Plot Diagram | "The Lady or the Tiger" Summary
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 novel. 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 novel 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 Lady or the Tiger" Plot Diagram
In ancient times, a king uses poetic justice to decide if a person on trial is innocent or guilty. The accused is led to two doors, and they may choose either one as their fate. Behind one door is a ferocious tiger, behind the other a fair maiden to whom the person is married immediately.
Major Inciting Conflict
The daughter of the king falls in love with a handsome commoner. The king discovers this and the youth is sentenced to choose his fate.
The king chooses the worst beast in all the kingdom, and the fairest maiden to be behind the doors. The princess knows the maiden and has felt jealousy regarding to her lover. Through bribery, the princess learns which door contains the lady, and which the tiger.
The day arrives, and the handsome youth is in the arena. He looks to the princess, and she motions to the right.
The man goes to the door.
The author leaves the reader not knowing what was behind the door. He asks the reader to consider the princess and her attributes, and to decide for ourselves.
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Create a visual plot diagram of "The Lady or the Tiger".
- 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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