Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Plot, and supports the standard of analyzing how ideas and characters develop over the course of a story. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to think of their favorite book or movie. Ask: Did a character change by the end of the story? How? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “In Depth,” “In Practice,” or “Theory.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that summarizes the plot of your favorite book. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map  identifying the key elements of the plot of your favorite story. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that shares something about the plot of your favorite story. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about plot.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How does a book’s plot impact a reader’s enjoyment of the story?
  • When might writers use non-traditional plot structures? What effect might this have on readers? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Plot Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Thicken the plot with BrainPOP’s Literary Genres and Story Conflict topics.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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