Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Interactive Story Elements!

A colleague of mine discovered a great site for teaching literary elements in an interactive format.  The website has an interactive story version of Cinderella that it reads to students.  After the story concludes, it navigates them through mini-lessons on each of the literary elements listed below and even includes a quiz at the end.  Elementary students will love the telling of the story (my 4th graders thought it was hilarious) and will be actively engaged in the mini-lessons at the end.  The students will learn what each element is, will apply it in context, and will be assessed over their comprehension of the elements at the end.

Here is the link:

Literary elements coverd on the site:
  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Sequence
  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Climax
  • Resolution
One more time...


  1. I've used this interactive Cinderella for the past two years. Many teachers use it with the mimio (when available). I didn't have access to it, so I used the projector and let the kids take turns coming to my computer to manipulate each of the elements. They loved the "dirty diapers" and "ham sandwiches" in the story. It also helped us incorporate writers workshop as we discussed more interesting wording to engage your audience.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Nancy. I just found out about it this year, and my students loved it as well. Excellent use of humor makes the story interesting and fresh.