Reflection: Lesson Planning Folktales: Identifying the Resolution - 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: Identifying the Resolution

Unit 12: Folktales: Fables, Tall Tales, and Fairy Tales
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT locate the resolution in a text, mark it, and explain their thinking to a partner.

Big Idea: After locating the main character's problem, students work together to locate the precise moment when that problem is solved and explain their thinking to those in their group.

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