Christmas Essay

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Charlotte’s Web Name:_______________________ 1 © by J. Moore 2007 *Reproducible only for use with students in the classroom Six Story Plots Authors Use: Circle Copycat Switch Stuck Contest Transformation The purpose of this section is to give the teacher a quick overview of six story plots authors use to write their stories. These six story plots have been written in hundreds of different ways. Learning them enables children to summarize and predict what will happen in the story with greater ease and accuracy. 2 © by J. Moore 2007 *Reproducible only for use with students in the classroom Background Information About the Six Plot Patterns 1. Copycat Stories A copycat story occurs when one character copies or emulates another’s appearance, behaviour, abilities, etc. The motive behind copying may be admiration or framing someone. Copycat stories are usually subplots of novels. Types of Copycat stories: Emulation/Admiration/Curiosity (Little Lumpty by Miko Imai) Framing (Something Fishy’s Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman) 2. Circle Stories Circle stories begin and end in the same place. They involve a journey that may or may not be physical. Types of Circle Stories: Time Travel (2095 by J. Scieszka) Dreams (Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler) Journeys (Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson) Entering other worlds (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis) Self-acceptance (Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes) Discontentment (It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler) Curiosity (Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter) Adventure (The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien) Lost and Found (Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel or The Paper Crane by Molly Bang) 3. Switch Stories Switch stories occur when two items, people, positions, abilities, etc. are accidentally or deliberately switched. The resulting circumstances are often

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