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Maggie Tejada – Adapted from readwritethink.org

Review Elements of Fiction by Creating a Stapeless book online. (4th Grade)

In this lesson students review the elements of fiction and key components of a book report. They are then given an opportunity to identify and share these concepts by writing and illustrating their own mini-book based on a fiction book they have chosen to read. They use the online Stapleless Book tool to publish their mini-books. This activity offers an alternative to the traditional book report and an opportunity for students to share their work in pairs or small groups and learn from each other.

Standards
Standard: I-C:3. – Analyze characters, events and plots from different texts and cite supporting evidence. Standard: 3.4. – Analyze literary elements in order to evaluate the quality of ideas and information in text Standard: 4.W.9.a. – Apply grade 4 reading standards to literature (e.g., ''Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions].''). Subject: Arts Education

Standard: V.1A.2. – Apply the elements of art in assigned visual arts problems.

Materials
Crayons or colored pencils
Access to computer lab and printer
Various books read by students which will be the subject of stapleless book Before this lesson, have students read a book independently, in literature circles, or as a whole class. Review the elements of fiction (plot, character, setting, conflict, theme) using examples from stories students have previously read together.

STUDENT OBJECTIVES
Students will
* identify elements of fiction (plot, character, setting, conflict, and theme). * analyze a fiction book, locating elements of plot within that book. * communicate elements of plot in their book, in visual and written form, by producing a mini-book. * celebrate reading by sharing their stapleless books with their...
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