“Seventh Grade” Plot Diagram

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Seventh Grade Plot Diagram

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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 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, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.


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Example “Seventh Grade” Plot Diagram

Exposition

Victor, a seventh grader living in Fresno, CA, arrives for his first day of school. He is excited to see Teresa, a girl he likes and hopes to impress.


Rising Action

Throughout the day, Victor talks to his friend Michael and attends his new classes. All day, he is distracted by the thought of seeing Teresa in French class. When French class finally arrives, Victor rashly claims that he can speak French and ends up speaking gibberish when his teacher asks for a demonstration. Victor feels humiliated in front of Teresa.


Climax

Victor’s agony comes to a head when he and Teresa are the last ones left with their teacher, Mr. Bueller. Teresa says she was impressed by Victor’s French, and it is clear she did not realize he had made it up. Victor waits in terror for Mr. Bueller to correct Teresa, but he does not.


Falling Action

Victor tells Teresa he knows just a little French from movies and books. Teresa takes an interest in him and suggests that they study French together.


Resolution

Victor decides that he likes Mr. Bueller and that seventh grade is going to be a good year.




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Student Instructions

Create a visual plot diagram of "Seventh Grade".


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Separate the story into the 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.
  4. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.

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