Plot Diagram | Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and helps students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the book in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Example Diary of Anne Frank Plot Diagram
Anne Frank is a thirteen year old Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, Holland. Her parents give her a diary for her birthday and she writes all of her thoughts and experiences in letters to her friend, "Kitty."
The Franks live in German-occupied Holland during World War II. Margot is called up for deportation by the Schutzstaffel (the S.S.). The Frank family goes into hiding into Mr. Frank's old workplace with the help of Dutch coworkers.
Another Jewish runaway, Mr. Dussel, comes to stay with the Franks and the Van Daans. The Secret Annexe is now even more cramped. They have very limited supplies, must stay very quiet during the day, cannot go outside, and live in constant fear of discovery.
More fear. The warehouse below the Secret Annexe is broken into. Police come investigate and nearly find the entrance to their hiding place. Everyone has to stay still and silent for a long time, to avoid being found.
The Gestapo make arrests and take many people away all over the occupied countries. The green grocer down the street is arrested for hiding two Jews. The Secret Annexe receives even less food than before.
ResolutionThe “resolution” of the story comes in the afterword. Their hiding place was discovered! The Gestapo come to the Secret Annexe and take the Franks, the Van Daans, and Mr. Drussel away. Anne didn’t have time to write more in her diary before the Gestapo came.
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Create a visual plot diagram of Diary of Anne Frank.
- Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
- Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
- Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.
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