Reflection: Story Elements Introduction Part 1 - Section 2: Lesson


I chose to use the story Cinderella because it works well with my unit.  It coincides with what I present over and over about how stories are recycled. As we move further into the unit and students see several forms of Cinderella from different cultures and read our unit novel which is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella, it really brings everything full circle.  However, that doesn't mean that other stories aren't applicable. 

If Cinderella will not resonate with your students and your purposes, use another story.  When selecting an alternative, I think it is important to use a familiar story so students aren't strugging with the story itself.  Additionally, the story must be very short with a plot that is easy to map so that it can be tied to a simplistic practice with the plot digram.

As option for lower level classes - that I have used before- is to (after reading the story) give them a list of the ten events you want to end up on the diagram.  This eliminates a good portion of the decision-making process which may overwhelm some students when choosing ten events from the entire story.  The purpose here isn't to stress them out of those details.  You can also use this lesson to model your own decision making process and literally walk through the process together.

  Cinderella Choice
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Story Elements Introduction Part 1

Unit 2: Literary Reading - "Sooner or later, everything old is new again." Part 1
Lesson 2 of 12

Objective: SWBAT analyze how the parts of the plot work together by diagraming the plot of a familiar story.

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