Since the beginning of the month, we've been looking at short stories and how they're structured. First, we brainstormed important features of stories: plot, setting, characters, narrative perspective, and genre. Then, we did some group reading of short stories. We got to choose which one we would look at as a group and then we made plot graphs to show our understanding of what we had read. We learned that the plot structure can be broken down into 5 main sections: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. Within that plot structure, there are even smaller pieces like the protagonist's conflict, which help us work out the details of the story. Ms. B gave us some feedback on our individual plot graphs and then we had a chance to revise them to create a final version as a group.
We've also started looking at how graphic organizers can help us plan for writing a short story. We have developed characters, a setting, and a plot and are now working on writing drafts of these stories. This week, we will practice peer assessment of our writing to help make revisions. We've learned that there is a difference between revising and editing, which is important when trying to understand the writing process. Look for our plans and our drafts in Fresh Grade this week. As we continue to move through the writing process, you'll be able to see our improvements.
We are a class of Grade 6/7 students in Surrey, BC, Canada. This blog is one way we will share our learning with the world!