Most stories follow the same basic structure. They start by introducing the characters, setting, and central conflict (exposition), contain events that build in scope (rising action) until the “big event” (climax), after which, various conflicts are dealt with (falling action) until the end, where the lessons are learned or all conflicts are dealt with (resolution). These worksheets will have your students mapping essential elements of children’s stories and fables to this pattern. Answer keys are provided.
Fun Project Idea: Have your students bring in their favorite books or stories and perform the same exercise, and present the result to the class.