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Story Structure Worksheets

Free story structure worksheets to help your students learn to identify narrative structure – (rising action, climax, falling action).

Story Structure Worksheet 1 – “The Breakaway” – Read this motivational story about an athlete who sustains an injury and has to find another way to succeed, and then analyze and identify structural elements of the story. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
The Breakaway RTF
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Ereading Worksheet | Online Reading Practice Test

Story Structure Worksheet 2 – “Pierce the Spaceman” – Read this awesome short story about a spaceman who saves his colony and identify story elements and structure. I use the included reading skill sheets with most of the stories in the text book also to perform ongoing skill checks. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
Pierce the Spaceman RTF
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Story Structure Worksheet 3 – “When Gertrude Grew Great” – Students read a motivational story and identify the story structure parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. This activity includes a skill sheet that tests students’ understanding of other reading skills as well.  If your students aren’t prepared to answer those questions, perhaps you can use this story with the story structure template below. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
“When Gertrude Grew Great” | RTF
“When Gertrude Grew Great” | PDF
“When Gertrude Grew Great” | Preview
“When Gertrude Grew Great” | Answers
“When Gertrude Grew Great” | Ereading Worksheet – Online Test

Story Structure Worksheet 4 – “The Phone Call” – A young man overcomes an internal problem created by negligent family member. Students read the story and then complete a reading skill sheet that includes an analysis of the narrative structure. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
“The Phone Call” | RTF
“The Phone Call” | PDF
“The Phone Call” | Preview
“The Phone Call” | Answers
“The Phone Call” | Ereading Worksheets – Online Test

Story Structure Worksheet 5 – “An Unexpected Chat” – A student learns about resisting peer pressure in this short story. Students read the story and complete an activity sheet covering story structure and other reading skills. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
Story Structure Worksheet 5 – “An Unexpected Chat” RTF
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Story Structure Worksheet 6 – “The Wallet” – A young girl is faced with a difficult decision when she finds a wallet that does not belong to her. After reading the short story, students complete an activity covering story structure and other reading skills. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
Story Structure Worksheet 6 – “The Wallet” RTF
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Story Structure Worksheet 7 – “The Way of the World” – A once successful salesman has difficulty adjusting to the modern ways of business. Students read the short story, analyze the structure of the story, and review reading skills. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
Story Structure Worksheet 7 – “The Way of the World” RTF
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Story Structure Worksheet Template – Use this worksheet with any applicable story that you and your students are reading to help guide them toward identifying structural elements.
Story Structure Worksheet Template RTF
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Common Core State Standards Related to Story Structure

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 – Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

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ELA Standards: Literature

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.5 – Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5 – Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.5 – Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.5 – Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.5 – Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5 – Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5 – Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5 – Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.5 – Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

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     /  October 22, 2012

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     /  October 13, 2012

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     /  October 8, 2012

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     /  September 26, 2012

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     /  August 29, 2012

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  10. What a great resource for teachers! Love it!!

  11. Mary Flowers

     /  August 1, 2012

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    6th Grade RLA

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     /  July 1, 2012

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  14. Shari

     /  June 21, 2012

    Thanks so much for your worksheets. I teach 4th/5th grade. With just some slight modification, these will be very useful in teaching my students about story structure. The best part is that your stories are very interesting. I know my students will enjoy them, and that will make my job a lot easier.

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     /  February 29, 2012

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    • I’m sorry, but I just have not designed the site in that way. These are materials that I created for my 7th and 8th grade students. Feel free to open the RTF files and modify the texts in any way to meet your child’s needs.

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     /  February 15, 2012

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  25. no answers?

    • Actually, if you click the links that say “View Answers” or “Answers,” you’ll get your answers. But remember that responses may vary on these activities, and there may be more than one correct response.

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     /  December 1, 2011

    Absolutley love the way you break down the concepts on your practices! Do you by chance have the answers to these story structure worksheets? Thanks so much for sharing the wealth you have created…:)

    • Mr. Morton

       /  December 1, 2011

      Not currently, but I’d love to get some here soon. Thanks for visiting.

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     /  October 23, 2011

    I teach second grade do you have something easier that I can use for story structures and text organization?

    • Mr. Morton

       /  October 30, 2011

      Sorry… I only have what I have. Much of it is probably not appropriate for second grade students. But, perhaps you can simplify the language and concepts. Download the RTF files and feel free to edit away. Thanks for visiting.

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       /  October 4, 2011

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     /  September 12, 2011

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     /  September 10, 2011

    Thank you for the wonderful worksheets! My students love the story ” When Gertrude Grew Great”

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     /  August 31, 2011

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     /  August 15, 2011

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  43. This is a very useful website. It is not easy to find short reading passages to use when teaching genre, narrative point of view and story structure. Thank you very much for making this available.

  44. Jeanne Caputo

     /  May 15, 2011

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  May 15, 2011

      No problem. I wrote that: Don Morton. Thanks for visiting.

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     /  April 9, 2011

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    • Mr. Morton

       /  April 12, 2011

      Thanks for visiting, Mrs. Coats. Your feedback is appreciated.

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       /  April 7, 2011

      Well thank you so much for saying so, Ms. Bengtson. I just made this site in December though, so you didn’t miss too much.

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     /  April 5, 2011


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