This is a fun way to teach plot to students. This lesson plan engages them in writing and helps plan out what they are going to say. I believe when students are just beginning to write they need something to guide them. This is perfect guide for students.
Story maps help student pull the story apart and figure out what what it's all about. Some may think that this is unimportant to teach students in higher elementary grades but students still need to "learn to read" not only "read to learn" from kindergarten to middle school and beyond. This learning doesn't just stop once readers have a firm grasp on how to read.