Topic: Making Predictions- Beginning/Middle/End
CLI Strategy: This Setting Needs
Subject : ELA
Grade: Lower Elementary
TEKS: K.8, 1.4, 2.3
Students will be able to: Make predictions and draw conclusions about the elements of fiction by creating a visual representation of these predictions using their bodies.
- Invite students to sit in an audience, facing an open ‘stage’ area. Explain that we are going to create an environment, or setting together using our bodies.
- Start by asking, “what is a setting?”
- Stop story after the beginning of the story and ask students, one at a time, to raise their hands and offer something that they would find in the beginning of the story, by saying the sentence, “This beginning needs…character/object)”, or have students offer suggestions for something they would find in the middle of the story by saying the sentence, “This middle needs… “ or have students offer suggestions for something they would find in the end of the story by saying the sentence, “This ending needs….”
- Students will then go on ‘stage’ and create a frozen picture with their bodies that represents that character or object.
- Encourage students to create specific choices as well as think about how their character/object will connect to other students’ in the setting/environment. (Maximum 5-7 students)
- Facilitator can tap actors on the shoulder, in order for actors to make a sound or word as character/object. If an actor gets stuck on what to say, take suggestions from the audience. (You can also have entire class repeat word or sound)
Possible Reflection Questions:
- Describe: How would you describe what you see in this frozen picture? What do you see that makes you say that?
- Analyze: What clues do the actors give you to help you understand who they are/what they are doing/how they feel about it?
- Relate: If you had to give this image a title, what would you title it? What other predictions might we determine from this picture?
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