Plot is the most basic element of literature. From early childhood students enjoy being told or read stories. However, by fifth or sixth grade we expect them to be able to analyze a story more critically. The activities below are designed to help them outline a plot summary:
PLOT DIAGRAM - student handout
Students are expected to organize their notes on plot from class discussion and readings. The handout can also be used with individual stories to outline the action in a particular piece of fiction.
PLOT DIAGRAM - teacher answer key
The teacher key can also be used as an overhead or computer projection to generate discussion for the plot diagram on the student handout.
UNDERSTANDING PLOT - student handout
Understanding Plot is an alternative presentation of the information contained in the Plot Diagram. It can be used instead of the graphic organizer. It might also be used to introduce the information along with the worksheet. The diagram could then be used as reinforcement.
UNDERSTANDING PLOT - student worksheet
This worksheet provides a place for notes on the information in the Understanding Plot handout. It might also be used as review before assessment. A writng activity was added for students to demonstrate their grasp of what they learned about plot.
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