What's Your Problem? Graphic Organizer

Use this graphic organizer to determine the problem(s) in the story by looking closely at the story elements (setting, theme, characters).

Resource Information

Age Range
8 - 14
Grade Level
3rd - 8th
Literacy Standards
Anchor Standards for Reading: Key Ideas and Details: Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).


Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.