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Completing the Circle: The Craft of Circular Plot Structure

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Title:

Completing the Circle: The Craft of Circular Plot Structure

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Content Source:

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

After exploring a variety of circle plot storybooks, students identify, explore, and apply the elements of circle plot structures to their own stories. "Reading like writers," students will explore the ways that stories are structured; then, "writing like writers," students explore organizational structures in their own writing. Students first examine the attributes of circular shapes and brainstorm things with a circular pattern, such as seasons. After exploring how Cynthia Rylant's Long Night Moon might be a circular story, students listen to a circle story read aloud. Students discuss why the story is called a circular story and make connections to Rylant's book. They then read several more examples and, using circle plot diagrams as their tools, students write their own circular plot stories. Finally, students share their work with peers, revise their work using a checklist for self-evaluation, and compare their self-evaluation to teacher assessment.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: K
3 ) With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story. [RL.K.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.K.3- With prompting and support, identify characters and setting in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: K
9 ) Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding. [RL.K.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: K
23 ) Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding. [RF.K.4]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.K.23- Read an emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: K
26 ) Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened. [W.K.3]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: K
29 ) Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them). [W.K.7]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
1 ) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RL.1.1]

a. Make predictions from text clues. (Alabama)


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.1.1- Ask and/or answer who, what, when, where, and how questions about a story.
ELA.AAS.1.1a- Make predictions about what will happen next in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
3 ) Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. [RL.1.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.1.3- Identify characters and setting in a story; identify details of characters and setting in a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
24 ) Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure. [W.2.3]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.2.24- Compose narrative texts by introducing characters or a narrator and organizing events in sequence.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
25 ) With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing. [W.2.5]

Tags: circle plot, circular story, collaborate, Cynthia Rylant, Long Night Moon, readers, reading, revise, self evaluation, writers, writing
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