Climb That Mountain
Objective: Students will write down important events that lead to a climax in the story. In addition, students should be able to use their "mountain of events" to write a summary.
Procedure: Flat Stanley has many exciting events. He gets mailed. He slides under doors and he even is flown like a kite.
Explain to students that each story has a beginning, a middle and an end. In the beginning of a story, characters are introduced, the setting is revealed and often times, the character encounters a problem. In the middle of the story, interesting events unfold until the character reaches the climax of the plot. Then, things calm down, the conflict is resolved and the story ends. In essence, the plot of a story sort of looks like a mountain.
Have students draw a mountain on a blank piece of paper. At the base of the mountain will be the characters and setting. Next, have students "climb the mountain" and write about the problem. After that, they should include the important events. At the peak of the mountain should be the climax or most exciting part of the story. On the other side of the mountain, students will write about the resolution and falling action.
Finally, have students color and decorate their mountain.
Assessment: Using their mountain, have students write a summary of Flat Stanley.