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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 helps students develop a 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 Welcome to Nowhere. Students should identify major turning points in the novel such as the Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.

Welcome to Nowhere Plot Diagram Example

Exposition: The story is about a twelve year old boy named Omar and his family, who live in the city of Bosra in Syria. Omar finds out that his father has been transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture in Daraa, and the entire family will be moving there to live with their grandmother. The following days are tough, as none of them wish to leave, but they must do so.

Rising Action: Omar and his family move to Daraa amidst rising tensions of war. They witness people getting shot, and militants search their house. They then move to the Omar's aunt's farm in the countryside in search of safety. Life on the farm seems tranquil at first, but soon the violence spreads to the area.

Climax: Omar and his family decide to escape. They travel to the border that leads to Jordan. As the try to cross over, shots are fired at them from behind. However, they manage to reach Jordan safely and are taken to refugee camps.

Falling Action: In the refugee camps, the family faces many difficulties. Their father finds out that Musa was a part of the activities he considered illicit, and he decides to leave Jordan to go back to Syria, in search of his son. The family later learns that father has died. Omar starts earning by selling batteries, and Eman and Faud go to school. Nadia suffers from a heart condition.

Resolution: The story ends with Omar and his family traveling to the UK to get Nadia treated. They are scared and unsure of what the future holds for them.



Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a visual plot diagram of Welcome to Nowhere.

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 and exit when you're finished.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of 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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