Plot and Conflict - Story Elements Task Cards - Print and Easel Versions

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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  1. This package of story elements task cards includes four sets - for the four major story elements: characterization, setting, plot and conflict, and theme. Each set contains thirty large cards with a variety of activities designed for middle school and upper elementary language arts or reading clas
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  2. Reading Task Card Sets for story elements, text structures, and various close reading or comprehension skills, plus seasonal themed sets. Seventeen sets of task cards with 30 cards per set for the review and practice that students need. Here is what is included: Story ElementsCharacterization Kids
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Thirty task cards for practicing the story elements of plot and conflict. Students learn plot and conflict terms and practice outlining the plot of a story in several ways.

These are the plot vocabulary terms included:



initiating event

rising action


falling action






These are the types of conflict addressed:

internal conflict

man v self

external conflict

man v man

man v nature

man v society

man v technology

man v the supernatural

The three graphic organizers presented for outlining the plot structure of a story are plot maps, storyboards, and "somebody-wanted-but-then-so" organizers.

These task cards are designed specifically for middle school and upper elementary kids. The cards are large – two cards per page and have more content per card than many of the smaller task cards – perfect for older kids who can handle more than one quick question per card.

Included with this set is a blank answer sheet for students to fill in their answers.

With a variety of activities, these cards can be used for differentiating with students of different abilities and students who work at different rates. The cards work well for individual or group work, and for review activities, class games like Scoot or Footloose, or quick assessments. Included is a list of suggestions for ways to use task cards and a list of suggestions for easy differentiation with task cards.

You can see more sample cards in the preview.

Delving into one story element such as setting is a great way to help students develop their reading comprehension, and the graphic organizer cards would also work well as prewriting activities for students' own stories. The cards support the Reading Anchor Standards and the Reading: Literature Standards.

The Easel Activity is a digital version that is ready to use with one card per slide. It is ready for student use with answer boxes and directions already in place.

For the Google Slides version, see Plot and Conflict Task Cards and Google Slides.

For more task cards, on story elements and other language arts and reading topics, see: Task Cards.

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Total Pages
65 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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.


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