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Learn how to make a story map to improve your understanding of narrative-based texts like novels, short stories, and histories.
|0:00||Owl: Welcome to How to Make a Story Map, an instructional video on reading comprehension brought to you by the Excelsior University Online Writing Lab.|
|0:13||Have you ever read a story and forgotten or been confused about its major elements?|
|0:18||A good way to keep track of the major elements of a story is to construct a story map.|
|0:23||You can do this either during or after you read.|
|0:27||Story maps can help you identify the major elements of a story.|
|0:30||You can use one whether you’re describing a fictional story or a true story.|
|0:35||And a story map can help you remember this information later, when it comes time to write or study.|
|0:42||In this example, we’ll construct a story map for Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.”|
|0:48||First, write down the title and the author or authors of the story.|
|0:54||After that, list the characters, making a note of the main characters.|
|1:02||Describe the setting—the place and time of the story.|
|1:09||Next, list the main events in chronological order.|
|1:16||Then, describe the major conflict that drives the story and the resolution achieved at the end.|
|1:26||Finally, sum up the major themes addressed by the story.|
|1:32||The next time you read a story, whether fictional or real, remember to create a story map to help you remember key information.|
|1:39||You can download a story map template here.|
|1:46||Thanks for listening to this instructional video on How to Make a Story Map!|
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The following text was sampled in this video:
Chopin, Kate. “The Story of an Hour.” 1894.