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English Language Arts - 6th

Exploring Story Elements through Book Reviews

Title: Exploring Story Elements through Book Reviews

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3)

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: This activity engages sixth-grade students in analyzing story elements by writing book reviews, enhancing their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Topic: Exploring Story Elements

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different story elements, such as characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.
  • Understand how story elements contribute to the overall meaning and impact of a text.
  • Can write a book review that analyzes story elements and provides a thoughtful evaluation of a book.


This activity will be conducted over several class periods and will involve both individual and group work. The steps involved are as follows:

Step 1: Introduction to Story Elements

Begin by introducing the concept of story elements to the students. Use examples from well-known books to explain the different elements, such as characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme. Engage the students in a discussion to ensure their understanding.

Step 2: Selecting Books

Allow students to choose a book of their choice from a provided list or from the classroom library. Encourage them to select books that have clear story elements.

Step 3: Reading and Analyzing

Give students time to read their chosen books independently. Instruct them to take notes on the story elements they identify while reading. Provide graphic organizers or worksheets to help them organize their thoughts.

Step 4: Group Discussions

Divide the students into small groups and facilitate discussions where they can share their findings and insights about the story elements in their chosen books. Encourage them to ask questions and challenge each other's interpretations.

Step 5: Writing Book Reviews

Individually, students will write book reviews that analyze the story elements of their chosen books. Instruct them to provide a thoughtful evaluation of the book, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses in terms of story elements. Emphasize the importance of supporting their opinions with evidence from the text.

Step 6: Presentations

Give students the opportunity to present their book reviews to the class. This can be done through oral presentations, poster displays, or multimedia presentations. Encourage peer feedback and discussion after each presentation.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • A variety of books with clear story elements
  • Graphic organizers or worksheets for note-taking
  • Writing materials
  • Presentation materials (optional)


Follow the steps outlined above to implement this activity in your classroom. Adapt the instructions and resources as needed to suit the specific needs and preferences of your students.


Assess the students' understanding and application of story elements through the following methods:

  • Reviewing students' notes and graphic organizers to ensure they have identified and analyzed the story elements accurately.
  • Evaluating the quality of students' book reviews, looking for evidence of critical thinking, clear analysis of story elements, and thoughtful evaluations.
  • Observing students' participation in group discussions and their ability to engage in meaningful conversations about story elements.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of students' presentations, considering their ability to communicate their analysis and evaluation of story elements to their peers.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3)

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