Activity Overview

Creating a plot diagram not only helps students learn 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. In this activity, students will create a visual plot diagram of major events in The Wild Robot. Students should identify major turning points in the novel such as the Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.

The Wild Robot Plot Diagram Example

Exposition: A newly manufactured robot named Roz finds herself alone and stranded on an island. She learns to adapt to her new environment, becomes a mother figure, and makes friends with all of the animals around her, changing their lives for the better.

Rising Action: Roz finds an egg that hatches, and begins taking care of a baby gosling. When she turns to the geese for help, they help her to name him Brightbill. When winter comes, Brightbill flies south with the other geese, and Roz helps the other animals survive the cold.

Climax: When Brightbill returns, he tells Roz that he found the factory where she was manufactured. Soon after, the combat robots, or RECOS, arrive on an airship to find Roz and take her away.

Falling Action: All of the animals help keep Roz safe and prevent her from being taken. Together they are able to get rid of all of the combat robots, but Roz loses her limbs and is very hurt.

Resolution: Roz realizes that the RECOS will return and that she is putting all of her loved ones in danger. She tells the animals to help her get on the ship. She will return to the factory, get the necessary repairs, and return to them as soon as she can.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a visual plot diagram of The Wild Robot.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Separate the story into the Title, 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 using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each of the examples in the plot diagram.

Lesson Plan Reference

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/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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

Plot Diagram Rubric
Create a visual Plot Diagram that summarizes the story. The storyboard should have six cells: Title, Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. Below each cell, type in a description of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Cells include images that help to tell the story and do not get in the way of understanding. Descriptions match the images.
Descriptions do not always match the images.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
Each of the six cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
Two cells or fewer are out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or three or more cells are out of order.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is difficult to understand.

How to Incorporate Summaries Into the Curriculum


Read the Story Together

To incorporate the skill of summarizing into the curriculum, it is first helpful to read a story with your students so that you are all on the same page (pun intended). You can point out any difficult concepts or ideas as you go so they can further understand the story.


Summarize as a Class

Spend some time summarizing together, so that students understand the skill. They need to reduce the amount of information and put it in their own words in an easily understood explanation.


Create a Visual to Aid in Comprehension

A picture really does say a thousand words, and creating a diagram to explain the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution is an easy way for students to understand the plot more fully. Drawing out the plotline is a helpful visual, with the climax at the top.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Wild Robot Summary

What are the elements of the plot line?

The plot line of a story is the way a story is organized. The exposition explains the characters and setting, the rising action shows how things start happening in the story, and the climax is the turning point of the story. After that, the falling action starts to wrap up the action, and the resolution shows the main characters resolving their issues, whether happy or sad.

Why is it important for a student to understand the plot of the story?

The plot is the way the main action is organized. If a student doesn't understand the plot, then they don't understand what happens in the story and they would have a hard time understanding why the characters do what they do or the lessons the author was trying to offer.

What is considered to be the most important element of the plot?

Although all parts of the story are important, the climax is the turning point and considered the most important. After this moment, nothing else is ever the same for the characters.

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