How do you commonly check your students'comprehension after they read or listen to or watch a story? I used to give tests either objective tests (multiple choice, true-false, matching, completion) or subjective tests (essay). My students seemed bored so I've recently started to figure out other types of instrument. Therefore, I browsed on the internet, and I found this.

This idea of using story map is not really new. You might have known way earlier than me. However, in this nice occasion, I want to share with you two story maps I have designed and also used in my classroom.

> What is a story map?

From several sources I have read, a story map is defined as one of graphic organizer
strategies that can help students to identify the elements of a story such as story characters, setting, plot, problems and solution.

> How to use story maps?
There are many ways to use story maps. It can be used in pre reading, while reading, or after reading.
I usually use story maps after reading and the activity is really simple. Here how I use the story maps:

1. Let the students watch/listen/read a story.
(If you want to play a story video, I have one good video from YouTube. You can see in this post)
2. Give the story maps as worksheet.
3. Ask them to work on the maps.
4. Discuss the worksheet they have done.
5. Add some follow up activities such as story telling, role play, inventing a new ending, and etc.

> My Story Maps
Here I include two story maps that I have designed and used in my classroom:

You can search more examples of story maps on the internet. You can just take and use it, or you can modify. You can even be inspired and create your own.

That's all about my story maps. Thank you for visiting. If you like the post, don't forget to comment and share it.
Happy teaching!

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