Reflection: Rigor Fantasy Book Report - Section 1: Warm Up


I have long wondered why we're led to teach only the basic kind of plot line to our students.  The fact that it's better for students to learn the simplest way is not the best argument, and certainly isn't relevant anymore. 

We've engaged our students in complex tasks before Common Core, and now that they are being challenged even more through CCS, we should at least introduce a few new "Plot Shapes" as the link titles them.  21 Plot Shapes and the Pros and Cons of Each by author Mette Ivie Harrison.  She's written, or compiled, these thought provoking "Plot Shapes" and when I discovered this, I knew that my class next year will learn about some of them. 

I mention that I discovered this link.  It wasn't easy.  I googled, "Advanced Plot Lines/Extended Plot Lines/Can a plot line have more than one climax...etc.  I had to dig before this validating little article showed up.  When we teach literature, I think it's important to show students that there are many different ways the plot can go.  Not to engage them in fascinating discussions.

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Fantasy Book Report

Unit 7: Reports for Many Genres
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: TSWBAT recreate the story line through a plot line and its accompanying cartoon strip.

Big Idea: Fantasy and fiction will guide you through this plot line.

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