The Watsons Go To Birmingham Summary

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 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 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.


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Plot Diagram - The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Exposition

The "Weird Watsons" are introduced. Byron, the juvenile delinquent, gets his lips stuck to the frozen mirror.


Conflict

Byron is constantly causing problems. Mr. and Mrs. Watson resolve to bring the family to Alabama.


Rising Action

The Watsons drive to Birmingham, Alabama and meet Grandma Sands. Byron's behavior improves, while Kenny becomes more mischievous.


Climax

The bombing at Joey's church leaves Kenny in shock; he sees what he thought was his sister's body buried under the rubble.


Falling Action

The Watsons return to Flint, Michigan. Kenny is traumatized by the church bombing and spends much of his time behind the couch.


Resolution

Byron and Kenny discuss what happened in Alabama. The brothers become closer as Byron consoles Kenny.



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Create a visual plot diagram of The Watsons Go to Birmingham.


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  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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