Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Charting Elements of Fiction In the Novel Ceremony - Section 4: Introduction to New Assignment


The setting/plot/character chart serves two different purposes. One purpose is to help students identify these elements accurately. The other is the stated purpose, which is to help students keep track of the complex structure of Ceremony. This student sample of the setting/plot/character chart indicates that it has served these purposes. This student accurately identified the items on the chart as either setting, plot, or character detail. Also, she captured some of the most significant parts of this story. If all my students are able to identify the different settings and plot points this student included in her chart, they will be in a pretty good place. Some were getting a bit confused because the plot points are deeply interconnected to the character details and they were not sure if what they were writing in the character column belongs there or in the plot column. That was a good opportunity to point out that these elements are absolutely connected and that together they unfold the story for us. This made sense to my students.

  Grappling with Complexity: Setting/Plot/Character Chart
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Charting Elements of Fiction In the Novel Ceremony

Unit 4: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze the structure of a complex narrative by charting elements of fiction.

Big Idea: Detangling the complex narrative in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony.

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English / Language Arts, fiction (Analysis), fictional narratives, elements of fiction, character analysis, storytelling
  55 minutes
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