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BC: Newton Falls Middle School

FC: Story Elements | 2011-2012 | An ebook review for fifth grade students

1: Story elements are used to make narratives more interesting to read. It is important for students in 5th grade to be able to recall the elements of stories they read. Understanding these elements allow readers to think more deeply about stories. | Story Elements

2: Let's review the elements of a story: Characters Setting Problem, events and solution Theme

3: Characters are the people, animals or creatures in a story. Readers learn about characters through their actions, their physical appearance, what they say, what he or she thinks or feels and how they interact with others. | Characters

4: person | animal | creature

5: Setting The setting is when (time) and where (place) a story takes place. The setting creates the mood or tone of the story and makes the action seem real. The setting does not have to be a real time and place. It can be imaginary, like the island, Neverland, in the story, Peter Pan. The setting is often given or implied in the title or the first paragraph of a story.

6: Examples of setting | On a farm in Pennsylvania, during the Great Depression

7: In the woods with my dog, Ellie on a beautiful fall day.

8: The bride and groom were married in a small, white church in the country on a beautiful summer day.

9: Problem and Solution In most stories, characters face a problem. Many times the problem is introduced at the beginning of the story and the main character has to figure out how to solve the problem, which is called the solution. The solution usually happens at the end of the story.

10: The order of events in a story is important for the story to make sense. The beginning of a story is where the characters and setting are introduced. The author introduces the problem during the beginning of a story. In the middle of the story, the author creates events and by the end, the author presents the solution. | Events

11: I've got magical talents! | The theme is the point the author wants to make or a message he or she is trying to convey. You can look at theme as it often appears as a lesson the character or characters learn. Some common themes are loyalty, friendship, love, truth and hope. The theme of a story is implied. | Theme

12: Once upon a time there were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and seek their fortunes. Before they left, their mother told them "Whatever you do , do it the best that you can because that's the way to get along in the world." The first little pig built his house out of straw because it was the easiest thing to do. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. This was a little bit stronger than a straw house. The third little pig built his house out of bricks. | The Three Little Pigs

13: One night the big bad wolf, who dearly loved to eat fat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw. He said "Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!" "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin", said the little pig. But of course the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig. The wolf then came to the house of sticks. "Let me in ,Let me in little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in" "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin", said the little pig. But the wolf blew that house in too, and ate the second little pig.

14: The wolf then came to the house of bricks. " Let me in , let me in" cried the wolf "Or I'll huff and I'll puff till I blow your house in" "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin" said the pig. Well, the wolf huffed and puffed but he could not blow down that brick house. But the wolf was a sly old wolf and he climbed up on the roof to look for a way into the brick house. The little pig saw the wolf climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water.

15: When the wolf finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf. The next day the little pig invited his mother over. She said "You see it is just as I told you. The way to get along in the world is to do things as well as you can." Fortunately for that little pig, he learned that lesson. And he just lived happily ever after!

16: The theme of the story: In The Three Little Pigs we learned about the importance of planning a project well. The theme is that hard work and patience pay off in the end. The last little pig took time to build his house made with bricks, which took longer than building a house of straw or sticks. We learned that building a brick house works, while building a straw house or a house made of sticks, while this may be easier, is lazy and short-sighted.

17: http://www.flickr.com/photos/devcentre/25888292/ (by: cheetah 100) http://www.flickr.com/photos/laserstars/3086132328/ (by: jpctalbot) http://www.flickr.com/photos/markusram/4195228858/ (by:markusram) http://www.flickr.com/photos/traverseearth/7480790872/ (by: johnnypeacock) http://www.flickr.com/photos/bantam10/5317305051/ (by: ted van pelt) Story, The Three Little Pigs from: http://www.shol.com/agita/pigs.htm

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