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Story Elements

What are the parts of the story that we need to know in order to better understand what we are reading?

Kathryn Brown

on 28 June 2013

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Story Elements
Hey diddle, diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed
To see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Mood is the feeling a story or poem creates in the reader. Some stories or poems are funny and make the reader want to laugh. Some are serious or sad and make the reader feel sorry for the characters or situation. Some stories are scary and leave the reader frightened.
Discuss something you have read and how it made you feel.
Little red riding hood
"Grandma, what big eyes you have."
"The better to see you with, my dear."
"Grandma what bug ears you have."
"The better to hear you with, my dear."
"Grandma, what big teeth you have."
"The better to eat you with, my dear."
What is the mood the author created in this selection?
Hey, diddle, diddle
What is the mood, or feeling of this selection?
Sometimes when authors write stories, they also want their writing to teach us a lesson about life or help us learn how to act or behave. It is the “big idea” or THEME behind the story.
Tortoise and the Hare
There once was a tortoise and a hare. The hare was always teasing the tortoise about how slow he was, until one day the hare challeged him to a race. When the race started the hare had a great lead, so he decided it wouldn't be a problem if he sat down to rest for a while. While the hare was fast asleep, the tortoise caught up to him. He just kept right on walking towards the finish line. As the hare woke up later that day, he looked around for the tortoise and realized that he was about to cross the finish line. Try as he might he could not catch up in time. The tortoise won the race and the hare never teased him again.
Farmer Bailey was driving down a country road in late summer when he hit a man with his truck. Mr. Bailey brought the stranger home. The stranger was dressed in odd clothes and did not speak. A doctor said the stranger had lost his memory.
The Baileys noticed some odd things about the timid man. He was confused by simple things like buttons, and fascinated by steam. Rabbits seemed to trust him. The stranger couldn’t stop watching the geese flying south.
After three weeks, Mr. Bailey began to notice that the seasons were not changing. The stranger saw this too. The trees to the north were red and orange. But to the south, all the leaves were still green. The stranger also felt that something was very wrong.
One evening, the stranger put on his old clothes. With tears in his eyes, he hugged the Baileys and ran out the door. When the Baileys went outside to wave good-bye, the air was cold. The leaves had changed colors too.
Every autumn since then, a strange thing happens at the Bailey farm. The leaves on their trees stay green one week longer than anywhere else. Then the leaves change colors overnight. And in the morning, the Baileys find the words “See you next fall” etched in frost on their windows.
The Stranger
Blackbeard stood on the deck of the Queen Ann’s Revenge as the sun was beginning to set. The wind whipped his long tangled hair. His waistcoat was flung open revealing a bandolier slung over his massive chest. Into that cross-chest belt he had jammed six pistols, all loaded and ready for a surprise attack. Hanging from his belt swung the sword he had stolen from the French captain who used to command the Queen Ann. Moving closer one could see that his beard was braided and tied with pieces of rope. His dark piercing gaze stabbed the night. All who saw this pirate feared for their lives.
The events and actions that move the story along are known as the plot.
The Solution is also part ot the Plot
The Problem is included in the Plot
What is the Plot of the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Discuss with your face partners.
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