K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Kindergarten walk
This is an introductory lesson in a series of lessons on our community and community helpers. Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins will be used as the pattern to plan our own walk around our school playground. Students will then create a simple map of our school playground.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Social Studies)
By Michelle Hensley.
Pigs and wolf on a map!
The students will construct a Double Bubble Map to compare and contrast two versions of a familiar fairytale.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–4 English Language Arts)
By Cherry Randall.
Is Mr. Wolf really a bad guy?
This lesson is intended to show children the importance of evaluating information as they read. The author's point of view is limited in that it only truly shows one side of the story. There is always another perspective. How the author views a subject colors everything that he or she writes about.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
The very hungry teacher
After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle students will use the writing process to write their own version of a Very Hungry story. They will use a flow map for pre-writing. Students will write a rough draft that will be revised and edited with a partner and a teacher.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Kelly Zumwalt.
Exciting narrative endings
This lesson emphasizes the importance of a strong ending for a narrative essay and teaches students specific items to include in their endings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Ann Jolly.

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Graphic organizer that allows students to detail important elements of a story, including characters, plot, action, and setting.

See also graphic organizer.

Additional information

Story maps can be used for clarification while reading a text, or as a review strategy. Story maps are also useful as a pre-writing activity for a book report or student-authored story.

Examples and resources

See Read.Write.Think for a description of the story map, including an online tool for developing story maps as well as lesson plans using this strategy. In addition, Intervention Central has an Advanced Story Map Worksheet to outline central components of a story.