Interest Building Activity
Have students choose a book of their choice from the classroom library. After they have each chosen their book, direct their attention to the back of the book (or the inside panel of the book jacket if it has one) where it gives a brief synopsis of what the story is about. Have them all read this passage silently. Then ask them what this passage tells them. Tell them that this is called the plot of the story, and write the word ‘Plot’ on the board.
Read the story of Snow White to your students. Ask them to pay particular attention to the plot of the story as you read it. Stories will usually have a beginning where the characters are introduced, a conflict that goes on that needs to be resolved somehow, a climax where everything reaches a turning point in the story, and finally, a resolution to the story, where everything is wrapped up.
After reading the story, have students take out a piece of paper. Ask them to write out the plot of the story. In he beginning, the characters are introduced. Next, the conflict is presented. The conflict in the story of Snow White is that her father marries a lady after Snow White’s mother died, and that lady is very vain and jealous of Snow White. She sends someone to kill Snow White, but Snow White’s life is spared and she finds a place to stay with seven dwarves. Next, the climax. This occurs when Snow White is given a poison apple by her stepmother, and is unconscious. Finally, the resolution occurs when the Prince comes by the seven dwarves’ cabin and is able to revive Snow White, after which the stepmother is turned to stone and
For homework, have students choose a book they like and ask them to write out the plot to the story in several sentences. Make sure they include at least the conflict, climax, and resolution while writing out their plots.
For a writing lesson, have students write out their own plot to a story they have made up. Tell them to make sure they include a part where they introduce the characters, setting, etc., a conflict, a climax to the story, and a resolution to the conflict they have presented. You may choose to continue on by having them work on writing out their story throughout the course of several classes.