Group Size: Any

Time Required: 60 - 90 minutes

Learning Objective: Students will be able to...

Differentiate between internal and external conflict
Select the most appropriate plot diagram for a story
Diagram a story according to the elements of plot 


Please Do Now (attached)
"Sammy" from Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Pop Quiz (attached)
Sticky Notes for coding the text

Do Now: (S will complete their Do Nows at their seats.  T may wish to facilitate a share-out.)

Connection: We spent a good deal of last week and this week discussing conflict, story mapping and plot diagramming.  Today you're going to have the chance to show what you know on a little pop quiz. Surprise!

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice: (T will review testing expectations with S.  T will also inform S that they are to read silently and code the text after they have completed their pop quizzes.)

Independent Practice: (S will complete their pop quizzes.  Afterward, they will read silently and code the text.

T will either hold individual conferences with students to monitor progress and to support individual goal-setting or pull small groups for guided reading / other interventions.)

Share: Our time for today is up. Please feel free to turn to your partner or take a short walk to your literature circle group and share your work for today.

Closing: Today was a great opportunity for you to synthesize everything we have learned about story mapping, plot and conflict.  I look forward to seeing just how much you know!


Graphic organizer
Literature circle novels are differentiated by reading level and by choice
Active reading strategy: coding the text
One-on-one Reader's Workshop conference to support individual students and to encourage individual goal-setting

Recommended accommodations for the assessment: 

1. Accommodation: Extend the amount of time provided for student(s) to complete the assessment.
2. Accommodation: Provide breaks.
3. Accommodation: Read the assessment questions and/or passages aloud to auditory learners.
4. Accommodation: Permit the student to complete the assessment in a distraction-free environment (ie: a study carrel), one-on-one, in a small-group, etc.
5. Accommodation: Enlarge font size. Consider placing one assessment question on each page.
6. Accommodation: Highlight assessment directions or key words in assessment directions. 
7. Accommodation: Permit student(s) to type their responses to the open-ended questions. 
8.  Accommodation: Allow students to check their work against their notes and make corrections in colored pencil for half-credit.


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