What is a Story Map?

A story map, also known as a story web, is a graphic organizer that can be used in the areas of both reading and writing. As a reading tool, story maps can aid students in their description and organization of the elements of a story–the setting, main characters, minor characters, the problem, and the solution. In addition to these elements, a story map can also be used to sequence the events that occured in the story at the beginning, middle and end, which is also known as the story’s plot.

As a writing tool, students can use a story map to organize their ideas as part of the pre-writing process. This type of graphic organizer can be used when writing about a variety of  genres and topics.

The following story map templates can be used for the purpose of either reading or writing:

Story Map Graphic Organizer 1: Provides space for title, author, setting, main characters, minor characters, problem, and solution. In landscape form.

Story Map Graphic Organizer 2: Provides space for title, author, setting, main characters, minor characters, problem, and solution. In portrait form.

Story Map Graphic Organizer 3: Provides space for title, author, setting, main characters, supporting characters, problem, and solution. In landscape form.

Story Map Graphic Organizer 4: Provides space for title, setting, and a description of what happened in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the story. In portrait form.

Story Map Graphic Organizer 5: Provides space for title, setting, and a description of what happened in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the story as well as space for a picture of each. In lanscape form.

Wh-Questions Story Map Graphic Organizer: Provides a space to answer wh-questions about a story read or a story that one is writing about. Questions include: when, where, what, why and how.