Understanding a story's plot is very important. Each piece needs to happen in a particular order for the story to make sense. In Wonder, readers must first be introduced to August and his disorder before we can understand why other children might want to make fun of him. We also need to learn about the way Daisy, Auggie's dog, treats him and how Auggie thinks she sees him, to understand his deep connection to her.
In this activity, students create their own plot diagram of Wonder including Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. Each part should be labeled and include text to explain what is happening in each cell.
An alternative plot diagram, as shown below in the example, has a shortened storyboard: Introduction, Climax, and Resolution. This shorter storyboard does not go into as much detail as a traditional plot diagram, but allows students to choose and focus on a defining moment for the climax.
August Pullman is a boy with physical abnormalities that have kept him home-schooled until now. Mrs. Pullman explains to Auggie that it is time for him to start going to a public school with other children.
Mr. Tushman congratulates Auggie to the sounds of a standing ovation. Auggie says everyone should get at least one in their lifetime.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
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Create a visual plot diagram of Wonder.
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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.
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.
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