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Text for Today: The Language of Literature
Unit: “The Power of Storytelling”
Chapter: “Crisis and Conflict”
Objective: The student will be able to define fiction and identify and explain the four elements of fiction: character, setting, theme, and plot. The student will be able to identify and define the parts of the plot diagram and give examples of the plot sequence of “The Necklace.”
- Give a pop quiz on “The Necklace.”
- Define fiction.
- List and define the four elements of fiction.
- Read, identify, and give examples of character, setting, theme, and then plot.
- Introduce the plot diagram by drawing it on the blackboard.
- Briefly explain each plot element.
- Continue the explanation of the plot elements with a commercial clip featuring Indiana Jones.
- Have the students watch the clip, identify the plot elements, and write them on another drawn plot diagram.
- Discuss the plot of “The Necklace,” including the surprising ending.
- Have the students identify the plot elements and write them on yet another drawn plot diagram.
- Discuss plots that are not always cut and dry. There might be more than one conflict, no exposition, no falling action or resolution, etc.
Assessment: The pop quiz counts as a quiz grade. Students will be tested on the elements of fiction and the plot diagram. They may also choose to write their reactions on “The Necklace.” Each reaction counts as a quiz grade.
Materials (in addition to usual AV equipment): Commercial with Indiana Jones.
About this Document
This particular lesson plan focuses on teaching the plot of “The Necklace” in an interesting way. This lesson plan and the lesson plans to follow correspond nicely with the teacher edition for The Language of Literature as well as Composition: The Writing Process.