"Story maps or climax charts are old characters on the block of literary analysis, for good reason. Story maps visually present tension within a text and provide a fantastic, simple visual representation of rising conflict and the resolution there of. Creating a tangible depiction of the abstract concept of tension and conflict allows students to trace the rising / falling nature of the plot and naturally lead to critical reflection of the narrative."
I remember being asked to fill out story map.
I remember asking my students to create story maps.
I am not sure that I ever realized what story maps led "to a critical reflection of the narrative" as is stated in the quote above.
In order to correctly complete a story map, it does (or should) require one to stop and actually think about the story that is being read.
In my mind, speed reading and being able to call all the words without understanding most of what is being read (or even anything that has been read) does not qualify as reading. I notice that when I say "reading" I pause before I say the word, then say the word slowly, and pause at the end.
Below are a few great examples of story maps and more information about them:
- Instructional Strategies Online: Story Mapping Page (explanation, description, and examples)
- Character and Story Graphic Organizers
- Humanities and Digital Tools (explanation, videos, and examples)
- ReadWriteThink Story Mapping Projects
- Education Place Graphic Organizers