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. Further developong our skills we viewed the second episode of Paddington, A bear in hot water.
This is the story structure we identified:
- Setting: 32 Windsor Gardens, in the bathroom.
- Characters: Main character – Paddington Bear, secondary characters – Jonathon, Judy, Mr Brown, Mrs Brown & Mrs Bird.
- Problem: Paddington didn’t know how to use the bathroom facilities, and he flooded the house when the bath overflowed.
- Feelings: Paddington might have felt, scared, clumsy, embarrassed and confused.
- Action: Jonathon came and pulled the bath plug out.
- Outcome: The house stopped flooding, and when the bath emptied Paddington had a ‘dry bath’.
- Themes: If you don’t know how to do something, ask!
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.