Frame Narrative Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students the structure of frame narratives and what they look like in action. Students will watch an educational video, discuss and interact with content in activities, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'frame narrative'
  • describe the structure of frame narratives
  • identify frame narratives in film and literature and explain why they are frame narratives

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Frame narrative
  • Frame story
  • Frame tale

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Review the concept of traditional plot structure with students. Consider using our lesson on plot diagrams and work with students to identify the plot of familiar fairy tales as a quick review.
  • Have students make a traditional plot diagram for a story and set aside.

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