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Plot Diagram

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Plot Diagram

Grades 1 – 12
Interactive Type Organizing & Summarizing
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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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.

The basic triangle-shaped plot structure, representing the beginning, middle, and end of a story, was described by Aristotle. Gustav Freytag modified Aristotle's system by adding a rising action and a falling action to the structure. This interactive version of the graphic organizer supports both Aristotle's and Freytag's conceptualizations of plot structures.

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in Dramatic Tragedy

By exploring the decisions points in a tragedy, students consider how the plot of the story can change if the key characters make a different choice at the turning point.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is used as a primer to teach students how to analyze a literary work using plot, theme, characterization, and psychoanalytical criticism.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan

Exploring Satire with Shrek

The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Analyzing Symbolism, Plot, and Theme in Death and the Miser

Students apply the analytical skills that they use when reading literature to an exploration of the underlying meaning and symbolism in Hieronymous Bosch’s early Renaissance painting Death and the Miser.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization

After exploring Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, students create their own audio dramatization of a text they have read.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

The Children’s Picture Book Project

In this lesson students evaluate published children’s picture storybooks. Students then plan, write, illustrate, and publish their own children’s picture books.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring a Teen's World: Learning SAT Vocabulary Through Drama

Students use SAT vocabulary to create and film a screenplay. They perform all roles, from writing through filming, resulting in a resource for their classmates.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices by rewinding the plot.

 

Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources

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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Timeline

Students generate descriptive timelines and can include images in the description.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Narrative Pyramid

After students read a short story or chapter of a novel, they can use the Narrative Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details.