Lesson Plan

Five Elements of a Story

Using the Five Elements of a Story in Reading and Writing
Renny F.
Assistant Principal
P.S. 130 Hernando Desoto
New York, NY
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to identify the five elements of a story and use them to create their own stories.

English Language Arts
Grades 2 - 4
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1 Hook

Students will watch a Flocabulary rap video on SchoolTube.  While watching the video, students can take notes and identify the five elements of a story.  They will also come up with their own definitions based on what they have seen and heard in the video.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

After students have taken notes on what they have learned from the video, discuss what the students have learned as a whole group.  Have students share with a partner or in small groups first.  Chart out what students have discussed.  

3 Guided Practice

Have students use Toontastic to create a story together with all five elements.  Before students use the app, have them first use a graphic organizer to help them plan out thier story.  After they have outlined a plan, have them use the Toontastic App to create their story with all five elements.  

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Assessing

For homework, students will write and reflect about the process they used to create a story.  Students will write about the story they have worked on in their groups.  They may write down any additional ideas or edits that they have in mind for their group story.

Have them share the process with a family member.

5 Wrap-up

Students will reconvene in their groups and discuss any additional ideas or edits they want to make in their story.  Students will be given time to complete their Toontastic stories.  They will use a rubric to make sure they have included all 5 elements in their story.  Students will share their animated videos with their classmates and families.