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Activity Overview


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 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Plot Diagram

Exposition

Huck is an orphan living with Miss Watson. He is extremely bored and cannot stand to be there. Suddenly, Pap shows up and wants Huck and his fortune.


Conflict

Huck is forced to live like a prisoner with his drunk Pap. He fakes his death to escape. After that, Huck is left to survive on his own.


Rising Action

Huck fakes his own death and escapes down the river where he finds Jim, an escaped slave. They become a team and move down the river to bring Jim to freedom. Huck and Jim rescue two rapscallions, the King and the Duke. Huck is disgusted by their stealthy actions and determined to find a way to escape from them. The King and the Duke secretly sell Jim to Tom Sawyer’s Aunt and Uncle. Tom and Huck spend weeks working together on an elaborate plan to free Jim.


Climax

Tom and Huck follow through with the plan, they are shot at as they run away. Tom gets injured, and Huck finds a doctor to help them.


Falling Action

Tom wakes up at home and proudly reveals all of the details of the great adventure of Jim’s escape. He is disappointed when he hears that Jim was recaptured.


Resolution

Huck learns that Jim is already a free man and his Pap has died. Tom’s mother, Aunt Polly, agrees to adopt Huck and will civilize him.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative Arcs

Common 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


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a visual plot diagram of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, 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.



Rubric

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



Plot Diagram Rubric for Middle School
Create a plot diagram for the story using Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Plot Images
Cells include images that convey events in the corresponding stage of the plot. The images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include one or two images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Most images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include three or more images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Images depict minor and inimportant moments or do not reflect the descriptions below them.
Plot Text
The storyboard correctly identifies all six stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells correctly breaks down the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot and includes the most significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies one or two stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells breaks down most of the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot, but may omit some significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies three or more stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells does not correspond to the events of that stage. Overall plot description is not logical.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is exemplary. Text contains few or no mistakes.
Text contains some significant errors in spelling or grammar.
Text contains many errors in spelling or grammar.




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