Story maps use visual representations to help students organize the important elements of a story. Because the ability to identify and understand story structure leads to better reading comprehension, graphic organizers like these are a must for your balanced literacy program!
The basic story map, suitable for students in grades 1-3, contains 4 large circles for listing the story setting, main characters, problem and solution. The advanced story map, for grades 2-5, includes lines for additional details, including where/when and the names of minor story characters.
Both maps are free!