SNAP, CRACKLE, and POP your class with this Snapchat Plotter... and show students how to put the SNAP into their chats! Construct super Snapchats using elements of plot as building blocks... and add images and captions to make plot POP.
Students plot the stories in their lives and in literature with this high-interest 4 page activity.
HOW IT WORKS
Start with the INFOGRAPHIC on page 1 that lays out an example of an everyday Snapchat story alongside a labelled plot diagram. The Snapchat story is depicted on phones and is made up of 7 Snapchat photos with captions; each photo/caption combo represents one of the seven plot elements: exposition – inciting incident – rising action – climax – falling action – resolution – denouement. Students can VISUALLY connect each Snapchat photo to its plot element mirrored in the diagram above the story. Verbal definitions of each element are provided just below the phones. Use this VERBAL, VISUAL, and DIAGRAMMATIC information – vertically stacked to reduce cognitive load – to reinforce meanings for all learners.
Generally speaking, students who can identify an inciting incident, the climax, and its resolution – what I've come to call the 'core trio' – are usually better able to construct stories that hang together. So, to help all students identify the 'core trio', use page 2 of the handout, which shows the same Snapchat story as on page 1 but with a twist. Only the three 'core trio' Snapchat photos and captions are shown. The other photo/caption combos are missing, and the phones have been left visibly blank. Guide students to SEE that the story 'works' and holds meaning, although it’s less interesting due to missing details and context. Many students will probably recognize their own Snapchat stories here!
Page 3 again shows the same Snapchat story but with another twist. Two of the three 'core trio' plot elements are missing (as well as the falling action example). The inciting incident and the climax have been removed, predictably producing a boring or barely understandable story. The phones have been left visibly blank, as well... guide your students to SEE THE MISSING PLOT ELEMENTS. This example actually highlights another set of problems that many students have in constructing their own Snapchats: difficulty in identifying the ‘core trio’ and so Snapchat stories that aren’t very interesting or that lack meaning. With this part of the activity, you can really helps students SEE THE FUNCTIONS OF PLOT.
Page 4 of the handout is a template of 7 phones, each titled with a plot element and arranged on the page as a plot diagram. Prompt students to construct a plot using events from their daily lives and to represent each plot element visually and with a caption. Guide students to start their Snapchats by identifying an inciting incident and working from there to develop the ‘core trio’ and the rest of the story.
When students can identify the ‘core trio’, their Snapchat stories magically ascend into INTERESTING!