The following collection of worksheets will help your students learn the rules for story structure.

The structure of a story is also known as its plot, and every story shares a basic arrangement of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. These activity sheets will teach your students how to map out a story's structure. Activities include using checklists, flow charts, and guides to break a given story down into its individual components, as well as categorizing any story chosen by the student. Answer keys have been provided.

Instructors please take note: Many of the stories and worksheets cover multiple pages, so be sure that you have printed all of them.

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The Hero's Journey

The Hero's Journey is a drama that appears the form of a storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. It was identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell.

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The Hero's Journey Part 2

Includes Crossing the Thereshold: At the end of Act One, the hero leaves the ordinary world and goes on to face challenges in an unfamiliar word.

The Hero's Journey Page 3

Includes the Resurrection and Retirn with the Elixir: On the threshold of home, the hero is tested once again, experiencing higher and more complete death and rebirth. The conflicting polarities from the beginning of the story are now resolved.

Mapping Structure

A basic outline to work with includes all parts beginning to end.

Visualizing Stories

Use this checklist to determine the parts of the plot in the story you just read. Then fill in the organizer.

A Complete Explanation

Use the organizer on the following page to diagram the assigned story. Use the boxes to write brief descriptions of what happens at each part of the story.

The Climb

This follows the outline of the pattern of the story.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

A story is presented for students to read and practice outlining.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Part 2

This is the last of our tale.

Peter Rabbit's Outline

Summarize the text. List five key events from beginning to end. List some events that occur before the climax.

The THANKSGIVING of the Wazir

Another tale to work with from The Olive Fairy Book.

Part 2 of the Wazir

The tale continues.

Part 3 of the Wazir

The last of the tale of a wonderful holiday.

Wazir Story Map

Start with the Narrator's point of view. Was it in: 1ST PERSON, 2ND PERSON, 3RD PERSON LIMITED, 3RD PERSON OBJECTIVE, or 3RD PERSON OMNISCIENT?

The Billy Goat and the King

Another Tall Tale from The Olive Fairy Book.

The End of The Billy Goat and the King

Who knew a Billy Goat would take orders?

Solve That Billy Goat

Use this checklist to determine the parts of the plot in the story you just read. Then fill in the organizer.

The Clever Weaver

Andrew Lang you did it again.

The Clever Weaver Ending

This is a story of sacrifice and emotion.

The Weaver's Structure Map

Map the structure of the story.

The Steel Cane

Do all the stories start out with an old woman and her cottage?

The Cane Part 2

She's Started and finished at her cottage.

Steel Cane Map

Is there a FALLING ACTION to the story? If so, what is it? If not, why do you think the author ended the story after the climax?

The Story of Sir Rodney

Sir Rodney is not the best Horse Rider in the land.

Sir Rodney Continues On

We find ourselves in front of the King at a tournament.

The Sir Rodney Map

After reading the story we work to fill out the graphic organizer.

Beginning, Middle, End

What happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story? In the frame, draw a picture that shows what happens. Then, on lines, write what happens.

General Organizer

What is the central problem of the story?

General Organizer Part 2

Are there chapters that do not contain key events? What happens in those chapters to move the story along?

The Chapter After

Is there a chapter after the climax? If so, what happens in that chapter? If not, why do you think no further chapters are necessary?

The Language of Structure

Demonstrate your understanding of breaking down a story by defining the terms below.

A Story in 9 Sentences

Study the definitions of the 9 story parts below. Beneath each part, write a single sentence telling what happens at this part in your story.

Points Four Through Eight

New information is injected into the story, which once again requires the main character to change gears. This is the last point at which any new information gets injected into the story.

Sum It Up!

Now combine your 9 sentences and write a brief summary of your story. Use the back of the page if you need more room.

The Story Map

You should always have the end in mind before beginning to write a story, and creating a graphic story map can help you organize your ideas. Study the story map below. Then use the blank story map to plan out your own story.