The Plot Line
You can introduce the plot line by drawing a graph on the board:
- Write the title "Great Experiences" above the graph.
- To the left, draw a vertical y-axis and label it "Excitement," with "Awesome!" at the top of the line and "Blah . . ." at the bottom.
- Underneath, draw a horizontal x-axis and label it "Beginning . . . Middle . . . Ending".
- Have volunteers come up to the board, name a great experience they had, and graph their level of excitement at beginning, middle, and ending.
- After three or more students graph great experiences, have one or two students graph bad experiences.
Note how great experiences follow the plot line and bad experiences do not. That's why storytellers use the plot line. They want readers to have great experiences in their stories and novels.
Lead your student through the plot line. Read about each part, and have a volunteer read the example and lead a discussion about it. You can also provide them the Plot Line Sheet to use as they plot out their own stories.