Flocabulary – Five Things (Elements of a Short Story)

Setting, that’s like where it’s going down,
Could be the train compartment, a castle or a town,
Could be the Arctic winter – like To Build a Fire,
The temperature’s dropping, excitement is getting higher,
Setting sets the scene so the scene seems set,
Could be the Italian restaurant where we met,
Setting gives us the where and the when,
Could be modern day, the future, or way back when.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you’re going to be needing
When you’re reading or writing
A short story that’s mad exciting. (x2)

Plot is the action, the quest for satisfaction,
What’s going down, what’s going to happen.
Four men at sea in an open boat,
Rowing and hoping that they can stay afloat. The plot:
They have to make it to the beach,
But the waves are big, and the shore seems out of reach,
Plot is a series of events… like Lemoney Snicket,
It could be crazy, wild or straight wicked.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you’re going to be needing
When you’re reading or writing
A short story that’s mad exciting. (x2)

Knock knock, who’s there? Oh, it’s the characters,
The people in the story who carry out the action.
Characters can be pretty, tiny or clean,
Characters can be silly, whiney or mean,
Juliet is a character, and so is Romeo,
Pokemon has characters and so does Yu-gi-oh,
Characters could be dogs, lions, or hippos,
JK Rowling chose Harry Potter. “Why?” Who knows!

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you’re going to be needing
When you’re reading or writing
A short story that’s mad exciting. (x2)

Uh-uh! Put your snack back in your backpack we’re not finished!
Something gone wrong! That’s the conflict kids,
A struggle in the plot, now who’s on top,
Could be a fight for money, like some robbers and cops,
Could be an internal conflict – a struggle inside,
Like I don’t want to tell the truth but I don’t ever want to lie,
Flick something in your eye, now you’re conflicted,
What created drama? The conflict did.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you’re going to be needing
When you’re reading or writing
A short story that’s mad exciting. (x2)

 

Meet the Teacher

White Oak Intermediate will host “Meet the Teacher” Tuesday afternoon, August 15th, from 4:30-5:30. During that time, parents are invited to the student’s classroom to meet their teacher. If you have already purchased your school supplies, please bring them at that time. The school supply lists for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades are posted right on the blog.

REMINDER: If you wait until the first day of school to bring your supplies, we will have carts ready in the gym. Parents of intermediate students are not allowed to walk students upstairs to the classroom. All intermediate students will go to the gym every morning where teachers will be on duty.

We are eager to meet you!

WHAT MAKES US SMARTER, BY THE WAY? 20 MINUTES OF READING A DAY!

 

 

Beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2014, we are asking that your 4th grader please read at least 20 minutes each night during the school week.  Students should document the title of the book he/she read each night during the school week in his/her planner and get a parent/guardian to sign his/her planner, indicating that the student has done the 20 minutes of reading.  Thank you for your help and support in your child’s education!

YOU ARE SPECIAL! by Max Lucado (click on picture for a YouTube of the book)

Wow!  What a great beginning of a school year!  I am amazed at what a great group of young men and women of honor we have in this fabulous bunch!  We have started the school year with a focus on how we want to be treated and, in return, how we should treat others.  We shared a wonderful book by Max Lucado entitled You Are Special.  You can click on the link to hear an audio recording of the book.  In my class, we are using the book to review reading skills such as character traits, character feelings, relating to the characters, summarizing, story plot and setting, and causes and effects.  This is just the beginning of our journey!