Story Maps

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 11274

Pirates use maps to find buried treasure. What would you find with a story map? You would find treasure in being better able to understand what a story is about! Watch and learn how to use story maps!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Argh, Matey, X marks the spot!

Can you point to the "X" on the map and find the treasure? If you found a treasure box, what would you hope was inside?

This treasure map will help you find the treasure; what do you think a road map might help you find? Share your thoughts with your parent or teacher.

If you mentioned road maps would be helpful to find your way driving, you are correct.

A road map shows you how to get from point A to point B. In today's lesson, you are going to learn about story maps. Make a guess as to what a story map will help you find.

Story maps help you follow the main idea of a story. They help you identify the beginning, middle, and the end of the story. They can also include information about the characters (the people in the story), the setting (where the story takes place), the problem, and the solution (how the problem was made better).

Here is how one teacher teaches about story maps to her students; you can listen in on the Story map directions video below:


In the video, the teacher made a simple organizer to help her students see four elements; you will be working with a similar organizer.

Print two copies of the Story Map Graphic Organizer, found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. You will need one now, and two later in the lesson.

Look over one of the organizers with your parent or teacher.

  • How is the graphic organizer you printed similar to the one the teacher used in the video?
  • What is different?

You probably found out that both organizers include the characters, the setting, the problem, and the solution. Your organizer also includes a space for you to include the beginning, middle, and ending parts of the story.

Now, continue on to the Got It? section to practice making your own story map!

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