The Writer's Den

UCLA's creative writing student group

Learning Plot with the WD



Anthony started us off on drawing this plot mountain on Harry Potter…Hristiana couldn’t take it anymore and finished with the second half. That’s a turban on Voldemort.

Happy end of the 9th week, people.


And in the morning class, one of our volunteers Cameron offers his account:

Volunteering today with the Writer’s Den at 8:00AM, we’re talking with 7th graders about plot structure and development. We’re talking about the traditional Plot Mountain and have drawn and labelled a diagram on the board. Because vocabulary words tied to a picture doesn’t make a great lesson, we begin dissecting the well-known tale of Little Red Riding Hood, connecting plot points within the story to those on our diagram. All is going smoothly until we begin discussing the Climax, during which Sophie says that the Wolf remarks “What big teeth you have!” Which of course is not his line. So, naturally, just piping in to not really interrupt the lesson, I say “no, that’s what she said…” Talking about Red Riding Hood, of course. I realized too late what I had done as everyone in the class looked at us. Silence for the first time since walking in the door. The other volunteers were looking at me. Sophie, under her breath, tells me to “keep it PG” before the kids erupt in laughter.Later as I am circling the room helping with the writing activity a kid asks me if “that’s what she said” can be a plot point for his story.

I said no.


Author: Richard S.

M.P.A. Candidate, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs | History buff, econ geek, policy wonk and aspiring author from Los Angeles. Follow me on Twitter @richard_cecil

2 thoughts on “Learning Plot with the WD

  1. “Keep it PG.” Rofl. Sophie Sophie.

    That’s my only comment. XD

  2. Pingback: Learning Plot with the WD, Part 2 « The Writer's Den

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