Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Story Arc

Grade Level: 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will examine a story to determine how the plot unfolds and how the characters change based on the plot.

Know Before You Start: Students need to understand the concept of plot and how fictional texts are written with a story arc. An example is provided, but you may want to supplement with additional visuals to demonstrate this concept. Students need a fictional text to read and evaluate for this lesson.


  • Have students look at the sample comic.
    • Discuss the development of plot in a story and its importance.
    • Share examples of common stories and have students identify the components of the plot.
    • Have students consider how the characters change in each of the stories based on the plot.


  • Provide a fictional text for students to read.
  • Have students discuss the plot and how the characters change based on the plot.
  • Ask students to create a  comic showing the story arc.
    • Panel 1: Caption Exposition. Introduce the main characters.
    • Panel 2: Caption Rising Action. Depict an important event related to the story's conflict.
    • Panel 3: Caption Climax. Depict the most exciting or tense part of the story, e.g., Luke fighting Darth Vader in Star Wars.
    • Panel 4: Caption Falling Action. Show how the conflict was resolved or how the characters changed during the story.


  • Display the completed comics in a gallery walk.
  • Discuss the plot diagrams. 


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide sentence starters as needed.

  • Preteach necessary vocabulary for ELL students.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Provide a variety of texts with a range of reading levels.

  • Allow students to sketch their ideas before creating their comic.

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

  • Additional examples of a plot diagram or story arc.

  • Fictional text material for students to read.

Suggested Story Starters: