I have them take notes in their Reading Notebooks first, then have them create their own story pyramids using their novels. It is expected that they combine the parts of the story with citations from the book. I also ask them to use images with each part of their pyramid. I give them a copy of this rubric:
|Story Pyramid Rubric|
Some of them turn out really wonderful. Here is one from Tuck Everlasting...
|Tuck Everlasting Story Pyramid|
|Devil's Arithmetic Story Pyramid 1|
|Devil's Arithmetic Story Pyramid 2|
|Devil's Arithmetic Story Pyramid 3|