Creating a plot diagram not only helps students learn the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and helps 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 Tuck Everlasting. Students should identify major turning points in the novel such as the Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Exposition: Winnie is a ten-year-old girl living in the rural town of Treegap. She is not allowed to do much of anything, and has no siblings to play with. One day, when she ventures out into the woods, she meets a family who says that they will live forever. Winnie’s life changes in wonderful ways when the Tuck family becomes a part of it.
Rising Action: Winnie meets Jesse in the woods and he doesn’t allow her to drink water from the spring. He tells her that it makes people live forever. Jesse’s family takes Winnie to their home and tells her how important it is that no one finds out about the spring.
Climax: The man in the yellow suit purchases the woods from Winnie’s family, follows them to the Tucks’ house, and says that he is going to sell the water to make a fortune. Mae hits him on the head with the end of a shotgun and he dies.
Falling Action: Mae is arrested and will be hanged as a punishment for killing a man. The family knows that she will not die and makes a plan to sneak her out of her jail cell. Winnie offers to help.
Resolution: The plan works and the Tuck family runs away. Many years later, Angus and Mae return to Treegap and find Winnie’s grave. She lived a long life and became a wife and a mother. Angus is happy to see that she chose life and death instead of immortality.
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Objective: Create a visual plot diagram of Tuck Everlasting.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
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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.