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Finish the Story
Computers & Internet, Language Arts
Title – Finish the Story
By – Daniel Troyer
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 2-3
Computer Use in Education
Lesson Plan #4
Topic of Lesson:
Exploring the use of characterization in children’s literature.
Finish the Story:
The students will be able to identify the main characters and label the conflict or problem faced by the characters. (Students will get an opportunity to write the conclusions to A Strange Dream, Caught in “The Web”!, The Missing Duckling, and My First Sailing Trip Ever, which are unfinished stories found at http://goodnightstories.com/finish.htm.)
One of your favorite children’s stories – I will use the Three Billy Goats Gruff as an example, and a computer lab that is hooked to the Internet.
(Introduce the story in an exciting manner.) Ask the students what they would do if a horrible mean troll were between them and something they really wanted.
Inform the students that today they will learn how they can write their own exciting stories and that they will be able to finish stories on the Internet.
Sequence of Activities
- Read the story to the students or have the students take parts and read.
- Ask the students what they thought made the story that you read exciting. Get the students’ feedback.
- Show how the storyteller introduced the characters and then presented the conflict or problem for the characters to overcome (the problem for the three Billy Goats was getting across the bridge to the delicious green grass without being eaten by the troll!).
- Discuss how the conflict faced by the characters was brought to a good conclusion.
- In the computer lab, have the students go to http://goodnightstories.com/finish.htm. You can pair students on the computers if necessary. If you need to, give them instructions as to how to get to the web and to the site.
- Have the students choose a story – out of the four mentioned in the objectives – that interests them and instruct them to come up with and write out the rest of the story. Explain that the stories each present a unique problem or situation that needs to be resolved for the good of the character(s) involved.
Allow the students time to compare their stories. You can allow your students to read out loud if time allows and they want to share their work. Review the importance of developing the problem facing the main character(s) in the story. Show the students how they brought a resolution to the plot.
A quiz can be given that asks students to identify the main characters and the situations faced within the stories that they finished. (If you wish, you can give the students a grade based on how they resolved the problem in the stories. Be careful with your grading. Allow the students to be unique without stifling their creativity.)
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