Understanding Story Plots from Actions and Dialogue
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Basics on the topic Understanding Story Plots from Actions and Dialogue
What did you learn today about story plots? We learned that there are many different strategies and tools to help understand about the plot, or events that happen in a story. One strategy is through using the actions and dialogue from the characters in the story. What is the plot of your favorite story? Comment below!
Transcript Understanding Story Plots from Actions and Dialogue
: "Zayd! I just finished the last book in the river tails series (...) what should I read next?" : "Don't worry, Ari, I know JUST the series for you to read next." Zayd needs to retell the important parts of the new series. We can help him by learning about understanding story plots from actions and dialogue. Have you ever heard of the word 'plot' used to describe a story? When someone talks about the plot, they are talking about the events that happen in a story. We get clues about the plot from the ACTIONS and DIALOGUE of the characters. Actions tell us what the characters are DOING... and dialogue tells us what characters are SAYING. We can find actions in the plot by looking for verbs... and look for quotation marks around a chararcter's words to look for dialogue. Knowing the plot helps us make predictions about what will happen. It also helps us to understand and enjoy the story. Let's hear the plot of Zayd's series. : "It starts with Lucas and Kale who team up to defeat a robo-bear that is trying to attack their peaceful town." : "They gear up and run to the town square to defend it." Did Zayd use action or dialogue to talk about the plot? Zayd describes the characters' ACTIONS of gearing up and running towards town. We can use this to make a prediction about what we think might happen next. For example, we might predict that the main characters will defend their town. : "Then Kale goes up to the robo-bear and says 'please stop! the people of this town are kind and don't deserve to be attacked'." Did Zayd use dialogue or action to describe the plot? Yes, there is dialogue when Kale says, 'please stop! the people of this town are kind and don't deserve to be attacked.' We know this is dialogue because of the quotation marks around Kale's words. Sometimes authors include both action AND dialogue in the plot of a story at the same time. : "'So, Lucas turned to the mayor saying 'thank you, mayor Leche for the medal.' but before they could finish, Kale gasped looking off into the sky and saying, 'this isn't over yet.'" Can you find the dialogue in this text? Here, the dialogue is what Lucas says to mayor Leche . Can you also find the action? Here, the verbs turned, saying, gasped, and look tell us the actions of the characters. What can we predict from this? We can predict that the problem isn't over yet, and the series will continue. Before we see how the series might end, let's remember. Today we learned about story plots from actions and dialogue. We learned that the plot of a story includes the events that happen in it... and that we can use the actions and dialogue of characters to help us understand better. Remember, when trying to find the action in a sentence of the plot... look for verbs, or, what the characters DO. And when trying to find the dialogue in a sentence of the plot... look for the quotation marks around the words that a character says. : "Well, what do you think, Ari?" : "Oh! You've already started it!"
Understanding Story Plots from Actions and Dialogue exercise
Connect the terms and examples.Hints
The plot is the events in a story, from beginning to end.
Characters carry out the actions in a story.
Actions are verbs, such as run, jump and play.Solution
- PLOT is events that happen in the story.
- ACTIONS are what the characters are doing.
- DIALOGUE is what the characters are saying.
- CHARACTERS are who is in the story.
Find the actions.Hints
Verbs and actions are what someone is doing. Play, run, say, jump and go are all verbs.
Verbs can be in different tenses.
Example: Jumps, jumped and jumping are all different tenses of the verb jump.
Dialogue is what someone says. Dialogue has quotation marks around it.
There are 5 verbs to highlight.Solution
The verbs are:
Connect the terms and their examples.Hints
What the characters say is called dialogue.
You can recognize it from the quotation marks (" ").
Actions mean things that are done, such as to swim, sing, or play.
Characters are who is in the story.
Plot is what happens in the story.Solution
- Turned away and jumped up are actions.
- Lukas and Kayle and Zayd and Ari are characters.
- "Yes you did," she said. "No I didn't," he answered. are examples of dialogue.
- Lucas and Kayle defeat a robo-bear who is attacking the town is the plot.
Find the actions.Hints
Actions, or verbs, are what someone is doing. Play, run, say, jump and go are all action verbs.
A person, place, or thing is NOT an action.
An action can be a single word (jump) or a group of words (jumped over the moon).
There are four actions in this text.Solution
In the text below the actions are bolded.
Very slowly, another robotic-bear flew across the sky over the town. The mayor, frightened, dove under the table. Lucas and Kayle looked at each other and ran in the direction of the new bear.
Name the text.Hints
Notice the quotation marks around the text. These look like this " ". What type of text uses quotation marks?
Verbs are actions, such as swim, sing, or play.
There is one correct choice.Solution
What the characters say is called dialogue.
You can recognize it from the quotation marks (" ") around what the character says.
Find the actions and dialogue.Hints
Read through the entire text first, then go back through and look for the dialogue. You can recognize dialogue from the quotation marks (" ") around the words.
A person, place, or thing is NOT an action or dialogue.
There are 7 examples of actions and 4 examples of dialogue in this text.Solution
Slowly, the robo-bear straightened up and began to float down to the ground, his eyes glowing red and horrible gusts of wind roaring beneath him.
"Hurry!" yelled Lucas, running as fast as he could. "We can't let him reach the ground!"
"YOU hurry up! I'm in front of you!" Kyle yelled back.
"I'm not scared!" yelled the mayor, from under the table.
- straightened up
- float down
- yelled back
- "We can't let him reach the ground!"
- "YOU hurry up! I'm in front of you!"
- "I'm not scared!"