If you have students who are visual or kinesthetic learners, they probably have a difficult time understanding some of the complexities of plot elements and connecting the terms with examples. This unit is designed to aid these types of learners and the teachers who teach them in multiple ways.
There is a Plot Diagram with all of the elements placed in the correct place. There is also a blank Plot Diagram so students can write in their own examples and details while reading any short story or book in your curriculum.
To aid the students who are stronger on comprehension, there is a traditional vocabulary worksheet to so students can search and copy or take notes on each plot element.
However, if you have students who need a simple visual way to understand the plot sequence, there is a picture story that provides excellent examples of each element. Students will cut out these different pictures and place them in the correct sequence, naming each element under the picture.
After students understand how a plot is created, they can draw their own picture short story. They are not restricted by anything except their own imaginations and what they can draw in 5 boxes that will accurately depict each plot element. After they draw their story, they are asked to summarize their story so they can include details and important connections that weren't clear in their drawings.
Hopefully, each part of this activity will help students in their transition from teacher-based learning to student-based understanding!
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**Keywords: Plot Diagram, Plot Elements, Graphic Organizer, Graphic Story Activity, Common Core