Plot Task Cards or Worksheets in Print and Digital with TpT Easel

Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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  1. This nonfiction text structure bundle has everything you need to keep your upper elementary and middle school students engaged as they learn about how authors develop the plot of a story. It includes many practice opportunities you can use to guide your students through identifying the plot elements
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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.

********This resource is available in TWO FORMATS:

  1. TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.
  2. TPT EASEL ACTIVITY- I created a new, colorful version for this digital format. Students can complete this activity on a device. Students read each passage and identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Then, students complete a plot diagram for the story. Students type complete sentences in answer boxes.


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would rather own the digital version of this activity that features Google Slides, click here.

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)

This item is a paid digital download from my TpT store

As such, it is for use in one classroom only. This item is also bound by copyright laws. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me if you wish to be granted special permissions!

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).
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
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).
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
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.
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.


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