Plot • Activities
Students might focus on plot by doing any of the following activities.
- Plot Line Graph. Have the students make a numbered list of the plot events. Then give each event an excitement rating from 1 to 5 (or 1 to 10). The results can be graphed. An excitement rating for “Ohio Odyssey” might look something like the following example:
- Make a cartoon strip of the main events in a story.
- Paint or draw scenes that provide clues to a story’s plot.
- Create an illustrated picture map of a selection’s main events.
- Create a timeline of the events of a selection.
- Create a storyboard of the main events of a selection.
- Create a map showing where the main character went during the story.
- Create a PowerPoint presentation of main events. Other applications that create slideshows are Apple computer’s Keynote or the free Open Office presentation application.
- Create a slideshow on paper. Use strips of paper taped end to end to show main events
- After reading a selection, have the students explain why different events occur at different times during the story.
- Predict the next event (or next several events) that will take place following the author’s stopping point for the story.
Other Online Resources
“Plot Diagram,” an online interactive tool: http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/plot-diagram/
“The Story Man Game:” http://www.storytreeonline.com/StoryMan.html
“Elements of Fiction: Plot”
Plot Profile or Plot Line
Genre Study: The Short Story: Plot Line
Manning, MaryAnn. “Plot.” Teaching PreK-8. April 2001.
Dr. MaryAnn Manning is a professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Department of Curriculum and Instruction and a contributor to Teaching PreK-8 magazine.