Plot Diagram - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
- [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
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 story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Example The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Plot Diagram
Huck is an orphan living with Miss Watson. He is extremely bored and cannot stand to be there. Suddenly, Pap shows up and wants Huck and his fortune.
Huck is forced to live like a prisoner with his drunk Pap. He fakes his death to escape. After that, Huck is left to survive on his own.
Huck fakes his own death and escapes down the river where he finds Jim, an escaped slave. They become a team and move down the river to bring Jim to freedom. Huck and Jim rescue two rapscallions, the King and the Duke. Huck is disgusted by their stealthy actions and determined to find a way to escape from them. The King and the Duke secretly sell Jim to Tom Sawyer’s Aunt and Uncle. Tom and Huck spend weeks working together on an elaborate plan to free Jim.
Tom and Huck follow through with the plan, they are shot at as they run away. Tom gets injured, and Huck finds a doctor to help them.
Tom wakes up at home and proudly reveals all of the details of the great adventure of Jim’s escape. He is disappointed when he hears that Jim was recaptured.
Huck learns that Jim is already a free man and his Pap has died. Tom’s mother, Aunt Polly, agrees to adopt Huck and will civilize him.
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Create a visual plot diagram of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- 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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