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A Language Arts lesson on climax

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grades:

4, 5  

   Language Arts
Climax
by Dean Tarrant
Grades 4-5
  

Climax is a hard concept to teach in this grade level, and last week I had prepared the usual diagrams and illustrations for the lesson, when I realized I wasn’t getting through to these kids!

So, I thought, what have they all seen or read that we can use as illustration?

Answer: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!!

We made a rising/falling action graph on the blackboard, and used the crucial parts of the story to fill in both parts. Of course, everyone knows that the climax is when the Grinch realizes that his evil ways have gone too far, and his heart grows four sizes too big, instead of one or 2 sizes too small. At the end, we sang the theme song from the Who’s Christmas Tree Sing A Long, and then went on to pick apart other “stories”….

A very successful way to drive home the concept!

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