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Teaching students the different story elements is important as well. Knowing all the different parts of a story increases student's ability to retell, summarize and comprehend the story.
For example, point of view, summarization, compare and contrast, and characterization are just a few we will introduce next. We cannot build on these until we have a strong foundation in the simple story elements.
Graphic organizers are one of my favorite ways to introduce and reinforce these elements. Researchers support the use of graphic organizers in the classroom. One of most favorite pieces of the research says that students process the information easily when in a graphic organizer because it is separated into chunks or pieced into organized parts. Our brains like information when it is in organized parts.
Here is a view of the clipart. I just love the artist who created the graphics for me.