Lesson Plan Title : Finding the Climax of the Story

Age Range: Grade 6 through Grade 8 (Middle School Level)

Overview and Purpose : In this activity, students chart the progression of a story as it builds to a climax. They then create a chart showing how the different scenes led up to the climax.

Objective: The student will be able to create a graph that shows the progression of events leading up to the climax of a book.


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As your students are reading their books have them write a short summary about the scenes that they think are important to the story. When they are finished, have them go through the summaries and choose which one is the climax of the book. They can then create a chart showing which scenes led up to the climax of the story.


Encourage students to be creative when they are creating their charts. Each student can present his chart to the class, or if the students all did the same book, you can display their work in the room.