Ms. Taliaferro’s first and second graders in Title I at Queen of Apostles studied the beginning-middle-end structure of a story. They then wrote their own stories by focusing on each story’s beginning, middle, and end.
A story map is a strategy that uses a graphic organizer to help students learn the elements of a book or story. By identifying
- story characters,
- problem and
the first and second grade students read carefully to learn the details.
There are many different types of story map graphic organizers. The most basic focus on the beginning, middle, and end of the story. More advanced organizers focus more on plot or character traits.
Ms. Taliaferro and the students began by identifying the Beginning, Middle, and End of stories that we read aloud in the classroom. After students were successful with re-telling, they tried their hand at writing their own stories. All their stories used a Beginning, Middle, and End format.
Ms. Taliaferro provided the children with a blank graphic organizer to fill in. She modeled how to complete it. Next they brainstormed story ideas – real stories from their own lives that would be easily created. To conclude the learning activity, they worked independently to create their story. The following work shows 1st and 2nd grade original stories with a Beginning-Middle-End structure.
1st and 2nd Grade Original Stories with a