Plot Task Cards or Worksheets

Deb Hanson
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  1. This bundle is designed to help you introduce your students to how authors develop PLOT in a story. Start by introducing the 43-slide PowerPoint in which the elements of plot are presented in a step-by-step manner and includes multiple practice opportunities you can use to guide your students throug
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Learning Objective

After reading four short stories, the student will identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution for each.


This resource contains four original short stories. Students are given the task of identifying the five plot elements for each story (introduction/exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion/resolution).

This product has been prepared in both "task card" format or "worksheet" format. Also, there is an option for full page passages or half page passages in task card format. All three options are available with this single purchase. Further description of the three layouts is provided in the preview (and downloaded product). An answer key is included.

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Feel free to check out my other plot resources!

-Plot Elements Craftivity: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution

-Plot: Targeted Tri-folds

-Teaching Plot Elements with Small Group Readers' Theater Scripts

-Plot, Setting, Theme Foldable Craftivity (with differentiated story options)

-Plot, Setting, and Theme Foldable Template (can be used with any fiction book)

-Plot Introduction PowerPoint (includes 44 slides!)

-Box of Chocolates Plot Craftivity (includes original short story)

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By Deb Hanson

Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.


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