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The Gift of the Magi Plot Diagram

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A common activity for students is to 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 to reinforce major events and help students develop greater understanding for literary structures.

Students can create a storyboard that captures the concept of the narrative arc in a story by creating a six-cell storyboard which contains 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.


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"The Gift of the Magi" Plot Diagram Example

Exposition

Della and Jim, a poor couple, struggle to buy Christmas gifts for each other.


Major Inciting Conflict

Della has only $1.87 to buy her husband a gift, which is not enough.


Rising Action

Della decides to sell her hair for money so she can purchase a gift worthy of Jim. She gets $20 and can afford a platinum chain for Jim's heirloom watch.


Climax

Della and Jim exchange gifts. Jim has sold his watch to buy Della a beautiful set of combs.


Falling Action

They decide to put their gifts away until they can both use them.


Resolution

Despite their errors, Della and Jim remain love one another, and learn a valuable lesson about sacrifice and love.



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Create a visual plot diagram of "The Gift of the Magi".


  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.

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