After learning about interactive notebooks last summer, I resolved to use this technique for every concept I taught to my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literature students. Now that I’ve used this in my classroom for a year, I have compiled all of my interactive notebooking lessons for teaching literary elements here.
Each of the 22 lessons includes a photo of the finished product, teacher’s notes, teacher’s instructions, and student pages (templates). I have also included a version of each template that is blank so you can adapt when necessary.
I’ve included the Common Core alignment for Reading Literature for grades 4-8 and included that in the preview file as well.
In the preview you file, you will also find a table of contents and several sample pages.
Here is what’s included:
Lesson 1: Story Vocabulary (plot, setting, complications, protagonist, antagonist)
Lesson 2: Elements of Plot and The Plot Pyramid – exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
Lesson 3: Internal and External Conflict
Lesson 4: Four Types of Conflict – Man vs. Self, Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Society
Lesson 5: Story Devices – flashback, foreshadowing, suspense, cliffhanger
Lesson 6: Character Traits
Lesson 7: Characterization
Lesson 8: Types of Characters – round, flat, dynamic, static, sympathetic, minor, protagonist, antagonist
Lesson 9: Theme
Lesson 10: Point of View (first person, third person limited, third person objective, third person omniscient
Lesson 11: Similes
Lesson 12: Metaphors
Lesson 13: Hyperbole
Lesson 14: Personification
Lesson 15: Idiom
Lesson 16: Alliteration
Lesson 17: Allusion
Lesson 18: Onomatopoeia
Lesson 19: Figurative Language Sort
Lesson 20: Figurative Language Review
Lesson 21: Annotate Figurative Language
Lesson 22: Mood and Tone
While putting all of this together, I met the amazingly talented Gabi from Poppydreamz Digital Art. She actually made a few different things for me, including some custom clip art! I’m telling you.. if you need something specific, she’s fast and she’s fantastic! Here’s a look at a couple of things she drew for me:
Are those faces AWESOME or what?!
Gah! I’ve been working so much this month I think it’s time for a vacation from my summer vacation!