Encyclopedia Brown

  • Unit 4 – Puzzles & Mysteries

     

    Concept Question: Is there an explanation for everything?

     

    Week 5 – Encyclopedia Brown

     

    Weekly Question

    Vocabulary Words

    Skills & Strategy

    Spelling Words

    How can attention to detail help to solve a problem?

    amphibians

    Plot

    distrust

    unopened

    case

    Synonyms & Antonyms

    uncertain

    disrespect

    court

    incomplete

    unimportant

    damage

    Context Clues

    unlikely

    unlisted

    crime

    Realistic Fiction

    unfair

    disrepair

    exhibit

    Compare & Contrast

    discontinue

    inability

    lizards

    unaware

    disapprove

    reference

    Contractions & Negatives

    disorder

    unsolved

    reptiles

    discount

    disobey

    salamanders

     

    indirect

    unsuspecting

    stumped

     

    Challenge Spelling Words

    confided

     

    disintegrate

    unappetizing

    specimen

     

    disillusioned

    intolerant

     

     

    unconscious

     

     

     

    Genre - Realistic Fiction

    • tells about events that could really happen

     

    • characters are made up and not real, although things that happen to the characters could happen in real life

     

    Plot

    • Plot - underlying story structure found in FICTION

          -> begins when a character has a problem or conflict

          -> builds up during the rising action, is met directly at

              the climax, comes to an end as the action winds

              down, during the resolution

     

    Problem - central conflict in a story

    Rising Action - events in which the problem gets worse as characters try various ways to solve it

    Climax - the "high point" of the story where the conflict is directly confronted

    Resolution - when the problem is solved

    All fiction is based on conflict and this conflict is presented in a structured format called PLOT.

    Click on the link below to review more information about story elements using the tale of Cinderella.

    http://www.learner.org/interactives/story/index.html

     

    Other Definitions of Plot Elements:

    Exposition (A)
    The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.

    Foreshadowing
    The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the story.

    Inciting Force / Introduction of Conflict (B)
    The event or character that triggers the conflict.

    Conflict
    The essence of fiction. It creates plot. The conflicts we encounter can usually be identified as one of four kinds. (Man versus…Man, Nature, Society, or Self)

    Rising Action
    A series of events that builds from the conflict. It begins with the inciting force and ends with the climax.

    Crisis
    The conflict reaches a turning point. At this point the opposing forces in the story meet and the conflict becomes most intense. The crisis occurs before or at the same time as the climax.

    Climax (C)
    The climax is the result of the crisis. It is the high point of the story for the reader. Frequently, it is the moment of the highest interest and greatest emotion. The point at which the outcome of the conflict can be predicted.

    Falling Action
    The events after the climax which close the story.

    Resolution (D) (Denouement)

    Rounds out and concludes the action.

     

    Click on the link below.  Select Activity 2 - Start Activity to watch a short cartoon clip.  Then drag the scenes to the correct part of the plot.

    http://www.inlets.net/ICT/language_arts/short_story/index.php#

     

    Pronouns

    Interactive Pronoun Games:

    https://sites.google.com/site/easygrammar4kids/pronouns


    Building Background Knowledge

    Make a concept/word web and place Mystery Stories in the center circle.  Think of mystery stories you have read or movies & TV shows you have seen.  Identify famous mysteries, common elements of mystery stories, and add them to the web.

     

    Vocabulary

    When you come across a word you don't know, look for use of a synonym (same or similiar meaning word) or an antonymn (opposite meaning word). 

    • What are some examples of reference books?
    • How are all amphibians alike?
    • What do all crimes have in common?
    • What animal could you find in an exhibit of reptiles?
    • How do you feel when you are the opposite of stumped?
    • Is a salamander an amphibian or reptile?

     

    • Does a person who is stumped know the answer?
    • Is an atlas a type of reference book?
    • Are lizards reptiles?

     

    • An amphibian is an animal that lives __________.
    • Unlike mammals and birds, lizards are ________.
    • Salamanders are related to ________________.
    • An art exhibit might contain _______________.

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