I am a story and book lover! Here are some story charts I have created for Level 1 students to use in our book review assignment. ( I am also adding some picture books that can be used with younger students.) My goal is to give them knowledge and understanding of story structure. Once they have a firm grasp of story structure, writing about literature is no longer a mystery or a terror.
All stories are composed of five basic elements: Characters, Setting, Conflict, Plot, and Theme. Even though CONFLICT, CHARACTERS, and SETTING are story elements in their own right, they also appear in the PLOT. See “Understanding the Story Charts” for an explanation of each of the elements.
The categories based on length are subjective. Also, a short novel might be more advanced or complex than some of the long novels, and vice versa.
Oh, a word of warning: these story charts are plot spoilers. 🙂 It’s best to read the book first and then study the story chart.