Teaching Story Structure

 In order to effectively comprehend a text, students need to understand that all stories follow a certain structure.  We are introduced to the characters and setting at the beginning, the characters face a problem in the middle, and the characters solve the problem and change by the end.  Students should be able to identify and describe the characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end of a story.  My story structure pack recently got a huge update!  Welcome to Story Structure Cinema!  I tell my students to think about a story in the same way they would a movie.  They follow the same structure!  So, we are bringing the movie theatre to their classroom with this fun transformation and story structure unit filled with anchor charts, posters, activities, decorations, crafts, and more!

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Story Structure Cinema


I teach you in the unit how to print posters on your printer.  I printed this sign as a poster to hang above your board.  Students will love this fun theme!

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Give students tickets to enter your cinema on day one of your unit!

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.


Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

When introducing the skill, you can do this opening story structure activity.  I used a familiar story and put different events from the story on popcorn.  Working together, students will put the events in order from beginning to end.  You can then model how to describe the major events from the beginning, middle, and end of a story.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

I printed all of the posters and decor pieces on cardstock.  You could dedicate one bulletin board to the theme or even decorate all around your room.  There are also anchor charts included in the resource that you can print as a poster and laminate for future use.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Story Structure Activities


Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Begin the unit by teaching students how to identify and describe the characters and setting.  I would also go into using the illustrations and words to describe the characters and setting.  You can then go into teaching beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

There are three super cute crafts with the movie theme in the pack.  Students can make a walk of fame, movie popcorn, and a film strip.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

I also include other resources in the pack that you can use with any text you wish.  Students love making the mini books!  Of course, I always give you exit tickets to use with each lesson.

Independent Reading Application of the Skill


Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

I always give my students bookmarks that go along with our standard, because I want them to apply that skill to their independent reading.  By having these in their book bins, it reminds them that applying this skill is important to their comprehension of texts.


Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

You can put this activity into a center.  Put a book in the envelope along with these graphic organizers for students to complete independently.  This is a great assessment to use later on!

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

This would be such a fun room transformation!  You really wouldn't have to do anything extra; students just love having a theme that helps make the skill memorable.  You could even watch a story on YouTube to give it that whole movie theatre experience.  There is even a popcorn snack idea in the pack that would be perfect to use for a fun Friday activity!

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

You can grab the pack by clicking HERE or any of the photos in this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.

Save BIG on all of my comprehension units by grabbing the bundle below!  So many fun themes!

Story structure activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers, crafts, and more for first and second grade by Tiffany Gannon.


















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