Identifying and Analyzing Plot Structure in The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe

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Theme:

Identifying and Analyzing the Plot Structure of a Story

Grades:

3 - 5

Subject:

Reading and Language Arts

Duration:

2–3 class periods including time to read the story

Standards
& Goals:

New Jersey State Core Content Curriculum Standards:
Reading/Language Arts:
3.1 Reading
   A. Concepts About Print
   E. Reading Strategies
   F. Vocabulary and Concept Development
   G. Comprehension Skills and Response to Text

Note that standards in this lesson plan are for example only. This lesson can be easily adapted to meet your state's specific standards.

Objectives:

Students will:

  • Read and discuss the book The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe literally and analytically.
  • Define the terms exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution as they pertain to the plot structure of a story.
  • Identify, define and analyze the plot of a story.
  • Complete a Plot Structure graphic organizer.
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