An exceptional way to help your students follow a story is to have them track the events from it. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of a plot, it also reinforces major events, which helps students develop greater understanding of how the events fit together to provide the overall structure of the story.
This example identifies six main events:
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Diagram a ProcessCommon Core Standards
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Create a timeline sequence of events for the plot of Mr Popper's Penguins to show the structure of the story.
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