is Story Mapping?
map is a visual depiction of the settings or the sequence of major
events and actions of story characters. This procedure enables students
to relate story events and to perceive structure in literary selections.
By sharing personal interpretations of stories through illustrations,
students increase their understanding and appreciation of selections.
Story maps can be used as frameworks for storytelling or retelling,
and as outlines for story writing.
is its purpose?
enhance students' interpretative abilities by enabling them to
visualize story characters, events and settings
increase students' comprehension of selections by organizing and
sequencing main story events
develop students' sense of story which will assist storytelling,
retelling and writing
increase students' awareness that story characters and events
can I do it?
story mapping as a collaborative activity.
this strategy using a story with an uncomplicated plot.
the selection to students.
students to visualize the characters, settings and events as they
and chart the main characters and story events.
the chart, focusing students' attention on the sequence of main
what happened first, next, and then . . . .
students agree upon the order of listed events, number these in
or groups could each illustrate one story event.
completed illustrations in sequence.
pattern or framework can be used for retelling the story.
can retell the story for their own enjoyment, to a partner, to
a small group or to the class.
illustrations can be displayed in a vertical or a horizontal sequence,
in a circular pattern or as a winding trail that traces the movements
of the characters.
students become familiar with this procedure, they can create
a sequence of illustrations that will provide an outline for storytelling
or for writing original stories.
can I adapt it?
a prewriting activity, students could sketch the beginning, middle
and concluding events as frameworks for their stories.
could use paper folded into six equal sections to illustrate and
outline a story in six parts. This framework could assist storytelling
or story writing.
may construct written maps or story graphs, or they may use combinations
of drawings and words to outline a story sequence.
tellings of stories could be recorded and students could create
accompanying illustrations in the format of wordless picture books.
maps may be used to organize story events for book
talks, puppetry or book making activities.
grammars also display the interrelatedness of story events, characters
& Evaluation Considerations
students' ability to identify main story characters and events.
students' ability to sequence story events.
maps reveal students' level of comprehension of story events and
among students' story maps illustrate their personal interpretations.