One of the first reading concepts I teach (or review) in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades is plot structure. So, I thought it was the perfect time to share some of my favorite resources to use when teaching plot structure.
First, click the posters above to grab this set of plot posters free from Google Drive. I snatched this mini-set for you from my HUGE Reading & ELA Poster Bundle.
2. Graphic Organizer/Notes
Next, you’ll need some fun and handy graphic organizers for taking notes and analyzing stories.
If you don’t already have it, click the thumbnail above to download this FREE quick and easy plot pyramid that includes guiding questions for each part of the plot pyramid.
A very sweet and thoughtful reader sent this next PDF to me after she altered it to help her students fill in the plot diagram. Thanks for sharing, Stacie! 🙂
Just have your students complete a “master copy” by copying all of the information in red. Then, glue it into their notebooks (or keep in a safe location!) and they can refer back to it all year to help them complete the many plot diagrams that you’ll no doubt have them doing over the course of the school year WITHOUT constantly asking you what to put where. It’s a progressive PDF so you can use it like a PowerPoint and each successive page or slide has one more section filled in until you get to the end.
Of course, if you know me AT ALL, you know I love to introduce, teach, and review literature concepts with pop culture and examples from the real world. You might also know that I’m a Disney NUT – waaaaay more than my kids are! Anyway, this little gem (it’s quite big, actually) is one of my very favorite freebie finds OF ALL TIME!
One of the hardest-working people I know, Jonathan from Created for Learning, has put together an absolute masterpiece of a resource to help us teach plot. We can use one lesson today, one tomorrow, one next week, one next month, a few later on in the year, and STILL have some left over! Forserious.
Check. This. Out.
This FREE pack on TpT includes TEN – yes, TEN – plot lessons for Pixar shorts!
Wait for it.
ANSWER KEYS INCLUDED! Yeah! We don’t even have to think really hard about the story before we teach it because the hard work is already done for us.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better.. it does! Each short has its own super-awesome-looking custom plot diagram template to really get you in the mood for learning about plot! Thanks, Jonathan!
I like the Canadian version, eh, because I teach inciting incident even though I’m not Canadian. Or you can simply look in the plain ole American file to find conflict instead.
Some of the shorts are available on Youtube, and you can also buy these from Amazon – find the links in the item description here.
And last but certainly not least, you’re going to need an easy way to assess what your students have learned. Click below to download two practices and two quizzes from my Practice & Assess Literature Grade 6. The practice is the same format as the test so I use it as a sort of study guide to prepare the students for what I’m about to grade them on. I’ve also got versions for 4th-5th grade and for 7th-8th grade.
And last but not least, here are some projects that I’m currently working on! The first two should be posted by the end of August (or VERY close to it) and the first social studies notebook will be out in September. Some of those covers are NOT final. 🙂