Semester review packet: story elements activity #1: Pre-Test (separate sheet) score: Reflection on Activity 1

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END OF 1st SEMESTER REVIEW PACKET: STORY ELEMENTS


ACTIVITY #1: Pre-Test (separate sheet) SCORE:_________

Reflection on Activity 1:

1. Are you proud or upset by your score? Why?
2. What is your weakest area/element?
ACTIVITY #2: Story Elements Rap “FIVE THINGS” by Flocabulary

http://flocabulary.com/fivethings/


_______________, that's like where it's going down,
Could be the train compartment, a castle or a town,
Could be the Arctic winter - like To Build a Fire,
The temperature's dropping, excitement is getting higher,
Setting sets the _________ so the scene seems set,
Could be the Italian restaurant where we met,
Setting gives us the ____________ and the _________,
Could be modern day, the future, or way back when.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,


Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Plot is the ____________, the quest for satisfaction,


What's going down, what's going to happen.

Four men at sea in an open boat,

Rowing and hoping that they can stay afloat. The plot:
They have to make it to the beach,
But the waves are big, and the shore seems out of reach,
Plot is a series of _____________... like Lemoney Snicket,
It could be crazy, wild or straight wicked.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,


Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Knock knock, who's there? Oh, it's the characters,


The ____________ in the story who carry out the action.
Characters can be pretty, tiny or clean,
Characters can be silly, whiney or mean,
Juliet is a character, and so is Romeo,
Pokemon has characters and so does Yu-gi-oh,
Characters could be dogs, lions, or hippos,
JK Rowling chose Harry Potter. "Why?" Who knows!

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,


Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Uh-uh! Put your snack back in your backpack we're not finished!


Something gone wrong! That's the conflict kids,
A _______________ in the plot, now who's on top,
Could be a fight for money, like some robbers and cops,
Could be an _____________ conflict - a struggle inside,
Like I don't want to tell the truth but I don't ever want to lie,
Flick something in your eye, now you're conflicted,

What created drama? The _________________ did.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,

Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

The theme of the story is the __________________,
The central belief or the topic that's in there,
It's usually something abstract like sacrifice,
Isolation or resurrection: we're back to life,
Like don't lie, don't practice libel,
The theme of To Build a Fire is survival,
Survival on your own like Fievel Moskowitz,
Flocabulary's something that you HAVE TO GET...

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,


Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2


Reflection on Activity 2:

1. Did you like the song? Why?


2. Will it help you to remember the five elements of a story? How?
ACTIVITY #3: Characters
A _____________ is a person or animal in the story.
Characterization is shown through

1. the _______________ appearance

2.________________ and _______________ of the character

3. the character's interaction with ___________. (and how other characters think/feel about the character)



COMMON BOOK CHARACTERS—WRITE DOWN OUR LIST BELOW:

IN YOUR SMALL GROUP-- write out the character elements of each main character and discuss how they are the same and different. Each group will then present their findings to the class.


MAIN CHARACTER

CHARACTER ELEMENTS





















Video Clip for Characterization: ____________________________________


1. Why did they think Alf ate the cat? What might have happened previously to make them think this?

2. How would you describe Alf’s character after watching this clip? List three traits.

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ACTIVITY#4: Setting
Setting is ____________ and _________ the story takes place.
Let’s review the settings of pieces we’ve read:
1. Freak the Mighty

2.


3.
TV SHOW OPENINGS:
1. Name:__________________

Setting:


What kind of show might this be?
2. Name:__________________

Setting:


What kind of show might this be?
3. Name:__________________

Setting:


What kind of show might this be?

ACTIVITY #5: PLOT

Plot is the ______________ of ______________ in a story.

“Children’s Story Sort”

Title of story:____________________________________

Plot Line—Please label the plotline of your group’s story.







Be prepared to share your story with the rest of the class.
ACTIVITY #6: Theme
A theme should be a ____________________ that expresses a universal _____________and it is often the main idea of the selection.


  • Birth - life after loss, life sustains tragedy

  • Death - death as mystery, death as a new beginning

  • Heroism - false heroism, heroism and conflicting values

  • Escape - escape from family pressures, escaping social constraints

  • Love - love sustains/fades with a challenge

  • Journey - most journeys lead back to home

  • Coming of age - boy becomes a man

  • Patriotism - inner conflicts stemming from patriotism

  • Peace and war - war is tragic, peace is fleeting

  • Hope - hope rebounds

  • Hopelessness - finding hope after tragedy

  • Generation gap - experience versus youthful strength

  • Home - security of a homestead

  • Betrayal - fading bonds of love

  • Power - Lust for power

  • Isolation - the isolation of a soul

  • Judgment - balance between justice and judgement

  • Fortune - a fall from grace and fortune

  • Family - destruction of family

  • Sense of self - finding strength from within
  • God and spirituality - inner struggle of faith


  • Good and evil - the coexistence of good and evil on earth

  • Duty - the ethics of killing for duty

  • Survival - man against nature

  • Conformity - industrialization and the conformity of man

  • Individualism - choosing between security and individualism

  • Deception - appearance versus reality

  • Race relations - learned racism

  • Suffering - suffering as a natural part of human experience

  • Alienation - creating emotional isolation

  • Loss - loss of innocence, loss of individualism

  • Discovery - conquering unknown, discovering strength



Let’s identify the themes of different media formats. Use the list of Universal Themes.

1. Name:

Theme:


Media Type:
2. Name:

Theme:


Media Type:
3. Name:

Theme:


Media Type:
4. Name:

Theme:


Media Type:
ACTIVITY #7: Conflict
Conflict is the ________________ in the story. Conflict may in _______________ or _____________.
Role Playing Activity (See Separate handout)



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