Graphic Organizers to Teach Narrative Elements

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    Characters

    • Characters are the people involved in a story. Have students fill out a graphic organizer for each of the main characters. Each of the following circles will lead to the next with an arrow: "Character," "Event in the story," "What the character says," and "What the character does." The circles labeled, "What the character says" and "What the character does" will have arrows that lead to the final circle labeled, "How character acts during this event." Have students fill out each circle in the graphic organizer based on how it is labeled. This worksheet shows students' characterization.

    Setting

    • The setting describes the place that the story takes place. Have students fill out a graphic organizer that is set up in three columns, based on setting. The first column is labeled, "Where does the story take place?" The second column is labeled, "When does the story take place?" The final column is labeled, "Changes in the setting during the story." Have students fill out the appropriate answers to each of these sections in the appropriate column, followed by bullet points of details.

    Mood

    • Moods are general feelings evoked by a story, often associated with an event. Assign students to complete a four-columned graphic organizer based on the mood of a story. Each column will be labeled with one of the following, "Event," "Mood," "Things that create mood" and "How the reader feels." Below each category, have students fill out the column accordingly based on the mood of the story.

    Problem

    • A problem in a story is any issue a character faces that causes trouble, or keeps him from achieving his "goal." Assign students to complete a graphic organizer based on the problems faced by a specific character. In the center of the worksheet is a circle labeled, "Problem of character." Below that, side-by-side, are two rectangles. One is labeled, "Options character can take" and the other, "What can happen if the character takes that option?" Students can fill in three or more coordinating options and results. Below that portion is a rectangle labeled, "What will happen next?" where students can make predictions. Have students fill out each labeled portion of the graphic organizers.

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