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.
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Create a visual plot diagram of Wonder.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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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.
Depending on your class, teachers can decide to chunk the story for students or to read through the entire story at once. The teacher can give hints to students as they move through the plot about which part of the narrative arc is being read.
Students can use bullet points to fill in the parts of the story, writing the setting and characters near the exposition, etc. As they work their way up the mountain to the climax, students may need scaffolding to identify the parts of the plot.
Help students to describe each moment of the plot to further cement their ideas. Using their own words to describe each part will internalize the lesson.
Students can use a plot diagram to help them make sense of the order of events in the story. This keeps each part of the action organized in a visual way, and helps students think more carefully and critically about it as they understand what is taking place.
The exposition of a story comes at the very beginning of the story and exposes the characters and the setting so the reader knows what the story is about.
The resolution of the story is when the story is resolved and things start to wrap up. Sometimes the main character lives happily ever after, sometimes sad ever after, and sometimes even dead ever after!