Why Reading Is Dangerous.

Sometimes you need a little light reading in your life – something just for fun. Today, we have a just-for-fun comic by the awesome artist Grant Snider. Your students might appreciate the bit about how reading is dangerous in many ways, but we think the story coaster below is an excellent visualization of the different parts of a plot and storytelling.

Personally, I think it is a huge upgrade from the typical flat line – spike – flat line visual that I knew from my high school days.

It touches on all of the elements of plot in a fun way that will be easy for your students to understand. Don’t forget to share this awesome graphic with your colleagues!

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    November 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Just curious! What’s the rationale of leaving out the principal characters and their individual roles, their habits, and their meaningful relationships with each other, in the story coaster?

    • cheri

      November 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

      I believe it’s mainly a take on the old plot mountain. Characterization isn’t included when you are simply talking about plot structure.

  2. nancywimbush

    November 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Reminds me of a great picture book “The Incredible Book Eating Boy” Think it’s Oliver Jeffers out of the UK. Kids will love it and adult learners too!Thnx:)