Extra note cards of same color used for characters, setting and beginning, middle, end (***Have the beginning, middle and end cards written ahead of time to save time)
Chair for cooking pot
Before starting the lesson, have the cards labeled characters, setting, beginning, middle and end in the cooking pot as well as the photocopy of the cover of the book (You don’t want the students to see the photocopy of the cover)
Have students gather on the floor and put on apron and chef’s hat. Place cooking pot on chair, take off lid and start stirring.
Explain that you are “cooking” a story stew and you need to make sure you have all the needed ingredients. Ask students to explain the “ingredients” needed to create a story. As students give answers (characters, setting, beginning, middle, end) pull out the corresponding cards and drop back into the pot.
Beginning-Character and setting introduced as well as problem
Middle-How characters try to solve the problem
End-How the problem is solved
Explain you now want to make a specific story stew-one for the book Owen. Remind students as you read the story they need to be listening for the different “ingredients” used by the author.
Discuss story as read
After you finish reading story, ask students to name one of the ingredients needed for the story (***Start with either characters or setting and save beginning, middle, end for last). Continue until discussed all ingredients
Ask students to name the characters in the story and record each one on a card the same color as the original character card. As you write the cards, place them in the cooking pot and stir.
Owen, Mom, Dad, Mrs. Tweezers, Fuzzy (the blanket)
Ask students to name the setting of the story. As you write the card, place it in the cooking pot and stir.
Ask students to describe what happened at the beginning, middle and end (***To save time have these cards pre-written). As you write the cards, place them in the cooking pot and stir.
Beginning-Owen takes his blanket, Fuzzy, everywhere. Parents want Owen to give up Fuzzy.
Middle-Owen’s parents tell Owen the Blanket Fairy is coming.
Owen’s father dips a corner of Fuzzy in vinegar. Owen’s parents tell him he can’t take Fuzzy to school.
End-Owen’s mother cuts Fuzzy apart into little handkerchiefs.
Once all of the ingredients have been added, give one final stir and explain when you have all of the ingredients present for the story stew (characters, setting, beginning, middle, end) you then have a story. Pull out the photocopied cover of the book.
Lesson adapted from - “Story Stew-Teaching Character, Plot and Setting” http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/1353.html