This week the students continued to practice using context clues to find the meaning and clarify the meaning of words.
The students were introduced to a plot hill diagram (traditional plot hill) as a way to understand the structure of a fiction novel. We examined how during the different parts of a story (beginning, middle and end) we usually find certain story elements. For example, in the beginning, we learn about the main characters and setting. In the middle, the main character usually has to face a major problem, and therefore he/she makes some kind of big decision. In the end, the main character solves his/her problem. We will be charting these events from My Father's Dragon on our own plot hill diagrams as we continue to read.