Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Plot Triangles - Section 3: Character vs Self Plot Practice


After reading Ferdinand, I felt that many students were having trouble with some of the plot pieces. In particular, the rising and falling actions. The climax was only difficult for a few. It was also very difficult for them to understand Character VS Self. I thought it would be best to do another example with another story. Moving too quickly would just leave many behind. 

I decided to read The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. This is an easier book to model Character VS Self. It also something that is familiar and the discussion might be easier for students to participate in. 

 After reading, my students were much more confident with their answers and giving the why they felt that way. Students could discuss the Character VS Self aspect. The determined that the Ugly Duckling did not feel good about himself and that it made life harder on him. They also determined that if he had hatched with swans he would be a different character. I was excited that they got it.


  Grappling with Complexity: Ugly Duckling
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Plot Triangles

Unit 10: Story Elements
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT create a graphic organizer to help them understand plot.

Big Idea: This lesson shows students a graphic they can create to help them determine the plot of a story. It also introduces the first plot structure of Character vs Self and they will use the triangle to understand plot.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Fiction (Reading), plot, character vs. self, plot triangle
  30 minutes
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