Falling Action

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SWBAT listen to the falling action in the read aloud and then determine the part of plot they're currently reading in their independent text.

Big Idea

Where are you now? Can you pinpoint the part of plot you're currently reading in your independent text?

Independent Reading, Pass Back Log, Check in on Reading Progress

25 minutes

Whenever possible, I begin my lessons with silent, independent reading. During this time, I actively monitor their reading progress by checking their out-of-class reading logs and engaging in reading conferences that cover a variety of topics.


To find ways to enact this section, please see my strategy folder.

Five Minute Focus Read: Log Set Up

10 minutes

Will link to strategy folder.

Watch this Five Minute Focus Read Explanation Video for further information.

Falling Action Notetaking

5 minutes

Today, we're coming to a close with our whole class note-taking for pats of plot. We'll introduce the second to last concept, falling action. As a class, we take notes on our parts of plot table.

Here are the Whole Class Notes: Climax & Falling Action.

Read Aloud: So B. It (Falling Action)

15 minutes

I read aloud from from "So B. It" By: Sarah Weeks.

As I read this section, it begins with the start of the falling action. The start of chapter twenty "Uh-oh" on page 215, perfectly highlights the falling action, because Heidi is finally getting the answers about her identity that she has set out to find. We pause as a class as we realize all of this vital plot information. I go to the Promethean Board and write the direct quote so we can closely examine falling action:

"'Diane DeMuth is your grandmother, Heidi. And her daughter Sophia, is your mother,' Thurman Hill began."

This direct quote will come in handy in the last part of the lesson, when kids are required to work in class to find parts of plot in their independent reading, and find their own quotes to signify exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, or resolution.

Begin Log in Class: Part of Plot

15 minutes

Kids have received a Special Log on the Parts of plot this week, where they'll need to locate parts of plot in their independent reading. Now students begin working independently. They can reference their notes when deciding which part of plot they're reading about.

I circulate to clear up misconceptions, as well as help kids figure out where they are in the plot.