Lesson Plan : Learning the Elements of a Plot

Teacher Name:
 Stacey Stafford
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Literature Activities

Topic:
 Learning the Elements of a Plot
Content:
 Plot: Introduction, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution
Goals:
 Understand plot structure and development of time and sequence; Understand internal and external conflict
Objectives:
 Students will be able to identify the plot elements in a television sitcom. Students will be able to identify the internal and external conflicts in the television sitcom.
Materials:
 DVD of sitcom. Pretty much anything that is appropriate for class.
Introduction:
 The teacher will ask the students what makes up the plot of a story. She will then list the various elements (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) on the board and ask the students to write them in the correct order on a piece of paper.
Development:
 The teacher will then go over each part of the plot in detail. She will explain the importance of the introduction and what it should entail. She will discuss the internal and external conflicts that make up the rising action and climax of a story. She will then explain the reason for the falling action and resolution. She will ask if they have ever read a story without any of these elements and how it changed the story.
Practice:
 Students will watch the television sitcom and record the elements of the plot. After viewing the program, the teacher will discuss the various answers.
Checking For Understanding:
 The teacher will review with the students the plot of a story and remind them of the homework assignment.
Closure:
 Each student will be given an exit slip to write one thing they learned or one thing they did not understand in today's lesson to be turned in before leaving.

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