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


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

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Story surgery
As early as first grade, children can begin to revise their stories using "Story Surgery." In this lesson, students learn how to use scissors to perform "story surgery" by cutting their stories apart at the point where more information can be added.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Little Bit - BIG BIT - Little Bit
This lesson helps students who tend to jump right in and tell their entire story in the first few sentences and then struggle to complete their story. Students will learn to start and end their stories with just a "Little Bit" about the setup and closure of the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Writing with Koala Lou: Sequencing and BME
After reading the story Koala Lou aloud, students practice sequencing the events of the story and identifying the beginning, middle, and end. Upon completing this activity in cooperative groups they write using a teacher given prompt, including proper sequence and beginning, middle, and end. They also share the final product with their cooperative group.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts)
By Jenifer Lewis.
Habitat happenings
During this lesson students will demonstrate their understanding of what a habitat is through a creative writing assignment. The students will choose an animal to be and will describe themselves and their living environment.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Kelly Stewart.
Story sequencing
This multi-faceted lesson teaches students how to sequence stories. It reinforces the following concepts: first, last, before, after, left, right. This lesson can also focus on carryover of articulation skills to answering questions as well as story telling.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Michele Christon.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Students will examine language in three different versions of the traditional "Gruff" tale. These will be compared and contrasted through Venn diagrams. Each text will be introduced, examined, and contrasted in a different lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Sandra Doyle.
Where do I begin?
Picking a good beginning helps you to focus your story on just one main event. In this lesson students will learn how to pick a good beginning for their personal narratives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Storytelling with Cherokee folktales
This is a two day lesson pertaining to telling Cherokee folktales. This lesson can be modified and used with any folktale.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Ricky Hamilton.
Gingerbread Man Fun
This lesson will allow students to demonstrate sense of beginning, middle, and end of a story. They will also use various objects to create patterns comparing these objects using appropriate vocabulary (small, medium, large).
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts)
By Rebecca Jones.
A million fish... Serving up exaggeration
Students will become familiar with the term "exaggeration" and how it can be used in stories to catch the reader's attention. Students will create narrative stories of their own using exaggeration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Jennie McGuire.
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.
Teaching suggestions: African and African American storytelling
These teaching suggestions present a variety of ways to work with an article about African and African American storytelling traditions in the context of American slavery. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
"So what?" details
Students will learn that adding details to a piece of writing doesn't make it better if the details are "So What?" details. Details and elaboration should be related to the main idea and should move the story along in an interesting manner.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Splitting bears
Students will learn sequencing (beginning, middle, end) by using a bear pattern.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Kendra Sisk.
Getting in order: "Jack and the Beanstalk"
The students will read "Jack and the Beanstalk" as a group and create flip books to illustrate and sequence the main events.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts)
By Leslie Robinson.
The Legend of the Blue Bonnet
Students will create their own version/retelling of The Legend of the Blue Bonnet by Tomie dePaola
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts)
By Shari Peacock.
Lesson plans for teaching focus
A collection of LEARN NC's lesson plans for teaching focus, the first of the five features of effective writing.
Format: bibliography/help
Rama learns that Sita is alive
In The Ramayana, page 7.12
The story of Sita's son is told to Rama at the palace, as portrayed in a mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Rama sits elevated on his palace veranda listening to Laksman and his other courtiers tell the story of how they only pretended to kill the...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Mixing colors with Little Blue and Little Yellow
This is an integrated lesson based on a French book entitled Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. Within the lesson, students will experiment with various colors to create new colors and eventually write their own version of this story.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Science)
By Lisa Tartaglia.
Connecting oral history to geography: The changes of Madison County
In North Carolina maps, page 2.4
In this lesson, students ground the story of a county in corresponding maps. Students will show an understanding of the geography surrounding an oral history.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.