Lesson Plan

Discovering Story Elements

An introduction to story elements: characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution.
Becky K.
Classroom teacher
Avonworth Elementary School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. (CCSS RL3.1)
  • Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events (CCSS RL 3.3)
English Language Arts
Grades 3
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1 Hook

BrainPOP Jr.
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Students will watch brief video clips that describe the elements of a story; plot, setting and characters. Students will enjoy Mobi's antics!  The story element vocabulary is explained clearly. 

2 Direct Instruction

Reading Rainbow
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Shared Reading of  any fiction text...this step does not require an app or website.  Many students are more engaged by digital storybooks...I would also recommend any website that shares quality literature.

3 Guided Practice

Students will create a story map for "Where the Wild Things Are" with a partner.


There are several maps: Character Map, Conflict Map, Resolution Map, and Setting Map.  I would assign groups to complete different maps, they could also compare their answers between groups. The website cannot check for understanding, the teacher will need to do this.  

4 Independent Practice

Student will choose another fiction text to read.

5 Wrap-Up

Students will create a map or maps based on their independently chosen text.