If you are reaching this post without seeing the previous basic plot patterns posts, you might wish to start at the beginning. Be sure to download the handout in the Introduction post as it contains links to all the posts in this series.
Christopher Booker outlined seven basic plots. You will find a post for each plot. Each post contains a handout. This handout includes a foldable graphic organizer going over the basic plot pattern. Examples and outlines help students better understand the plot. Students ‘dig deeper’ with discussion questions. After students explore each plot individually, this activity contains a fun way to practice.
Basic Plot Patterns Activity
The handout contains seven pockets, one for each plot. Glue and assemble the pockets onto a file folder. Print the twenty-eight summaries on cards. Print out the cards. Laminate them for repeated use. Cut the cards apart.
Students read a book and movie summary. Next, they decide which of Booker’s seven plots the summary best fits. Students sort the summaries into pockets based on the plot. Finally, students record their answers on a chart.
This activity is great for individual morning review, centers, or small group activity.