Teaching Resource

Story Elements Worksheet

PDF, Google Slides | 4 pages|Grades: 1 - 2

In this worksheet, students will read 2 pieces of text and identify characters, settings, problems, and solutions.

This Story Elements worksheet is best used as an independent practice to support your literary elements lesson. The students are given two pieces of text to read. Then they will identify the following story elements in a chart:

  • Character
  • Setting
  • Problem
  • Solution

It also works well when used together as a whole-class activity in the middle of a lesson. Simply project the worksheet on the dry-erase board and read/complete the activity together.

Story Elements Worksheet Scaffolding and Extension Tips 

To challenge students who already know the concepts, ask them to write their own very short stories using characters, settings, problems, and solutions of their own creation. They can then share their stories with peers and discuss the story elements they described.

To scaffold this resource for struggling students, have them identify the characters and setting in an independent practice setting, while the problem and solution are identified in a guided practice setting. Students could also discuss their favorite story elements from a book, movie, or television show with a peer group or pair. 

In addition to individual student work time, this worksheet can be used as a(n):

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Because this download includes the answer sheet, we recommend printing one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheets for students to fill out on their own. 

You can also make this worksheet more sustainable by adding it to your classroom reading center! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

You can also project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their math notebooks. 

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Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

This resource was created by Jennifer Hall, a teacher in North Carolina and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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