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.

Short OR MEDIUM LENGTH NOVELS

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Story Chart FREE Download
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE Story Chart FREE Download
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE Story Chart FREE DOWNLOAD
WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND Story Chart FREE Download
The Door in the Wall Story Chart
The Big Wave Story Chart
Sarah Plain and Tall Story Chart
PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES Story Chart FREE Download
CHARLOTTE’S WEB Story Chart FREE Download
BLACK BEAUTY Story Chart FREE Download
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Story Chart FREE Download
STUART LITTLE Story Chart FREE Download

 

Short Non-Fiction

HARRIET TUBMAN Story Chart FREE Download
RED SCARF GIRL Story Chart FREE Download

 

Long Novels

WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Story Chart
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL Story Chart
SWEEP Story Chart FREE Download
TOM SAWYER Story Chart FREE Download
FAHRENHEIT 451 story chart FREE Download
HUCKLEBERRY FINN Story Chart FREE Download
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Story Chart FREE Download
JOHNNY TREMAIN Story Chart FREE Download
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Story Chart FREE Download
JANE EYRE Story Chart FREE Download
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Story Chart FREE Download
IVANHOE Story Chart FREE Download
The Hobbit Story Chart
The Yearling Story Chart

 

short stories

“Christmas Day in the Morning” Story Chart with Text
“The Little Mermaid” Story Chart with Text
“The Story of Joseph” Story Chart with Text

 

Picture Books Story Charts

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” Story Chart with Text

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