Learning About Stories in Lower Elementary

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Students in Lower Elementary have begun their semester-long study of Creative Writing by learning about the basic parts of a story: the beginning, the middle, and the end. Last week they completed an activity that allowed them to tell a three-part story like this in both pictures and words, and this week they have moved on to an activity that is both simpler and more challenging: telling a story in the form of a three-panel comic strip, making sure to still include a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Next week some students will advance to learning about the five elements of plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) and produce five-panel comic strips that include each of these elements, while other students will transfer their knowledge of beginnings, middles, and ends into a Writer’s Workshop storybook of their own creation.

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