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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.
  5. Save often.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

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/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.

Rubric

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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
Design
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.
Plot
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.


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