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 Full Cicada Moon. Students should identify major turning points in the novel such as the Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Exposition: This story takes place in a predominantly white town in Vermont in 1969. Mimi and her parents have moved from California for her father’s job, and must adapt to being a mixed race family in a town with very little diversity.
Rising Action: Mimi befriends Stacey. The two girls peacefully sit in the shop class and refuse to get up when the teachers tells them they can’t be there.
Climax: Mimi and Stacey are suspended, and when they get back to school, the boys are in home economics and the girls are in shop.
Falling Action: The principal agrees to start clubs for the classes after school, so that anyone can join.
Resolution: After Mimi’s family brings Mr. Dell a Thanksgiving dinner, he apologizes for how rude he has been. He takes Mimi for a ride on his plane and lets her steer.
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Objective: Create a visual plot diagram of Full Cicada Moon.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
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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.