Icarus and Daedalus Plot Diagram
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
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/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
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
- [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
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 ”Icarus and Daedalus” Plot Diagram
Due to the cruel King Minos’ anger, the inventive Daedalus and his young son Icarus have been imprisoned in a tower off the coast of Greece.
Although Daedalus can easily escape the tower, he and his son are still stranded on an island miles from their home. Daedalus must devise a way to cross the ocean.
Using wax and feathers, Daedalus fashions wings for himself and his son. Daedalus warns his son not to fly too high or too low, then the pair takes flight.
In the joy and excitement of flying, Icarus forgets his father’s advice and soars too close to the sun, causing his wings to melt.
Icarus’ wings fall apart, and he plummets to his death and drowns in the sea below.
Daedalus names the nearest island Icaria in memory of his son. He then hangs up his wings in the temple of Apollo and vows never to fly again.
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Create a visual plot diagram of ”Icarus and Daedalus”.
- 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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