Story Plans and Maps



Story Plans (maps) serve as a graphic organizer used to summarize important information in a story. It is an easy way for students to demonstrate their level of comprehension of a story. It also introduces students to story elements.

When to use

this strategy:

To summarize reading material.

To explore story elements

To check for comprehension



Use a story plan to explore problem/solution of a story.

Use a story plan to identify story elements.

Use a story plan to identify main events.

Use a story plan to identify main characters and their traits.


What does

it look like?

Click here to see a template for a Story Plan.

How to use

this strategy:

Prior to reading, share the story plan with students. This establishes a purpose for reading. Students can use sticky notes or selective highlighting during reading to identify the components of the story plan. Once students finish reading, they can fill in the story plan and share with the class.