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Learners can struggle when it comes to remember the events in a larger text. Use this simple and creative tool to help students track the events as they unfold in this file folder events resource. Print the cards for learners to place inside of the file folder. As students finish reading a chapter, they will draw a picture on the outside to demonstrate an important events and inside of the flap, learners will write a short synopsis of what happened in the chapter. This will help students not only remember events but also determine how the chapter connect. Recommended for grades 3-6



Challenge your learners with their knowledge of the elements for each type of story with this Sort the Elements Sort. Keep in mind that a prose is a fancy term for a short story, novel etc. Students can work independently or with a small group to sort the elements. Challenge learners by having them explain what each element is when sorting. this is a great activity to have for a practice and to also use at the start of small group instructions. Recommended for grades 3-6



This is a whole group activity for your class. Quiz Quiz Trade is about communication, collaboration and movement. Have your vocabulary words printed and laminated (option for durability). Pass out one card to each learner. Give them one minute to review the meaning and pronunciation of the word. Learners will stand and as the music plays they will walk around. Once the music stops, they will pair up and quiz each other on the word. Once finished, learners will begin walking around to the music and when it stops pair up to a different person. This time, they will trade and have a new card. Repeat the process. 



This chapter tracker is another form of tracking the events in the text. However, this one comes with more information for learners to analyze. You can have learners track their chapters by making multiple copies and binding this into a single booklet. Students will read the chapter and then complete the tracker by filling out each part. This resource is best to use when completing a novel study with a group or having a whole class novel study. Recommended for grades 5-6



Collaborative Sequence is a whole class activity. After reading a story, each students draws one part of the story, and writes one detailed sentences about that part they drew. Students then determine where the events fall: beginning, middle, and end. The class will then be divided into three groups based on the part of the story to determine an order for each piece in sequences. The class then stands in a circle around the room and reads the combined pieces in sequence. Adjustments can be made before the reading. Then lead the class to discuss if the plot has been captured. Bind into a class book and place in your library. Grades 3-6



Story highs and lows is a visual representation of the events that are unfolding within a story. Students can work as a class, or small groups to read a story and determine key events that occur. Be sure to choose a text that has a well developed plot for learners. For more book recommendations be sure to reference ANCHOR 3 for reading literature. Students will then provide a rating to each events on its importance in story/plot structure. 



This is my FAVORITE type of activity! I love the colors and the fact that it helps to make the reading more visible when analyzing the text. Using highlighters, first determine a purpose. This can be to locate a character's thoughts, action, feelings, and saying. Each one could have a separate color. You could also use it for plot! Use separate colors to locate the elements of plot. Intended for all grades and modified based on your standards. 

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Get your students using terms more often by exposing them to the word and having it posted on your word wall. This resource comes with two versions of all the element words you will use throughout teaching literature. The larger version can be printed on to colored paper or cardstock and laminated. Post these around your classroom or on a word wall for students to have constant exposure. The smaller versions are used as mini testing cards. Print a few versions and have these at your small group table. When students come to group, they can partner up and test each other on the words.