1. To develop a literary web including themes, setting, characterization, plot, and conflict.
2. To understand literary elements as they relate to all Molly books.
3. To discuss the importance of each of the elements in the books.
The American Girls Collection:
Meet Molly, Molly Learns a Lesson, Molly's Surprise Happy Birthday Molly, Molly Saves the Day
Changes for Molly
by Valerie Tripp; Literary Logs
1. Prior to this lesson, students should have been exposed to strategies for identifying literary elements. This lesson is to be completed after all Molly books have been read.
2. Post a web on the board. On each extension, each literary element should be written. As you write the elements ask students to consider what could be written for each. Students should refer to their literary logs for information about characters, plot, setting, or conflicts. As a class or in groups students should fill in details on the web. Possible terms to include on the web are:
students should analyze the character of Molly, Mr. McIntire, Mrs. McIntire, Jill, Ricky, Linda, Susan, Ms. Gilford, and Brad.
friendships, loyalty, loneliness, war.
Person vs. nature, person vs. self, person vs. person, person vs. society.
3. Once the web is complete, discussions should be held to compare answers of each group and to discuss the importance of each detail under the literary element.