This graphic organizer can be used with any fictional story. Students are prompted to provide items learned in the exposition, such as the characters and the setting (including time and place). Three-dimensional boxes for events in the rising action and falling action are provided. The climax event box stands out in its burst shape, while still retaining enough of a rectangular shape for room to write. Conflict type(s) are identified, as well as connected to the initiating event and resolving event. Students also identify the theme(s) of the story and the genre.
For younger grades or lower students: Brainstorm (or provide) the list of events (not necessarily in order) and/or other information to have students sort into the correct spot.
Protip: To make this fun and interactive, I photocopy at 130% zoom from the letter size onto 11x17 paper. Then, I laminate and provide wet erase Vis a Vis pens. Students can work in groups and the posters can be reused with my stories throughout the year!
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