There's no easier way to help students condense the essentials of a story's plot than a Somebody Wanted, But, So chart.
The Somebody is the main character. The Wanted is the main character’s main objective in the story. What did he or she want? Usually in a story, something stops the main character from getting what they want. Whatever stops them is the But. The But could be another character like a villain or even the main character’s parents. How does the conflict between the main character and the But resolve? However it resolves is the So.
This download includes a printable page for easy distribution to your students. On the page is an easy to read chart to help students diagram the SWBS of a story!