Activity Overview

Creating a plot diagram not only helps students learn the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and helps students develop a 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. In this activity, students will create a visual plot diagram of major events in Cinder. Students should identify major turning points in the novel such as the Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.

Cinder Plot Diagram Example

Exposition: Cinder is a 16 year old cyborg mechanic who lives with her horrible stepmother and stepsisters in New Beijing. The country is plagued with a deadly disease called letumosis, for which there is no cure. Cinder meets Prince Kai, who is heir to the throne, and her whole life begins to change.

Rising Action: Kai’s father, the emperor, and Cinder’s stepsister, Peony, die of the disease. Cinder learns that she is a Lunar, and is therefore immune to the disease. She also learns of Queen Levana’s plan to take over the commonwealth, and eventually the whole planet by forcing Kai to marry her and then kill him, making her the empress.

Climax: At Kai’s coronation ball, Kai discovers that Cinder is a cyborg and a Lunar. During an altercation, Queen Levana tries to brainwash Cinder into shooting herself, but she shoots at the ceiling instead and feels intense pain.

Falling Action: While trying to run away, Cinder’s foot becomes detached and she falls to the ground. Emperor Kai has her taken into custody until Queen Levana can have her taken away to Luna.

Resolution: Dr. Erland uses his powers to see Cinder while she is in prison. He brings her a new hand and foot, and encourages her to escape and meet him in Africa. He tells Cinder that she is, indeed, Princess Selene.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a visual plot diagram of Cinder.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Separate the story into the Title, Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  3. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each of the examples in the plot diagram.
  5. Save often.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative Arcs

Common Core Standards
  • [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/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


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Plot Diagram Rubric
Create a visual Plot Diagram that summarizes the story. The storyboard should have six cells: Title, Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. Below each cell, type in a description of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Cells include images that help to tell the story and do not get in the way of understanding. Descriptions match the images.
Descriptions do not always match the images.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
Each of the six cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
Two cells or fewer are out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or three or more cells are out of order.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is difficult to understand.

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