Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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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  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 on the Plot topic page.
  • 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: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about plot while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that summarizes the plot of your favorite book. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map  identifying the key elements of the plot of your favorite story.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that shares something about the plot of your favorite story.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Plot Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Plot Quiz.

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of story elements with these topics: Literary Genres and Story Conflict.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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