Story maps are the perfect way to teach literary elements such as plot, rising action, climax, falling action, conflict, and resolution. And Magic Tree House books lend themselves beautifully to repeated practice of these elements. Chapters one through seven are rising action, chapter eight is the climax, and chapters nine and ten are the falling action. With well known characters like Jack and Annie, teaching major and minor characters becomes child's play, and the conflict and resolution are very easily identified. This map gives students a place to document events in each chapter as it follows the traditional graphic of rising and falling action. There is also a section to note text to self, text to text, and text to world connections.
NOTE: This map prints on legal sized paper to give elementary students enough room to write comfortably.