Plot Diagram | The Third Wish Summary
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
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 The Third Wish Plot Diagram
Mr. Peters saves a swan who turns out to be the Forest King. Mr. Peters is rewarded with three wishes.
Mr. Peters must decide what to wish for using his three wishes. He does not know whether to use the wishes on himself or for his loved ones.
Mr. Peters wishes for a beautiful wife, and one magically appears. They are wed, and seem to be live very happily.
Mr. Peters realizes that his wife used to be a swan, and that though she loves him very much, she’ll never be truly happy as a human because she was born to be a swan.
Mr. Peters uses his second wish to return his wife to swan form.
Mr. Peters decides to live out his life in the company of his two favorite swans (his wife and her sister), and not use the third wish because he believes that he should be happy as he is.
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Create a visual plot diagram of The Third Wish.
- 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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