This week I’m answering the request of teaching parts of a story. Last week I shared the paragraph hamburger which could be used for a story as well, in its simplest form, since each story has a Beginning, Middle, and End. Yep, those are the simplest parts of a story.
So if you want to use the hamburger again you could. Personally, I’d stay away from using it again. It is possible that using the hamburger for two different but similar things might confuse the children. I think the story taco is a better choice. Done the way the blogger suggests though will bring up other parts of a story: topic, characters, setting, and plot. http://mrsdyesclass.blogspot.com/2012/07/taco-story.html
Your children may not be ready for some of those words/concepts, so you can start out with this cute printable for talking about stories. http://www.teachwithme.com/downloads/item/3202-1143 It has the author, illustrator, characters, setting, problem, and solution. It is nicely done and free to print, just register with your email address (I think).
Here is a really cute simple printable. It has characters and settings on the lefts side and on the right one box with beginning, middle, and end and the word plot in the upper right hand corner. I really like it. Look at this pin on pinterest first and you will see what the printable looks like so you can find it easier on the webpage where it is hosted.
If you just want a printable to remind you or an older student of the five essential parts of a story, there is a simple (but wordy) printable here.
I’m not sure what age level this would be for but it is an interesting interactive for the elements of a story. Now the words used here are setting, character, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution. I did not take time to go through this interactive because I was running low on time and it reads Cinderella and uses it to talk about the story elements. https://www.learner.org/interactives/story/ I think it would be worth viewing if you are teaching the elements of a story. Don’t underestimate children’s ability to understand bigger words but do allow them to use the simpler words until they are comfortable using the more complex ones.
Finally, if you want some different ways for your child to write about the elements of a story, check out this pinterest board. https://www.pinterest.com/hewittl/fiction-story-elements/ It has a LOT of different ideas. There are simpler ideas for the younger children and some for older children, as well.
I hope you find these links helpful in teaching your children about the elements of a story from simple to more advanced ideas.
Until next time, God bless,