the angle from which a story is told and depends on who is telling the story

Protagonist- the lead character in the story

Setting- time and place of the story

Symbolism- the way the author adds meaning to the subjects in the story

Theme- the subject or message being written about

Tone- the author's feeling about a piece of writing; serious, funny, angry

Some students will take a much longer time than others.  You may want this to be an "at-home" project or one to complete as homework, depending on your time.

Lots of excellent book-making resources exist, or if your school has a spiral book binding machine it works very well.  Although there are seventeen terms above, you'll want more pages than that.  I make sure there is a cover and a back page, as well as a page for the Table of Contents and a few blank at the end for things that may come to mind.  All in all, twenty-five pages should suffice.

Sharing of Books

20 minutes

Although this could get repetitive, many of the kids will enjoy showing off their books.  Allowing each volunteer to share about three pages sounds like a reasonable amount of time to spend, although this will vary depending on the number of volunteers.

Collection of Dictionaries

Elements of Literature first page example