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Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel

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Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Copies of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, or other selected text

  • Chart paper or board, and writing instruments

  • LCD Projector (optional)

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Plot Diagram

Grades   1 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.


Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


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  • Read The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963 as a class—either by read-aloud or using a class set of the book. Students will need to have completed the book before they begin this project.

  • Gather writing utensils for chart paper and the board, and/or post chart paper.

  • Make appropriate number of copies of Graphic Map Example and Graphic Map Rubric.

  • Acquire an LCD projector if desired.

  • Test the Plot Diagram tool and Graphic Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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