This is a graphic organizer that will help map a story using the Somebody Wanted But So Then model.
somebody - the character
wanted - the character's motivation
but - the conflict
so - the climax
then - the resolution
It's an alternative to the plot diagram, but it contains the essential elements of story. It helps some learners to see plot as driven by the journey to resolve the conflict of a story.
The And column may be new to some, but it's important to see that the story isn't over with the climax, but that the loose ends of the story need to tied up in the resolution.
The color coded columns can be helpful in color coding elements with highlighters or colored pencils for older students or longer passages while reading.
In addition to mapping a story, this can make an excellent reading journal or story tracker during reading to aid in comprehension or connect shorter interactions with a text upon returning to a story.
As a teacher, I've also used this to teach summary skills as the format is applicable to every day situations and historical events as well as plot-driven texts. It also functions as a conflict resolution template and gives safe, neutral language for shaping the discussion of events.
It makes a neat handout or overhead for the organization of whole-class contributions to a summary or refresher of events or stories.