54 Story Trails
Level of Difﬁculty: Medium-Hard
Students will develop the following reading strategies for this kind of graphic organizer:
Making personal connectionsUsing prior knowledgePredictingVisualizingMaking inferences
This graphic organizer offers a structure for students to use to put events from a story or the stages of anhistorical event into chronological order. Understanding of the key events facilitates greater exploration intothe structure of the story.Are the events related by cause and effect, do they connect as situation-problem-solution, or is the storysimply one of beginning-middle-end? Recording the text and visual images of the key events also enhancesstudents’ comprehension.
Name __________________________Date __________________________
Roger Roosevel3/27/12HarryPoter meesHagrid whoells him he’sa wizard.Harry gesa wand aDiagon Alley.Harry issored inoGryﬃndor andbefriends Ron andHermione.The roll isdefeaed and hehree friends aresuspicious of Snape.Harry winshe Quiddichmach.The Sorcerer’sSone is desroyed.
When you ﬁrst introduce students to StoryTrails and History Maps (Graphic Organizer55), select the key events, arrange them inchronological order, and instruct the studentsto reexamine these events for speciﬁc detailsthat can be illustrated.
120 The Elementary Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers