New and updated! I keep a whole file of different kinds of story maps for different purposes, but this one is my all-time favorite because of its user-friendly appearance but rigorous content. It can be used for short stories or novels, and has cute, multicultural, hand-drawn graphic clues illustrating most of the literary elements it asks the students to think about and describe. There are boxes and lines provided to make it easy for students to fill out, and it covers enough elements to be challenging for all students. Students have fun filling the map out in groups the first time or two, and they learn that there is not always a clear right and wrong answer when interpreting stories. Since it has graphics, I encourage kids to add their own graphics to embellish it as well. They can draw the faces of their characters, for example.
Elements included are: Title, Author, Setting, Characters (Protagonist, Antagonist), Plot, Conflict, Climax, Resolution, Point of View, Theme, and Style.