Language Arts: A Multimedia Mini Lesson for The Elements of Plot

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The Elements of Plot is one of the 30 MicroLessons (mini lessons) available in the series, Language Arts Presenter.

Just connect your computer to a digital projector or SMART Board, select a student to operate the mouse and let Becky, the avatar, teach your kids The Elements of Plot.

This MicroLesson (like all of the others in the series) comes with a word search activity and a crossword puzzle based entirely on the presentation--the words found in the word search provide the word bank for the crossword puzzle.

Therefore, this presentation along with the time required to complete both puzzles will require 50-60 classroom minutes.

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MicroLesson 6
The Elements of Plot
Presentation Time: 22-27 minutes
By the end of this MicroLesson, students will be able to...

  • recognize that the plot in a work of fiction is the series of events in the story.
  • recognize that there is at least one conflict or problem in the plot of a story.
  • define the parts of a plot, including exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
  • correctly identify all parts of a plot in 5 sample stories.

This MicroLesson includes a bonus section near the end of the presentation.

The Elements of Plot, Full Version comes with a word search, and a crossword puzzle.

I have thoroughly tested this MicroLesson with actual students in real-life, public, middle school classrooms--the vast majority of students became engaged, responsive, and productive (even the clowns).


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Both of the screenshots below are samples from the instruction portion of The Elements of Plot.

These screenshots show how one of the questions and its associated answer appear in The Elements of Plot:

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Here is the word search activity for The Elements of Plot.

The words found in the activity above become the word bank for this crossword puzzle:

Noteworthy Notes

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Like all of the MicroLessons in the Language Arts Presenter series, The Elements of Plot includes...

  • definitions and examples.
  • direct instruction.
  • a summary of the instruction.
  • practice quizzes ranging from 5 to 15 questions.
  • an on-screen answer key.
  • a word search and crossword puzzle to extend the mini lesson.

Teachers report that during MicroLessons, they...

  • appoint students to be mouse operators while they roam the classroom, keeping a wary eye on the knuckleheads.
  • become dynamic partners with the avatars, giving additional examples of concepts, checking for comprehension, and reading questions and answer choices orally to the class.
  • record scores, grade papers, or even work on lesson plans.

All of the titles in the Language Arts Presenter series are executable applications, making them compatible with all versions of Windows.

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The Elements of Plot, Free Version is...

  • complete in every regard.
  • fully operational.
  • available for an unlimited time trial.

The "Free Trial Version" stamps are a necessary annoyance.

When you consider the fact that I spent two and a half years of my life developing these MicroLessons, I would sincerely hope that you would agree that giving them away completely free of charge is not a plausible option.

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The Elements of Plot, Full Version...

  • is exactly the same as the free version.
  • is completely devoid of all "Free Trial Version" stamps.
  • comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle.

Both versions of The Elements of Plot are accessible with any of the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.  As a result, these apps are compatible with all versions of both Windows and Mac.


The Literature Bundle contains all seven Literature MicroLessons from the Language Arts Presenter series.

If purchased individually, the total cost for The Elements of Plot along with its 6 companions would be $34.65. The bundle is now available for the much lower cost of $16.95--a savings of over 50%!

The titles in The Literature Bundle are as follows:

  • The Importance of Reading
  • Introducing Literature
  • Determining the Author's Purpose
  • The Elements of Setting
  • Characterization
  • The Elements of Plot
  • How to Summarize

The Literature Bundle comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle for each MicroLesson.

MicroLesson 6: The Elements of Plot, Full Version by Chad Manis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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