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Students "STEAL" to learn about story structure

Sixth grade students sit in groups to discuss their novels.

Sixth grade language arts students are entering their world of novels. Students have been studying the plot structure of short stories and novels and finding this structure within the novels they read. As they read they collect evidence they “STEAL” from the characters.

S-speech: what they say and how they say it,
T-thoughts: thinking and feeling, beliefs, body language, their emotions, and decisions
E-effects on others
A-actions: the way they act and react
L-looks: the characters appearance

Understanding their characters and living vicariously through their characters, students get the opportunity to experience the world they are reading about. Along with characterization we continue to study other narrative elements and author craft. This study is then extended into their writing as they write narratives.

Written by: Lynn Gleason (6th grade Language Arts teacher)
Posted: Sep 18, 2014 by Brita Mann

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