Strengthen reading comprehension, critical thinking skills and written expression with our Plot Lesson Plan. This interactive lesson equips students to define plot, as well as to identify the plot parts and explain how they are used in a story. Students will reinforce their understanding by writing a story using what they learned about plot.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask students: Who can give the class a brief summary of their previous evening? What did you do?
- Once a volunteer responds, turn their summary into a story?
- Repeat the question and allow for responses one or two more times.
- Ask students who the characters were in the different stories. Ask about the settings, situations, etc. Finally, ask students questions related to the plot.
- Allow for responses and discussion.
- Introduce plot to the class by explaining that everyday occurrences can also be turned into a story and they have plots which can be broken down into its parts.
- Allow for further discussion and questions related to the earlier student “stories”.
- Distribute Plot content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding. Save the final question for the closing to the lesson.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses, assuring they understand the different parts of the plot. They will need to be clear on the parts in order to do the Writing activity.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Give students a sufficient amount of time to complete the information before pairing students.
- Once students are paired, distribute scratch paper and lined paper for final copies, or allow students to use a word processing program.
- Encourage students to combine as many of their ideas together as possible, but making sure the stories flow smoothly and are well organized.
- Following an adequate amount of time, the students begin reading aloud the stories to the class. Be sure students have included information from each part of the plot by asking questions about the story.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students the question from the content pages: Do you have an idea for a story or a special reason to write a story? Share your thoughts.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.5
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.