Plot Structure

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Purpose:

The plot is the meaningfulness of the story. It connects the story from beginning to end and provides the characters with a problem or conflict to solve. This graphic organizer helps students to identify the essential components of a story’s plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

Introduction:

The plot is the essence of the story. This graphic organizer helps students identify the elements of a story’s plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution. It helps students differentiate the parts from the whole and see how the plot flows to create the story’s theme.

Steps for Use with Audio Books:

This graphic organizer can be used at any time during the reading process.

  1. Discuss the elements of a plot with students. Complete a Plot Diagram using a familiar story such as Cinderella (see example).
  2. Listen to the selected text.
  3. Fill in the Plot Diagram as a class, in small groups or as individuals.
  4. If appropriate share Plot Diagrams with the class and discuss.

Example:

Graphic Organizer Example 

Graphic Organizer:

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Graphic Organizer