Plot Diagram Fun!

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Plot Diagram Fun!

Plot Diagram Fun is a great resource that will help you teach students the basic elements of the plot diagram. This set contains two options for guided notes. Choose to have students cut and paste the definitions onto the appropriate location of the plot diagram or have students complete a fill in the blank plot diagram as you discuss the notes. Either way, this serves as a great pre-assessment tool to see what students know, but can also be used as a review activity at the end of a short story or novel unit.

Definitions for the following terms are included: Plot, Exposition, Setting, Characters, Background Information, Initiating Event, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.

Also included is an engaging and original short story, “Show Me The Money” (read an excerpt below). This entertaining story will grab your students’ attention and help students apply their knowledge of the plot diagram. This set encourages close reading and rereading and helps strengthen their ability to sequence events in a story.

You can also use this short story to teach many other fiction elements including conflict, theme, point of view, figurative language, descriptive language, visualizing, and summarizing.

Here is an excerpt from...

$how Me the Money
by Kim Berry

He was the heart throb of every fifth grade girl except me. Billy Martin was his name, but I called him Billy Bob just to annoy him. Although, if you asked me I’d say the name fit him rather well. He certainly dressed the part of a country farmer. Everyday he would come to school with those blue-denim overalls and a plain white t-shirt to go under it. Ordinarily, I don’t set out to antagonize newcomers, actually I make it a point to befriend them. I figure it’s better to have the newbie on my side rather than as an enemy. Unfortunately, my gentle welcome to Sherman Oaks Elementary didn’t go over too well. As Billy had put it, even if he was drowning in a lake and I was the only person around, he wouldn’t call my name for help. A simple no thank you would have done just nicely. So from that point on, I steered clear of Billy Martin. Zero interaction was my goal.
© 2014 Kim Berry of Cre8tivekjs Designs All Rights Reserved.

Read and own the entire story by downloading this set, “Plot Diagram Fun”.

I have included two options for guided practice or independent practice. Option 1 has students use the bank of events from the short story to label the plot diagram with numbers. Option 2 has students cut and paste events from the story onto the plot diagram in the appropriate locations. For a fun twist, use different colors to help students differentiate between the plot diagram, the notes, and the events from the story. This set of activities is a great addition to any student’s interactive notebook and will serve as a great review and model of the plot diagram.

Answer keys are included for each activity.

Be sure to check out my other graphic organizers:

Link-Point of View Fun

Link-Figurative Language Fun

Link-An Inference Disaster: Implicit and Explicit Information

Fonts used in this packet are from
Kevin and Amanda at
I’m Lovin’ Lit

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so much for your support and I would appreciate feedback about my products. Don’t forget: you can earn TpT credits if you leave feedback on a purchased product.
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