Duration: 180 minutes
General Objectives:Through reading,student should gain a better understanding of the role of plot structure in short stories.In addition,they should develop better writing skills.
Specific Objectives:Students should be able to:
Review the characteristics of plot.
Work in whole class, cooperative groups, and individually to read short stories.
Analyse the plot structure of several short stories.
Use Plot Diagram interactive as prewriting activity for essay tracing plot structure in a short story.
Write a short story and present it to the class.
Resource and Materials
35 blank leaves
Methodology: Discussion, Question and Answer, Small Groups.
1. Introduce students to plot structure, using the Elements of Plot PowerPoint Presentation (see notes on the slides).
2. Work as class to create plot pyramid for "Jack and the Beanstalk." While this may seem elementary, fairy tales are frequently used at the secondary level to help students more easily see plot structure. Students can also work in small groups in the computer lab. If Internet access is limited, the teacher can read aloud the tale, students can brainstorm events, and the class can diagram the plot on the board or on paper.
3. As a class, read If cornered scream
4. Ask students to brainstorm the significant events in the story. As students make suggestions, write the events on the board.
5. When students finish making suggestions, review the list. Ask students to look for any items which have been omitted or items which should be combined.
6. Discuss the difference between significant events and the other events in the story. Remind students of the information from the Elements of Plot PowerPoint Presentation, particularly the connections between the plot and the conflict in the story.
7. Display the