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Students become motivated readers as they read, comprehend, and interpret a short story. Students present plot diagrams in slideshows and additional information about the author in a brochure.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will analyze the elements of plot. Using an assigned short story, students will create a sequential diagram illustrating the elements of plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will design a short story slideshow presentation. Students will research the author of their assigned story and present this information in a brochure.
Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Copies of a variety of short stories (as multicultural as possible), copies of the attachments provided, media center access
Technology Resources Needed:
Computers with Internet access, printer, presentation software (such as PowerPoint), desktop publishing software, TV scan converter or other digital projection device
Students will need a basic working knowledge of word processing and slideshow software.
The students will be evaluated on the following: following directions, accuracy/completeness of work, grammar/spelling. A rubric is attached.
Students may use graphic organizers to categorize the various elements of a plot diagram.
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for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.