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Lesson Plan: How Scenes Fit Together

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 5

Lesson Objective: To explain how scenes of a play fit together to create a full story

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5- Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.




  • Why are some books and plays broken up into chapters or scenes?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Books and plays are often broken up into chapters and scenes.  You can think of chapters and scenes as blocks.  The blocks fit together and build to create a whole story.
  • Books and plays are structured so that each has a beginning, a middle and an end.  There is always a conflict or problem that a character has to solve or overcome. 
  • There is also always a turning point or climax during which conflict or problem is the worst.
  • Each chapter or scene has characters, dialogue, settings and a plot.  Breaking books and plays up into chapters or scenes help to make books and plays more dramatic.
  • When you have to stop reading at the end of a chapter or stop watching at the end of a scene, it makes you look forward to what is going to happen next. 
  • The breaks between chapters in a book and scenes in a play gets you thinking about and predicting what will happen next.
  • If you were to only read a few chapters or watch or read a few scenes of a play, you would not understand the whole story.  Each chapter or scene tells a part of a story.
  • You must take all of the information that you read in each chapter and remember it so that as you are reading, the story makes sense.  You must also do with while reading or watching a play.
  • Now, you are going to read a few scenes of a play.  You should pay attention to how the scenes fit together.  Then, you will answer the questions.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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