- Teaching Story Elements: Jack and the Beanstalk
- Class Size:
- Prep Time:
- 30 minutes to an hour
- Multiple Class Sessions
- Reading and Language Arts
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- Smart Board (or a projector and a white board)
I use the children's story, Jack and the Beanstalk, to teach middle schoolers the story elements. I create a Smart Board presentation to help them.
- TSWBAT read and comprehend a short story.
- TSWBAT define story elements (Plot, Setting, Character, Theme, Conflict) and give examples of them in their reading.
- Using the Smart Board, discuss slides 1-8 with students. (What are story elements? What are the important story elements?)
- Read Jack and the Beanstalk with your students. (Usually, I read it and then have at least one other student read the story, so the students get a different perspective)
- Complete the Smart Board presentation, using slides 9-10. Students match the story element terms with the example from the story.
- I then allow students the opportunity to discuss anything they don't understand.
- We follow the lesson up by giving the students the opportunity to rewrite the ending to Jack and the Beanstalk, or to create their own story with the same THEME.
- After students have been introduced to story elements, we play a game of "I Have, Who Has"
- Student feedback is the assessment for this lesson. It's purpose is simply to introduce story elements and get them familiar with it.