Plot Diagram | A Christmas Carol Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative Arcs
A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. 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 work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the book in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Example A Christmas Carol Plot Diagram
Scrooge bah-humbugs Christmas, refusing to give to charity, and generally being a miserable miser.
The ghost of Scrooge’s late partner, Joseph Marley, warns Scrooge that he will be visited by three spirits.
Scrooge visits with the Ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Present, who show Scrooge the joys of the Christmas season, and how he is missing out on life.
Scrooge is shown his own grave, and the grave of Tiny Tim, by the Ghost of Christmas Future.
Scrooge attempts to set right his miserly ways with generosity and repentance for his bah-humbugging.
Scrooge sits down to Christmas dinner at his nephew’s, and he lived happily the rest of his days with Christmas in his heart.
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Create a visual plot diagram of A Christmas Carol.
- Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
- Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
- Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
- Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.
- Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.
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