Understanding Setting, Plot and Theme: Lesson
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Did You Know?

Almost every story has a problem.
This is called the
plot. The plot has three parts

A character with
a problem.

A character tries to solve the problem
   
The problem is solved.

  
 

When we read,
it is important for us to understand
the important events in a story that make up the plot

Remember the story of the Little Red Hen?  Carefully read each section below.  Click on the correct answer to each question.

                    

 

One day as the Little Red Hen was scratching in a field, she found a grain of wheat.  She decided to make some bread. "This wheat should be planted," she said. "Who will plant this grain of wheat?"
"Not I," said the Duck.
"Not I," said the Cat.
"Not I," said the Dog.
"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

Soon the wheat grew to be tall and yellow. "The wheat is ripe," said the Little Red Hen. "Who will cut the wheat?"
"Not I," said the Duck.
"Not I," said the Cat.
"Not I," said the Dog.
"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

 Who is the character with a problem?  
Little Red Hen         Duck                  Cat

When the wheat was cut, the Little Red Hen said, "Who will take this wheat to the mill?" "Not I," said the Duck.
"Not I," said the Cat.
"Not I," said the Dog.
"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She took the wheat to the mill and had it ground into flour. Then she said, "Who will make this flour into bread?" "Not I," said the Duck.
"Not I," said the Cat.
"Not I," said the Dog.
"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

What is the Little Red Hen's problem?

She didn't know how to make bread.

No one would help her make the bread.

 

She made and baked the bread.  Then she said, "who will eat this bread?" "Oh! I will," said the Duck.
"And I will," said the Cat.
"And I will," said the Dog.
"No, No!" said the Little Red Hen. "I will do that." And she did.

 How did the Little Red Hen solve her problem?
She did all the work herself.

She shared her bread with the animals.

 



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