• What are the Big Ideas here? (Can you tell yet?)
3. Mapping I: Places
• Draw a map of the most important places the main character goes through the story, and trace his or her movement.
• Next — maybe in another color? -- tell how the character feels at each place, and what he or she thinks.
• Next — maybe in another color? — tell what the character learns at each place.
• If you like, add other important characters to the map, or perhaps draw new maps for each important character.
4. Mapping II: Events
• Do the same mapping exercise, but this time make it a "time line" listing the important events of the story. (Again, map how the character feels at each place, and what he or she learns.)
5. Mapping III: Character (These can be applied to any important character)
• Make another map, or a timeline — or maybe just a list? — of the following things.
• What does the character, and perhaps other characters, desire?
• What gets in the way of attaining that desire? (In other words, what obstacle does the character meet?)
• What are the character’s main fears? Where do they appear? How are they described?
• Are any of the fears realized? (Do they actually happen?) How? How does the character react?
• What are the character’s main hopes? Where do they appear? How are they described?
• Do any of these hopes materialize? How? How does the character react?
• What does the character see or know that others do not?
• What does the main character not see or know that others do see or know?
6. Mapping IV: Themes
• Are there any important or unusual words or phrases, or objects or places, or feelings or ideas that occur more than once in the story? If so, these things are themes — things repeated several times. They mean to communicate important ideas.
• Make another map — or a list, if you like, or a timeline — and plot these themes in some way.
• Do these themes help you understand important places or events, fears or hopes?