Story Elements in a Fictional Setting




Aida Hadzovic, 7th Grade ELA, PS/IS 226- Alfred De B. Mason, New York City. 



How do you explain to middle school students that not all stories have happy endings? How do middle school students resolve issues in their lives? When teaching story elements in 7th-grade, we need to be mindful of how students interact with the story elements. For example, do students completely understand each step of the plot mountain: exposition, rising action, climax, conflict, falling action, and resolution.



The Beginning Components of a Plot Mountain  

In order to fully understand how story elements interact with one another, we need to teach the beginning portion of exposition which includes but is not limited to: setting: time and place. Students perform better when they can visualize a story.







Integrating with PearDeck 

Ever since switching from hybrid too remote, remote to hybrid, and back to remote, we have to come up with creative ways to teach the content. WipeBook provides me with an opportunity to draw a plot mountain and then have students interact on the WipeBook via PearDeck during remote instruction.






Comparing Notes 

Students compare drawings of the story/plot mountain based on what students know from the texts. This is an example of an active formative assessment in which students can use both WipeBook to compare notes. Since every student learns differently, WipeBook is an excellent source of differentiation.






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