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 When You Trap a Tiger. Students should identify major turning points in the novel such as the Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Exposition: Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move to Washington to take care of their beloved halmoni. Lily learns of Halmoni’s past and the importance that storytelling plays in their Korean culture.
Rising Action: Lily comes face to face with the tiger, who claims Halmoni stole her stories by scooping them up from the stars and keeping them in jars. Lily makes a deal with the tiger: she will return the stories and Halmoni will be healed.
Climax: Halmoni becomes very ill and is rushed to the hospital. Lily calls upon the tiger, whom she originally thought was there to harm Halmoni, for help.
Falling Action: With her daughter and granddaughters by her side, Halmoni dies peacefully at the hospital. Lily was able to tell her one last story.
Resolution: The whole town gathers at the library to remember Halmoni and celebrate her life with a kosa. Lily and Sam are happy in their new town, and feel at peace for the first time in a long time.
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Objective: Create a visual plot diagram of When You Trap a Tiger.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards