1. Whole class lesson:
After reviewing plot elements with a plot mountain diagram from our workbooks, we created a plot mountain for the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. I retold the story and wrote the elements on the whiteboard with the kids' input.
2. Group practice:
|Groups read a children's book out loud.|
|Then they drew a plot mountain and added events from the story in the correct places.|
|When they presented, I discussed any misconceptions and had them make corrections.|
Students created a plot mountain in their STAR notebooks and recorded elements of a story we had read together from the textbook. After checking the first group, I decided I needed to read the story out loud again and stop to let students make a list of events first. Then they could decide where the climax was and put all of the elements on the mountain. That worked MUCH better!