A plot diagram helps students keep track of the narrative arc and important moments in a novel. In this activity, students will create a visual plot diagram of Lily's Crossing. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Title, Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Exposition: Lily, her dad, and her grandmother live in Queens. Every summer they go to Rockaway Beach for vacation.
Rising Action: Lily’s best friend Margaret moves to Michigan, and her dad gets stationed in Europe.
Climax: Lily meets Albert. She tells Albert that they can swim to the nearby war ships and go to Europe to find his sister, Ruth, and her father.
Falling Action: Lily finds Albert trying to swim by himself to the ships, and is drowning.
Resolution: Lily saves his life and learns how horrible lying is. In time, Lily’s father returns, and Lily is reunited with Albert and Ruth.
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Objective: Create a visual plot diagram of Lily’s Crossing.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
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| Emerging |
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Cells include images that convey events in the corresponding stage of the plot. The images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include one or two images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Most images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include three or more images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Images depict minor and inimportant moments or do not reflect the descriptions below them.
The storyboard correctly identifies all six stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells correctly breaks down the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot and includes the most significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies one or two stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells breaks down most of the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot, but may omit some significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies three or more stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells does not correspond to the events of that stage. Overall plot description is not logical.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is exemplary. Text contains few or no mistakes.
Text contains some significant errors in spelling or grammar.
Text contains many errors in spelling or grammar.