KS2 Story Writing – Scaffolds and Plot Types Resource Pack

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Support your KS2 pupils in the course of their story planning and writing, with this 13-page resource pack based around five of the seven basic plots originally suggested by Christopher Booker. Each plot is explained alongside a summary of a familiar story that fits the structure. After familiarising themselves with these texts, children can adapt and change the stories to create tales of their own.

The plot types covered are:

  • Overcoming the monster
  • Rags to riches
  • The quest
  • Voyage and return
  • Rebirth


NB - the two plot types not covered in detail are comedy and tragedy

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to plan their writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write, in order to learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.


  • Teacher notes
  • Overcoming the monster - story summary (Perseus)
  • Rags to riches - story summary (Cinderella)
  • The quest - story summary (King Solomon's Mines),Voyage and return - story summary (Gulliver's Travels
  • Rebirth - story summary (A Christmas Carol)
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