Clifford: The Bones of the Story

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Language Arts, Reading, Reading Comprehension

Grade 1- 3

Objective

Students describe the five elements of a story--setting, characters, problem, events, and resolution.

Directions

Introduce your students to Clifford by reading to them or having them read Clifford the Small Red Puppy, Clifford's Puppy Days, or Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Set the stage for reading the books by discussing the following questions:
    • How many of you have a dog?
    • Did you get him or her as a puppy?
    • What are some of the memorable moments you have had with your dog?
    • How has your dog been a good friend to you?
    • How would it be different if you had a small dog (or a large dog)?
  • If you have all three books, display the covers. Ask the following questions about the covers:
    • How are they alike?
    • How are they different?
    • How has Clifford changed on the three covers?
    • How do you think this happened?
    • What would you do if your dog grew to be this big?
  • Introduce the characters in the books: Emily Elizabeth and her parents, Clifford and his family, Emily Elizabeth's Aunt Martha, and the Baker. Introduce the five elements of a story: setting, characters, problem, events, and resolution. Help them to identify these elements in the Clifford story. Then have them fill out the work sheets with the information they have learned.

    Resources

    • The Bones of the Story activity pages
    • pencils
    • scissors
    • colored paper
    • Clifford the Small Red Puppy, Clifford's Puppy Days, or Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

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