What is a Story Web?

A story web, also known as a story map, is a graphic organizer that can be used in the areas of both reading and writing. As a reading tool, story webs 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 web 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 web 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.

Story webs vary in their appearance. Generally speaking, story webs mimic the appearance of a real web by using lines to connect the elements of the story together.

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

Lined Story Web Graphic Organizer--This story web offers lined areas for the story's title, setting, characters, problem, and solution. In landscape form.

Blank Story Web Graphic Organizer--This story web offers some flexibility by simply providing six blank areas. In landscape form.