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Plot Diagram

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Plot Diagram

Grades 1 – 12
Interactive Type Organizing & Summarizing
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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   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Teaching About Story Structure Using Fairy Tales

From "once upon a time" to "happily ever after," students learn to recognize story structure in fairy tales and create a logical sequence of events when writing original stories.


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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing


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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.