These activity sheets will teach your students about the different components of story plots.

The literary term plot is used to sum up all the major events that take place throughout a story. This is often in the form of a major conflict or struggle between characters or their environment. The plot normal follows a sequence or pattern. Depending on the work the pattern may be predictable. Most highly esteemed works will have an unpredictable plot or at least a twist that was not easy for the reader to see coming. The plot normally ends in some form of resolution. Even stories that are carried over several works will form a resolution on sub-plots before ending a work. 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. Students will be required to pinpoint actions in very well-known works. We ask students to identify the exposition where a great deal of background information is shared. They will then identify the rising action where the main challenge is identified. The middle of the work will often result in a climax where tensions are their highest. As the resolution starts to take shape a falling action is able to be found. The story normally will end in a resolution to the conflict or challenge. Answer keys are provided as you might find them very helpful when grading. 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.

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Goldy Locks and the Three Bears

Below are the main components of Goldy Locks and the Three Bears. Place each component where it belongs on the Plot Diagram by placing its number in the circle.

The Plot of Gingerbread Man

Which is it? 1. The gingerbread man came to a river that he could not cross.   2. An old woman who lived in a cottage baked a gingerbread man. 3. The fox ate the gingerbread man.

The Plot of Henny Penny

Where do these fit into the scheme of the story? 1. Foxy Loxy told them that he would show them a shortcut to the king. 2. She ran to tell the king that the sky was falling. 3. She turned around and went back to her farmyard, never to give the king her message. 4. Henny Penny and all of her friends ran into Foxy Loxy who said he wanted to go with them.

The Little Red Hen

1. The little red hen ate the bread all by herself, enjoying every bite. 2. The little red hen did all the work while the other three lazed around all day and refused to help. 3. When the bread was done, the pig, the duck, and the cat all said that they were ready to eat it. 4. The pig, the duck, and the cat refused to help plant the corn.

The Three Little Pigs Plot

Place each component where it belongs on the Plot Diagram by placing its number in the circle. For example: 1. The first pig built his house of straw, and the big bad wolf came and blew it down. 2. The big bad wolf got mad about the pigs tricking him, so he decided to go down the chimney of the pigs' brick house and eat them for dinner. 3. The first pig went to live with the second pig, whose home was built of sticks, until the big bad wolf blew it down also.

The Plot of Little Red Riding Hood

1. Little Red Riding Hood met a wolf in the woods and told him that she was going to visit her grandmother. 2. Little Red Riding Hood arrived for her visit, not realizing that it was the wolf dressed as her grandmother. 3. A woodsman heard her scream, came to rescue her, and made the wolf spit out the grandmother.

The Plot of Rumpelstiltskin

1. Once she was Queen, she had a baby that the little man came to get. 2. A miller told the King that his daughter could spin straw into gold; therefore, the King asked that she be brought to the palace and show what she could do. 3. The little man told her that she had three days to guess his name, or the baby became his.

The Tortoise and the Hare- What's the Deal?

The Old Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

The Princess and the Pea Worksheet

1. When asked how she slept, she said that she felt something hard under her and was black and blue from it. 2. A prince wanted to marry a real princess, but was unable to find one. 3. The queen decided to test her and see if she was a real princess.

Cinderella- Needle In Haystack

A classic tale of finding a needle in a haystack.