Lessons & Units

Plot 2nd Grade Unit


Lesson 1 Identifying Story Elements (2nd grade) Identify and describe the story elements in a story (characters, setting, problem, solution) using a graphic organizer.
Lesson 2 Retelling a Story with Story Elements Retell a story using the story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution).

Unit Extension Ideas

  • As students read independently, have them complete a graphic organizer identifying the characters, setting, problem, and solution in the book. (See Additional Activity A Worksheet in Teacher and Student Materials below.)
  • Read books in a series about familiar characters and discuss how the character affects the plot of the story. It is best to use series about a single character, such as David Shannon’s:
    • No, David!
    • Oh, David!
    • David Gets in Trouble
    • David Goes to School
    • Other suggestions include the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, the Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline, the Grace series by Mary Hoffman, the Dr. De Soto series by William Steig, and the Julian and Huey series by Ann Cameron.
  • Have students read a book and write a book report with all four story elements (characters, setting, problem, and solution).
  • Have students write stories including the four story elements. Then have students circle the characters in their story, underline setting clues, and identify the problem and solution in their story.
  • After reading a story aloud, have students rewrite the story using different characters. Discuss how this affects the plot.
  • Label four bags with the four story elements (characters, setting, problem, and solution) writing one element on each bag. On separate slips of paper write possible characters, settings, problems, and solutions and place them in the corresponding bags. Then have students choose one slip from each bag and use this information to write a story. Once students have chosen their slips of paper, they can complete the graphic organizer, included with Additional Activity A, as a prewriting activity. After students finish writing their story, have them exchange it with a partner to see if the partner can correctly identify the characters, setting, problem, and solution in the story.
  • Have one student tell a partner a story including characters, setting, problem, and solution. Then have the partner retell the same story including all four elements.
  • Have students complete a graphic organizer (such as the graphic organizer included in Additional Activity A) about a favorite movie; identifying characters, setting, problem, and solution.
  • Read a newspaper article or reading passage and have students highlight the problem and solution.

More Books for Teaching Plot

Julian, Secret Agent
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Freckle Juice
Miss Nelson is Missing!
Nate the Great
Mitchell Is Moving

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