Story mapping is a strategy that uses graphic organizers to help students break down the text of a novel or short story. These visual representations help students examine different components of the story. Creating a story map improves students’ comprehension because they can more easily visualize the framework of a story.
Creating a story map helps students practice a large number of Common Core skills as well.
|Theme and Summarizing:||RL.4.2||RL.5.2||RL.6.2|
|Characters, Setting, and Plot:||RL.4.3||RL.5.3||RL.6.3|
|Meaning and Tone:||RL.6.4|
|Point of View:||RL.4.6||RL.5.6||RL.6.6|
Types of Story Maps
There are many different types of story maps that can benefit different levels of learning. A beginning story map may have students summarize the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Other maps require students to list key components of a story such as
- major events
More advanced story maps ask for additional details such as theme, author’s purpose, point of view, tone, and mood. Story maps may even ask students to compare similar aspects of two different stories. The range of story maps is endless.
Google Slides Story Map
This free story map was created on Google Slides. Students use one novel they have read to describe characters, setting, point of view, story plot, symbolism, conflict, theme, symbolism, and important quotes.
Be sure to save the Google Slides to your Google Drive. After the slide presentation is saved in your Google Drive you can edit it to meet your teaching style and the needs of your students. Change the instructions with the editable text. Delete slides for skills you have not covered. You can even add additional slides as needed.
Printable Story Map
This mini-book may be used to map any novel. Students fill in story elements including characters, setting, point of view, mood, story plot, symbolism, conflict, theme, and important quotes.
Story Elements Google Slide Presentation
This presentation began as a PowerPoint that I used yearly with my students. I showed small segments of the presentation depending on the skill I was covering for the day’s lesson.
Slides 1-19 go over character traits and provide practice. You can easily change out the examples on the practice slides to novels you have covered.
Slides 20-24 introduce setting.
Point of View
Slides 25-47 contain teaching and practice slides for point of view. I often covered this skill with the novel Hatchet. Because of this, the examples that students classify by point of view are excerpts from Gary Paulsen’s novels. Students identify the type of figurative language from the snippet provided, so you can change these examples if you wish, but it is not necessary.
Types of Conflict
Slides 48-53 explain types of conflict. On Slides 54-72, students use response cards to ‘show’ the type of conflict in the examples. Have students make their own response cards by writing the types of conflict in large bold letters on separate index cards. To show the correct answer, students hold up the card that corresponds with the answer when you say, “Show me.”
Roller Coaster Plot Diagram
Slides 73-78 define the steps in the Roller Coast Plot Diagram.
The presentation ends with three slides going over themes with examples from novels my students have read. You will most likely need to change the examples.