Divergent Plot Diagram
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
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 help 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 story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Example Divergent Plot Diagram
Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior lives in a futuristic society in which all people live in one of five factions, according to their dominant personality trait: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, or Candor. Beatrice and her brother Caleb have grown up with their parents in the Abnegation sector, but will be allowed to choose their own faction at the Choosing Ceremony.
In her aptitude test, Beatrice learns that she is divergent, a mix between three factions. Beatrice decides to join the Dauntless faction, but must keep her divergence a secret for her own safety.
Tris finds new friends in Dauntless, but also makes several enemies. As she struggles to make it to the top of the rankings in the competitive initiation process, Tris is routinely beaten up and faces attempts on her life. Fortunately, her instructor Four watches out for her, and the two become romantically involved.
Just after successfully completing initiation, Tris and her peers are injected with a new serum. When the serum causes the Dauntless masses to attack the Abnegation compound, Tris, being divergent, is unaffected. She attempts to protect her Abnegation family, but is captured by Jeanine Matthews, Erudite leader.
After escaping execution by drowning, Tris returns to the Dauntless compound with her father, Caleb, and Marcus. With their help, she breaches the control room where she frees Four from the serum's influence and helps him stop the simulation. The Dauntless soldiers regain control of their own minds and stop fighting the Abnegation.
Tris and her allies know that this is only the beginning of the fight against Erudite. They flee the Dauntless compound and head out of the city, seeking protection among the Amity, safe for the time being.
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Create a visual plot diagram of Divergent.
- 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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