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A Free Plot Lesson to Improve Comprehension

According to the Common Core standards, students need to be able to recount stories, describe an overall structure of a story, and describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story in elementary school. Therefore, a plot lesson is necessary and very important.

In previous posts, I shared some plot worksheets for students’ independent work, and some plot task cards to use flexibly as a reinforcement. Today, I am going to talk about a ready-to-teach plot lesson and share a freebie with you. The freebie includes a plot ppt mini-lesson with various types of questions for practice. Click here to get the freebie.

If you like the freebie and want to get the lesson, you can click here. The lesson includes four sections that I am going to talk more about below.

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Plot Lesson Section 1: Introduction/Basic Concepts

The first section has slides with basic definitions or concepts for teachers to teach. In this lesson, the first slide tells the definition of “plot” and introduces the story mountain and its elements. The second slide explains each element in the story mountain, so students will know what to look for when they read a text.

what is the plot
What is the Plot?
elements in the story mountain
Elements in the Story Mountain

Plot Lesson Section 2: Multiple-Choice & Matching & Short-Response Questions

This section contains various types of questions for differentiation purposes. There are multiple-choice questions, matching questions with or without the story mountain graphic organizer, and short-response questions, etc. 

For each type of question, there are enough questions for you to model and do guided practice with students. You may even have enough for students’ independent practice after your mini-lesson. If you need more practice, check out the Plot Worksheets blog post and get the free worksheets packet.

Multiple-Choice Questions & Matching Questions

The first ten multiple-choice questions serve as a quick check of student’s understanding of the basic concepts. However, if you think your students already understand the meaning of “plot” and each element in the story mountain graphic organizer, you may skip these questions.

Plot Multiple-Choice Questions
Plot Multiple-Choice Questions
Plot Matching Questions with Classic Stories
Plot Matching Questions with Classic Stories

Then, there are matching questions based on four classic stories:

  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Cinderella

You may need to read the stories to your students first if they don’t know them. The key events of each story are provided on top of each slide. All your students need to do is to find where each event belongs in the story mountain graphic organizer. They can either drag the event text box to the corresponding spot or simply draw a line to connect the boxes. 

Questions Based on Interesting Texts

Next, there are two texts for students to read and do some practice, including multiple-choice, matching, and short-response questions.

For your students who need more support, they can just work on the multiple-choice questions. For those who need more challenges, they can try the short-response questions as they need to identify, summarize, and match the events with the story mountain elements.

Plot Multiple-choice Questions Based on a Text
Multiple-choice Questions Based on a Text
Plot Matching Questions Based on a Text
Matching Questions Based on a Text
Plot Short-response Questions Based on a Text
Short-response Questions Based on a Text

Section 3: Moving Towards Writing

Moving from reading to writing is a challenging step for most of our students, but it’s necessary. According to Bloom’s Taxonomy, “Create” is the highest level of learning.

Therefore, I have four writing questions in this section. For each writing question, there is a clear prompt and a picture to help students stay on track and brainstorm ideas. 

Plot Writing Questions
Plot Writing Questions
Plot Lesson Review
Plot Lesson Review

Section 4: Review/Wrap up the Lesson

Finally, there is one slide for you to review the learning and wrap up the lesson. After that, you may ask students to reflect on what they have learned in this lesson and ask questions if they still have any.

Follow-Up the Plot Lesson

As I have mentioned above, if you need more resources regarding teaching the plot, you may check out theplot worksheets andplot task cards.

Otherwise, these two products are also very helpful. The freebies only reflect a little part of the products.

Plot big bundle

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