The Interlopers Plot Diagram
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
- [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/9-10/5] Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise
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 story 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 "The Interlopers" Plot Diagram
The setting is the Carpathian woods on a snowy night.
Major Inciting Conflict
Two men, Ulrich and Georg, involved in a family feud are out searching for one another when a tree falls on them, trapping them in the woods.
The men argue about whose servants will arrive first to save their master and kill the other man. After some time, Ulrich attempts to reconcile with Georg and offers some wine.
Georg accepts Ulrich’s offer to be friends, and the men reconcile.
They decide to call for help together.
No one will ever know the men have reconciled; instead of men coming to help them, a pack of wolves rush towards them.
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Create a visual plot diagram of "The Interlopers".
- 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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