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.
Milo is uninterested with both school and home life. He is in his room complaining about boredom, when he notices a package in the corner of the room.
Rhyme and Reason have been locked away because of the two dueling brothers, King Azaz and Mathemagician.
Milo experiences The Lands Beyond, and all of its mysterious and peculiar characters, laws, and discourse, including the boy who grows down instead of up.
Milo, Tock, and Humbug are chased by demons attempting to stop them from rescuing the princesses.
The princesses are rescued. Milo, Tock, and Humbug are congratulated by the kings and all of the people on their brave victory.
Milo finally realizes he could experience adventure in his life, even in his own bedroom.
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
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Create a visual plot diagram of The Phantom Tollbooth.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
| Proficient |
| Emerging |
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Design and Creative Elements
Creativity and imagery are used effectively (helps to tell the story). At least three Textables are included in plot diagram.
Creative elements (clipart) are somewhat distracting. At least two Textables throughout their plot diagram.
Creativity is minimally apparent, and the overall design shows a lack of effort. Clipart may be confusing and distract from the story. Student used one or fewer Textables.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling within the Textables is mostly correct (fewer than eight errors). Grammar does not hinder understanding.
Spelling within textables is somewhat correct (fewer than 10 errors). Grammar may hinder some understanding or make reading difficult.
Spelling is mostly incorrect (10 or more errors). Grammar severely hinders understanding.
There are three complete slides: one for beginning, one for the middle, and one for the end. Slides explain the work of prose and are easy to follow.
There are three cells, but one or two do not depict the correct element within the work of prose (e.g. the beginning is misplaced). Story is somewhat difficult to follow.
One or more cells is missing. Only one part of the plot is represented (e.g. only the beginning). Story is hard to follow.
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