Unit 4 Week 5
Created by Kristi Waltke
• A plot, or underlying story structure, is
found only in fiction.
• A plot begins when a character has a
problem or conflict.
• The problem builds up during the rising
action, is met directly at the climax, and
comes to an end, as the action winds
down, during the resolution.
In the beginning, you have a
problem or goal established. What is the
problem in Encyclopedia Brown and the
Case of the Slippery Salamander?
A salamander has
been stolen from the
aquarium, and Chief
Brown doesn’t know
who has taken it.
Next, there is rising action that
builds toward the climax. What is
the rising action in this story?
The chief said that only
three people had the
opportunity to steal Fred. It
was either Mrs. King, Sam
Maine, or Dr. O’Donnell.
Then the conflict or problem is
confronted. This is the climax
of a story. What is the climax of this
Encyclopedia Brown says that Sam
Maine is guilty because he lied. If
he had been working with
salamanders for 19 years, he would
have known salamanders are
amphibians, not lizards!
Finally you have an outcome
and the problem is resolved.
What was the outcome in this story?
Sam admitted to the crime.
Fred was returned to the
aquarium. Sam was fired!
Remember that good
Plot to predict and