In the last couple weeks, we’ve covered the 3 types of story and the elements of plot. To wrap up my series on teaching plot, let’s talk about the different types of plot that occur in stories. If you research types of plot at all, it won’t take but a minute to see that the experts disagree on just how many they are. 3, 5, 7? 36?
I think most of the 36 could be boiled down to one of 5-7 plot types, but it’s fun to look at plot with a more detailed mindset. I’ve heard it said that nothing original has been written since Shakespeare (and since so many of our current books and movies are based either on his plays or on fairy tales, I’m not saying that’s wrong).
But everyone has a different voice and a different idea of how the plot type will unfold. So even though it seems like there are a million plot lines out there, let’s take a look at how closely our favorite books fit into just a few different types of plot.
Since it’s mid-September and I saw orange leaves today while I was out, what could be more fitting than a witchy story?
Halloween is coming, my friends, and the Lit Mama is all in.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is a beautiful story about friendship and staying true to oneself set in 1687 Connecticut. When 16-year-old Kit is orphaned, she has to travel to America to live with relatives she’s never met. Suspicious and unfriendly, the Puritan community in which she finds herself soon begin to whisper ‘witch.’ And when Kit finds a friend in Hannah Tupper, a widow known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, things become downright dangerous.
There are so many lessons to learn from this book. And it’s incredibly absorbing. Plus, autumn. Did I say that already?
Y’all, I’m having so much fun introducing you to James Burd Brewster’s wonderful Glad to Do It! Series. This month, I’m featuring Uncle Rocky the Fireman again, only this time he’s looking for a firehouse dog. And you know what that means…
I was already in love with this series, but now that I’ve gotten my hands on this one I’m feeling a little obsessed. Sparky’s Rescue is not only super informative about dalmatians, it’s an homage to adopting pets who need good homes. Every time I read one of Mr. Brewster’s books I am completely floored by how much information he can pack into a fun picture book. These stories not only entertain, they teach.
That, my friends, is the stuff. So let’s hop right to some fun activities that will help your kiddos learn even more. Because yeah yeah.
With simple vocabulary and lush illustrations, Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber will have your littles pumped about autumn. Maybe even as excited as I am.
Maybe not. But it could happen.
I can’t help that all my favorite-ist things happen in autumn. The world turns a billion shades of red and gold. Leaves fall en masse (my favorite is when I’m driving and they fall in front of my car). Pumpkins ripen. Indian corn abounds. Apple cider is available. Pumpkin Pie or Homemade Maple Cream coffee creamer (I only take creamer in autumn. The rest of the year I drink my coffee black). Also, you probably need my recipe for that yummy Maple Creamer, so scroll down and I’ll add it in here.
I’m cool like that.