Mapping & Planning a Story Extension Activity

Unleash your students’ creativity with our Mapping and Planning a Story extension activity packet! These activities spark imagination and allow learners to understand the structure of stories and other text types. Through visual aids and guides, students will learn about how a story is arranged in order to reveal information, create suspense, and bring the readers to resolution. This resource is excellent for supporting reading and literary analysis skills for all learners.

2, 3, 4
CCSS Standard
R.5, Reading: Literature or Informational Texts, W.2, W.3, Writing
NGLS Standard
R.5, Reading Literature or Informational Texts, W.2, W.3, Writing

Mapping & Planning a Story Extension Activity

These worksheets are designed to help 6th-grade students understand how to organize and plan a story by mapping events. This skill is crucial for storytelling and helps in developing structured narratives.

Story Mapping with "Henry's First Day Adventure"

The first part of the worksheet uses the story "Henry's First Day Adventure" as an example. Henry, a little boy, is nervous about his first day at a new school. His mother accompanies him, and he meets several friendly faces like Mr. Johnson the janitor, Mrs. Taylor the secretary, and Lily, a classmate who helps him navigate the school. He also meets other classmates and his kind teacher, Mrs. Anderson. Throughout the day, Henry learns about his new school and makes new friends, realizing that the school is an exciting place to explore. By the end of the day, he's eager to share his experiences with his mother and looks forward to more adventures at school.

Using this story, students are asked to map the events in terms of beginning, middle, and end. They also identify the setting and characters. This helps them understand the structure of a narrative, including exposition (introduction of characters and setting), rising action (challenges or problems), climax (turning point), falling action (events leading to resolution), and resolution (solution to the problems).

Planning an Original Story

In the second part, students are given the opportunity to apply their understanding by crafting their own story. They use a graphic organizer to brainstorm and outline the setting, characters, and the sequence of events (beginning, middle, and end) for their original narrative. This exercise encourages creativity and reinforces their understanding of story structure.

Overall, these worksheets are a practical and engaging way for students to learn about story mapping and planning. By analyzing an existing story and then creating their own, students can improve their storytelling skills, which are essential for both creative writing and understanding literature.