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Learning Story Elements in a FUN Way! (MsJordanReads)

Are you looking for a fun new way to teach story elements? 

Students will love this mnemonic for remembering the different features of fiction text! S.T.O.R.Y. is part of a visualizing strategy called "Picture It!," developed by Victoria Naughton (2008). Each letter of S.T.O.R.Y. represents a different story element.  Not only do I love this mnemonic for students learning the ingredients of a good story, but it's great for story retelling and story summarizing. To help my students remember the mnemonic, I created a strategy poem! 

Download your free poem for learning S.T.O.R.Y.! 

(Click here or the image below!)

Check out my newest blog post, "S.T.O.R.Y. Extensions!" for ways to use S.T.O.R.Y. in your classroom! If you're interested in reading Victoria Naughton's article, a few websites are listed on the blog post, as well.

Happy Teaching!


  1. Thanks! I use this strategy a lot with my students and the mnemonic is great for helping them remember the different story elements. I'm glad you like it, too!

  2. This is wonderful. Can't wait to use it.


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