The plot of a story means the events that happened in a story. Identifying and understanding the plot of a story can improve comprehension and help readers get the theme or central message of the story. Plot worksheets with the story mountain graphic organizer can be very helpful when teaching the plot in elementary schools.
Every year, I have so many charts hanging on the walls around my room, but the story mountain chart is always the most eye-catching one and my students love it, remember it, and use it. Therefore, I use it for mini-lessons, worksheets, reading logs, etc., and I differentiate it to support students at different levels in my class.
In this post, I am going to share with you how I use the story mountain graphic organizer, and how I differentiate the questions to make it accessible to all my students. I also have this freebie here for you to try. Just click here.
Plot Worksheets For Students Who Need More Support
There are three worksheets in this freebie that provide more support. The first one has the story mountain graphic organizer and five boxes of main events on top of it.
Students need to read the events, and then match the events to the elements in the story mountain graphic organizer.
Since it provides the events, it can greatly help students who don’t fully understand the story or who have difficulties identifying the main events of the story.
The second and third worksheets have 10 multiple-choice questions.
Before questions regarding the plot, there are several questions checking students’ comprehension of the story.
For each multiple-choice question, there are three choices. Students can find the correct answer by eliminating two answers. Thus, it provides great scaffolding.
Plot Worksheets For Students Who Need More Challenges
This worksheet is the most difficult one because it only provides the story mountain graphic organizer, and requires students to do read the story carefully, and identify and write the events by themselves.
Students need to have a thorough understanding of the story and strong summarizing skills to be able to do this.
Therefore, it’s challenging and it’s a perfect choice for early finishers or students who are above the grade level.
Plot Worksheets For the Rest
As for your middle group, you may ask them to work on this worksheet as it provides some sort of support by giving the students the main events in the story, but it also asks them to remember the order of the elements in a story mountain graphic organizer.
*The pink anchor chart in the picture is included in this product, not in the freebie.
Different Uses of the Worksheets
If you are going to teach a lesson about the plot, you may use these worksheets for students’ independent practice after your mini-lesson. The same for guided reading groups.
Need any ideas for homework? You may send these back home as homework. There is an answer key attached, so you can quickly check when students return them.
Besides, this can be an independent work packet if you give students the answer key and let them check by themselves or their parents.
One more way to use these worksheets is using them as assessments. After you teach the plot, give students enough practice, you may use all of the worksheets or just one of them as an assessment to see what students still need.
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