Lessons & Units

Plot 1st Grade Unit


Lesson 1 Identifying Problems and Solutions in the Story Identify and describe the problems and solutions throughout a story.
Lesson 2 Retelling Problems and Solutions in Chronological Order Retell the problems and solutions in a story in sequence.
Lesson 3 Identifying Story Elements (1st grade) Identify and describe the story elements in a story (characters, setting, problem, solution).

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Create a “What are the parts of a story?” bulletin board. Display definitions of characters, setting, and plot. Post students’ “Plot Graphic Organizers” that were completed during reading groups and/or independent/center work.
  • Continue to have students retell the problem and solution in a story that they are reading in class or at home. They can do this orally with a partner, or in writing. Students can use the Independent Practice Worksheet for Lesson 1 to complete this activity.
  • Have students identify characters, setting, problem, and solution and then write a story or skit using those elements. They can use Independent Practice for Lesson 3 to structure their ideas.
  • Read most of a story aloud, but do not read the solution to the problem. Have students write a letter to the character, offering the character a solution to his or her problem. Share some of the students’ solutions. Then, read the rest of the story aloud.
  • Provide students with the beginning and middle of a story, including the problem. Have students complete the story and invent a solution to the problem.
  • Ask students to share problems that have happened to them, including the solutions they came up with to fix the problems. Students can write or share their problems and solutions aloud.

More Books for Teaching Plot

Old Henry
Bedtime for Frances
Arthur's Prize Reader
Good-Night, Owl!
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain
Stone Soup
Peter's Chair