Teaching elements of fiction

As an English teacher I often use Formative to teach elements of fiction. I’ll use this thread to share some of those specialized formatives and I hope others will share theirs.

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Here is a formative I created based on a short story by Neil Gaiman.
Clone Code: BWOOOG
or link https://goformative.com/clone/BWOOOG
It includes questions about setting, characterization, and theme.

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Here’s a formative for A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.
Clone Code: HAVMFA
or link https://goformative.com/clone/HAVMFA

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This is my first year teaching 9th grade ELA and I really appreciate you sharing examples. Your “February Tale -Gaiman” formative looks good and I like how you start with questions where students can identify elements of the text before asking them to support their analysis and make connections.

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awesome, thank you for sharing, Jen! I can actually use this in my adult ed classes!

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I like the questions you ask and how the questions naturally build in complexity: checking comprehension, predictions, analysis.

I use Formative for during-reading activities too! Here’s one I use to help my students practice thinking about the theme of their independent reading books: https://goformative.com/clone/XARNFU

It’d be great to hear what you think.

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Hello. Here is a Formative for the poem “Rain”.
Rain Clone

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Here is a formative I use to review literary terms as we work with the short story “A Sound of Thunder,” but it really can be used with anything. https://goformative.com/clone/TVVRXO

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I love Neil Gaiman! I’ll have to check out that short story! Thanks!

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This looks great! Nice job scaffolding your formative. I love that you are asking students to represent examples of the terms using the Show Your Work question type :+1:

Great formative! It’s so cool how you are tying the poem to history. I also like the acronym you use.

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How about nonfiction?

That’s a great way to use formative to teach fiction. I liked the tale; it is simple and to the point. The multiple choice questions did the trick. Thanks for sharing

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