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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Copies of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, or other selected text
- Chart paper or board, and writing instruments
- LCD Projector (optional)
Grades 1 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
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.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
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.
- 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.