Lesson Plan #:AELP-WCP002
Author: Debra Toennis, Park School, Weiser, Idaho Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): 4, 5, 6
- Language Arts/Writing (composition)
OVERVIEW: We are all familiar with Story Starters, which initiate an idea from which an exposition flows. This variation requires students to think in reverse; to reconstruct the missing elements of a story so that they make sense, or fit into what has been provided. Students themselves will judge the results, identifying which tales are more complete, interesting, imaginative, and do the best to incorporate the known facts.
PURPOSE: This writing activity uses the fairy tale structure to demonstrate all of the elements of a short story.
OBJECTIVE(s): The students will be able to:
- fairy tale (For best results, use a lesser known fairy tale.)
- art supplies
ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER An excellent way to teach story structure is to make a flow chart of a story, listing the elements in order. It’s fun to watch The Little Mermaid and then identify the elements of the story.
It is possible to expand this activity by using different genres (Science Fiction, Mystery, Humorous, etc…).
May 1994 These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.