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Story Detective Printable – Identifying Parts of a Story

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Story Detective printables for learning the parts of a story


This year we are using WriteShop Primary C as a part of Kaleb’s 3rd grade curriculum. Right now we are learning about the parts of a story: the who, what, where, when, why, and story details.

Because I didn’t want to take 20 minutes to cut out and create the suggested magnifying glasses (heaven forbid I should pull out the construction paper and scissors – every one of them would be a different shape and that would bother me), I spent an hour creating the Story Detective printables instead. (In my defense, there are more than magnifying glasses in the pack.)

Story Detective Printables

Story detective worksheets at a glance

Inside the Story Detective printable set you will find:

  • Story Part magnifying glasses: who, what, where, when, why/how, and story details
  • Story detective worksheet: use this to go along with stories your child creates or reads
  • Take-along cards: quick notecards to hang up or use as a reference
  • Story sheets: write and illustrate your own story

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Draw and Journal Pages

Draw and Journal Pages

If you like the story sheets that are in the pack you can find additional Draw and Journal pages here.

Essay Outline For Older Children

Hamburger essay outline for literature

If you have older children that are at the essay stage of writing, download a free copy of the Hamburger Essay Outline to help organize the writing process.

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  1. This is exactly what I was looking for today. A certain 8yo flies through tons of books every day, but I would love for her to slow down to think about the stories a little more this year. Printing out now! :) Thanks!

  2. I love these, what a creative way to get into story parts!

  3. These are great! Do you think C is too easy for C? Too gimmicky? That bugs me. I love your printable! Thanks! And you didn’t dive into the freshly sorted construction paper to do this? Really? It was so pretty any sorted by color… Nice neat piles make me happy. Even in pictures. Gosh am I so type A. :). Hey – do you Affiliate with Lego. I need to get Jack the homeschool simple machines set if you have a code.


    • Level C is perfect for our Kaleb. He is enjoying it so far. And just couldn’t make myself break out the scissors to wreck my nice assortment. :)

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