ELA Grades 3-6

ELA Resources

Book Floods

One way to allow your students to become experts over a certain

genre or author is to allow them to discover the characteristics by using book floods. Start by setting groups of books at several different tables or

groups of desks around the room. The books should either be written in

the genre or by the author that you are studying. Devote a chunk of

time to allow students to read through books while looking for

commonalities between all texts. Beforehand, develop guiding

questions or a chart that students may use to guide their thinking

towards the elements of a particular genre or an author.

At the end of the time, students should share what they have

‘discovered’ with their groups and then with the class.

Creating an anchor chart with students’ “conclusions” will help to foster ownership

of learning, and will allow for important information to stay posted in

the room for the duration of the unit.

Book Flood Activity

Open Ended Questioning

The Plot Thickens Activity (GT/Pre-AP)

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students consider how the insertion of today’s technology would change literary classics and how technology challenges contemporary writers. They then create a Web page, blog, video or text message transcription for a literary character.

Source: NY Times

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Interactives: Elements of a Story (Annenberg Learner)

Elements of a Story is an interactive Web site where students can learn about different literary "ingredients" that make up a story. After watching and listening to an interactive version of "Cinderella," students will learn about various elements that are common to all stories: setting, characters, plot, exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution.

This site features an interactive explanation of each literary element, which is then followed by a series of activities to enhance students' understanding. Students will be asked to put plot developments into the correct order, select appropriate settings and characters, and sort events and exposition.

Elements of a Story has been created with these standards and activities in mind. After completing this interactive, students will be able to:

  • identify literary elements and plot components of a familiar folk tale;

  • describe the different literary elements of a story, including characters, setting, and sequence of events;

  • define literary plot components, including exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution.

Try it out! click here!