Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Teaching Plot with Picture Books

Teaching plot to elementary or junior high students with picture books is fun and effective.


  • Exposition (introduction of characters, setting, problem)

  • Rising Action

  • Climax

  • Falling Action

  • Resolution

If you use your hand as a graph, it's a handy (pardon the pun) visual to reinforce and 'graph' plot.

Plot Gestures:

  • Exposition: Introduces characters and problem.
    Have students cross arms in an X position in front of their faces and rest their chins on their X. Then, have them turn their heads sideways with their tongues hanging out.

  • Rising Action: Have students squat and gradually rise while saying, “rising, rising, rising, rising ACTION,” in a silly voice.

  • Climax: Have students place their arms above their head and say, “Climax.”

  • Falling Action: While standing, students gradually lower to a squatting position while whispering, “Falling, falling, falling, falling action.”

  • Resolution: While standing, have students rub their hands together like they’re wiping them clean and say, “Resolution.”

  • For names of recommended picure books to align with specific skills, click here: http://cherylsclassroomtipsdi.blogspot.com/2009/02/whats-your-favorite-picture-book.html

Consider these picture books to teach plot as they're being considered for an award this year.

Third Annual NAESP Read Aloud Award
(National Association of Elementary School Principals)

This is your chance to help NAESP give its third annual Principal's Read Aloud Award to a deserving author. After reading nominated books pictured above, please go on-line and cast your vote: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/4282g381b1


Anonymous said...

this is great! thank you :)

Anonymous said...

this is great! thank you :)

berekkah said...

Thanks for sharing the gestures. Excellent idea!