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Activity Overview


A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a novel. 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 novel 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.



"The Wedding Dance" Plot Diagram Example

Exposition

The setting is a mountain village of the Philippines where Awiyao has been remarried.


Conflict

Awiyao has left his wife Lumnay, whom he loved very much. However, she couldn’t give him a child. He has now married Madulimay in hopes to have a son, who will continue his legacy. This is something Awiyao expresses as important in his culture. However, Lumnay is upset because she loves Awiyao and doesn’t want this separation.


Rising Action

Outside, the villagers are dancing in celebration of the wedding. Awiyao leaves to try and comfort Lumnay. He offers her many items of the life that they built together. Lumnay refuses them and clings to Awiyao, wishing he would stay.


Climax

Awiyao finally leaves to re-join the wedding and Lumnay runs into the hills.


Falling Action

Lumnay sits on the side of the mountain overlooking the blazing fire and dancing women, thinking about how her life has changed. She has a sense of desperation, isolation, and worthlessness.


Resolution

The reader is left not knowing what will become of Lumnay.



Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a visual plot diagram of "The Wedding Dance".


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  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.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Rubric

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


Plot Diagram Rubric for Middle School
Create a plot diagram for the story using Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Plot Images
Cells include images that convey events in the corresponding stage of the plot. The images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include one or two images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Most images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include three or more images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Images depict minor and inimportant moments or do not reflect the descriptions below them.
Plot Text
The storyboard correctly identifies all six stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells correctly breaks down the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot and includes the most significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies one or two stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells breaks down most of the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot, but may omit some significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies three or more stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells does not correspond to the events of that stage. Overall plot description is not logical.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is exemplary. Text contains few or no mistakes.
Text contains some significant errors in spelling or grammar.
Text contains many errors in spelling or grammar.


How To Analyze the Main Conflict Present in “The Wedding Dance”

1

Introduce Literary Conflicts

Introduce the concept of literary conflicts to the students. Give simple textbook definitions and examples to help students get familiar with the concept. Once students have an idea of the concept, teachers can also explain different types of literary conflicts such as character vs character, or character vs society, and give examples of daily life.

2

Examine the Societal Conflict

Encourage the students to take a look at the story's central cultural struggle. Talk about how the community views marriage, having children, and divorcing. Examine the ways in which the tension between Awiyao and Lumnay is influenced by these expectations. Students can categorize this conflict as man vs society and discuss this topic further.

3

Consider Different Views

Urge the students to examine the narrative from several angles. If either Lumnay or Awiyao had chosen differently, how would the result have changed? In what ways are their decisions influenced by cultural norms? Students can also try to examine the situation from the perspectives of both characters and then share their own views regarding their decisions and future.

4

Discuss and Reflect

Ask students to consider the lessons about the intricacies of cultural customs, individual wants, and social expectations that they might learn from the tension in "The Wedding Dance." Encourage the students to share their own views regarding this conflict that has been existing in society for a very long time.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Wedding Dance Plot Diagram

How does the conflict of the story come to a close?

The conclusion, which concludes the story, ties up any loose ends and clarifies how the conflict will be resolved. In "The Wedding Dance," the conclusion depicts Lumnay's acceptance of her circumstances and her return to the village, signifying her adherence to social norms. However, the readers do not know what happens in the story afterwards and can come up with their own interpretations. Students can make extended endings for the story for instance, Lumnay dies as she thought she would or she uses the beads to start a new life.

What aspects of the love and sacrifice themes are explored in "The Wedding Dance" plot?

Through Lumnay's resolve to let go of Awiyao for his happiness, despite her own intense love for him, "The Wedding Dance" delves into issues of love and sacrifice. Her appreciation of the societal significance of having children led her to make this sacrifice. Both the characters have deep love and appreciation for each other but due to society’s expectations, they have to sacrifice their love.




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