My co-teaching partner in Reader's Workshop, Paula Patterson, created this wonderful plot tracker on bulletin board paper using illustrations from Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. We're teaching our second graders about the track of the plot and how the mood changes in a story. We used this book last week and read it several times for different purposes. It is such a good source for teaching about plot and mood. Now our students are thinking about rising action, climax, and falling action. I read Bootsie Barker Bites this morning and my class was able to find the high point of the story.