This year for reading activities within my class, we have been using a resource called StoryBytes, by Hilton Ayrey. With each weekly activity, there is a task that requires students to identify the story structure. It requires students to identify the following:
- Setting: Where does the story take place?
- Characters: Who are the characters in the story?
- Problem: What is the problem in the story?
- Feelings: How do the main characters feel about the problem?
- Action: What action do the characters take?
- Outcome: How did the story end?
- Themes: Is their a lesson in the story?
I wanted the students to transfer the skill of identifying a story’s structure within text, to identifying a story’s structure within a television programme. To introduce this, I used the very first episode of Paddington. He’s a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. I chose this as I spent the last weekend watching the new movie Paddington, several times with my young daughter.
Try it out with your class, or for much older viewers, simply watch the video for a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remember the bear that is, Paddington.