Lesson Plan

Plot Diagram

Students will understand all of the elements of a plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement).
Jessica Y.
Classroom teacher
Burlingame Intermediate School
Burlingame, CA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will be able to identify all elements of a plot diagram. From a story, they will be able to pull apart each of the six stages (exposition, rising action, climax, problem, falling action, and denouement). From there, students will be able to independently practice creating their own plot diagrams. 

English Language Arts
Grades 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

1. Show introductory Youtube Kids clip on what is a plot diagram.


Student Instructions

1. Watch clip and pair-share one new fact they learned. 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

1. Using a picture book, read the story to the class. 

2. Discuss and break down the different parts of the story.

3. Chart the elements of the plot onto a large butcher paper.


Student Instructions

1. Using a different picture book, students will work in pairs to identify the elements of a plot.

2. Students will draw their own plot diagrams as independent practice on paper for their Book Report #1 books. 

3 Digital Storytelling

1. Introduce the StoryBoard That program.

2. Take students through the steps of creating one cell. 



Student Instructions

1. Using Storyboard That, students will create their own layouts that digitally show the elements of the plot for their book report. 

- Students should label each cell with a one sentence description. 


4 Alternate

Free, Paid

1. Alternatively, students can animate their elements of a plot using the Powtoons program.