Plot Structure for Special Education STORY ELEMENTS


Total Pages 153 plus 46 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Plot and plot structure are the focus of this 150 page plus 46 google slide unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs.


This unit has various activities to help students understand what makes a good plot. It reviews the main elements (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) in isolation and in common stories.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in the activities either through cut and paste worksheets or digitally through google slides.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on recognizing the various elements of plot structure and why they are important. This repetition encourages a deeper understanding of this concept.


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*****This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 46 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.


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Plot Structure Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 13 days of lesson plans
  • Color version of activities
  • Black and white version of activities
  • Finding the Main Idea book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Digital versions of activities


Plot Structure Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 11 Vocabulary cards with suggestions for group activities
  • Cut and paste review activities with the vocabulary (includes digital version)
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Labeling activities (includes digital version)
    • Includes labeling the elements on a plot diagram
    • Includes 4 common stories to label the plot structure
    • Answer key included
    • Links to YouTube videos are also included in case students need to review these common stories first


  • Matching activities finding the resolutions to common conflicts (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Close (fill in the blank) worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessment (includes digital version)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.