Printable Graphic Organizer: Plot Diagram

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The plot diagram is a graphic organizer that writers use to prepare an initial outline for any kind of story--short story, narrative essays, novellas, or novels. Writers use plot diagrams to plan out their stories because they can see the elements of the story work together to create the whole piece of writing. Plot diagrams help writers to keep stories moving forward and to make connections within the stories.


What is a graphic organizer?

A graphic organizer is a visual tool that writers use when planning a piece of writing. There are many styles of graphic organizers such as: outline, 5Ws, Venn diagram, 3 column notes, visual cluster, inverted triangle, KWL (know, want to know, learn), plot diagram, and there are many more.

Different graphic organizers tend to appeal to different writers. For example, some writers use only the traditional outline for all of their planning needs, while others will switch between organizers depending on the writing style.

How can writers use graphic organizers?

Writers use graphic organizers in the planning stage of the writing process, which is just after the brainstorming stage. Take the valuable information from the brainstorming and add it to the graphic organizer. This process allows writers to keep their important information which can be used in writing the first draft.

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