I created these graphic organizers and have used them in my classroom with great success. Once the elements of plot have been taught, the organizers can be used by the students to diagram any literature they are reading- from short stories to novels.
The first organizer is labeled, to be used with students who need cues/prompts or are still learning the elements of plot. The second organizer has the labels removed, to make it more challenging for capable students. It can even be used as an organizer to teach summary writing, or as an assessment.
Students are asked to fill in: title, main characters and character traits in the exposition, the conflict/problem, the setting, rising and falling action, the climax, and the resolution. The organizer without labels is also helpful if the vocabulary you are using varies. (ex. introduction vs. exposition.)
It is a great tool that can be used over and over again!