Monday, September 17, 2012

Elements of Literature

I used a combination of ideas from "The Mouth," Dinah Zike's Foldables, and my own experience to create the foldables which cover Elements of Literature. I had the luxury of using a color printer and Word clip-art to create mine; I gave the students a copy of the two pages and gave them instructions to cut them out, fold the edges, glue the outside edges in the notebook, cut up the center line as well as the two horizontal lines (making sure they don't cut into the solid horizontal line). Then, they drew pictures (I let them copy mine) and colored them...illustrations and coloring are MANDATORY! That took one day...

 After they are cut, you'll have four little windows/doors. I created anchor charts on 11" x 17" paper of what should be written under the windows/doors. I taped the anchor charts up around the room and had them move from chart to chart writing the information. (NOTE: I tried to upload a PDF of these documents but couldn't figure out how...:( ) of Contents. You know the drill...

UPDATE: After some research, I think I've figured out how to upload a PDF of the files! Click on the links below:
Elements of Literature foldables
Elements of Literature Anchor Chart


  1. I think you may have just saved my life! I've been a 3rd grade teacher for 14 years and am being moved to 7th and 8th grade Lanugage Arts (the ONLY 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher!!) next school year. You've given me so many ideas and I really thank you for posting all of the masters. ~ Pam Clark

  2. Thank you for sharing such great ideas. I never feel that my reading journal provides enough explicit information & this will really help. Thanks again for sharing!

  3. I love your idea. I am trying to get a copy of the anchor charts. How can I get that?