Characteristics of Good Readers
Elements of Good Fiction
Unit Essential Questions:
What do good readers do every time they read?
1. How and why do good readers use prior knowledge?
2. How and why do good readers ask questions about the text while reading?
3. How and why do good readers learn ways to ask themselves good questions?
4. How is the main idea used to help readers summarize?
5. How and why do good readers draw conclusions/make inferences?
6. How and why do good readers make predictions?
7. How and why do good readers identify cause/effect relationships?
- To understand the actions of characters
- To make meaning of the story (plot)
8. How do good readers identify and use the elements of fiction?
Unit Skills and Concepts:
1. All narratives contain elements of plot.
2. Stories can be told through fiction, drama, and pictures.
3. Words have roles in sentences. Author's word choice and sentence structure impact the reader's comprehension and enjoyment.
Concept: Author's Craft
- Lesson Essential Questions
1. How do authors use point of view to tell a story?
2. How do authors use flashback and foreshadowing to tell a story?
3. How do authors communicate the tone of a story?
1. point of view
2. first person
3. third person
4. second person
6. limited omniscient
7. third person limited
- Literary element - irony, verbal irony
Concept: Story Elements
- Lesson Essential Questions:
1. How do good readers use setting, characters, and conflict to understand the plot of a story?
2. How do cause and effect impact the elements of a plot?
- Vocabulary: character, setting, plot, conflict, rising action, falling action, climax, resolution
Today's Skills or Concepts
The student will be able to identify and analyze the story's plot and differentiate between internal and external conflict.
A. The students will read "Warm" pages 39 - 44 in the text.
B. The teacher will guide a discussion and analysis of exposition, internal conflict, external conflict, complication, climax, and resolution in the selection.
C. Students will demonstrate an understanding of irony and its relationship to the plot of Jack London's "War."
D. Students will name some characteristics of a hero and possible outcomes for heroes in stories. The teacher will suggest that students be alert to unexpected elements in "War."
D. The teacher will guide a discussion of irony of situation and have students relate this literary element to the selection.
E. The teacher and students will complete together "Reading Check," "For Study and Discussion," "Literary Elements, 'Language and Vocabulary," and "Reacting to a Story," pages 44 - 45 in the text.