Teaching Plot Structure: 5 Types of Plot

Lesson on Types of Plot is part of a 3-part series on teaching plot structure to kids. Includes a free printable

In the last couple weeks, we’ve covered the 3 types of story and the elements of plot. To wrap up my series on teaching plot, let’s talk about the different types of plot that occur in stories.  If you research types of plot at all, it won’t take but a minute to see that the experts disagree on just how many they are.  3, 5, 7?  36?

I think  most of the 36 could be boiled down to one of 5-7 plot types, but it’s fun to look at plot with a more detailed mindset.  I’ve heard it said that nothing original has been written since Shakespeare (and since so many of our current books and movies are based either on his plays or on fairy tales, I’m not saying that’s wrong).

But everyone has a different voice and a different idea of how the plot type will unfold.  So even though it seems like there are a million plot lines out there, let’s take a look at how closely our favorite books fit into just a few different types of plot.
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Activities for Learning

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Activities for Learning has over 125 ideas for getting deeper into the novel by Elizabeth Geroge Speare and includes a free printable

Since it’s mid-September and I saw orange leaves today while I was out, what could be more fitting than a witchy story?

Halloween is coming, my friends, and the Lit Mama is all in.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is a beautiful story about friendship and staying true to oneself set in 1687 Connecticut.  When 16-year-old Kit is orphaned, she has to travel to America to live with relatives she’s never met.  Suspicious and unfriendly, the Puritan community in which she finds herself soon begin to whisper ‘witch.’  And when Kit finds a friend in Hannah Tupper, a widow known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, things become downright dangerous.

There are so many lessons to learn from this book.  And it’s incredibly absorbing.   Plus, autumn.  Did I say that already?

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Teaching Plot Structure: The Elements of Plot

Lesson on the elements of plot is part of a series on teaching plot structure to kids and includes a free printable

As we move through this series on plot structure, make sure your young students understand the reasons for learning it.

Knowing plot structure is essential for writing creatively, but it also helps with reading.  Understanding the elements of plot can help young readers make more sense of the stories they’re enjoying.

There are 3 basic approaches to story, and all of them follow the same arc.  Let’s take a look at the elements of that arc.
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Story Time: Uncle Rocky, Fireman-Sparky’s Rescue

Story Time: Rocky Hill, Fireman-Sparky's Rescue includes free printables and tutorials for dalmatian activities and crafts

Y’all, I’m having so much fun introducing you to James Burd Brewster’s wonderful Glad to Do It! Series.  This month, I’m featuring Uncle Rocky the Fireman again, only this time he’s looking for a firehouse dog.  And you know what that means…

Dalmatians!

I was already in love with this series, but now that I’ve gotten my hands on this one I’m feeling a little obsessed.  Sparky’s Rescue is not only super informative about dalmatians, it’s an homage to adopting pets who need good homes.  Every time I read one of Mr. Brewster’s books I am completely floored by how much information he can pack into a fun picture book.  These stories not only entertain, they teach.

That, my friends, is the stuff.  So let’s hop right to some fun activities that will help your kiddos learn even more.  Because yeah yeah.

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