Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram Student Notes Plot Diagram 3 4 2 1 5 1. Exposition • This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. • Here the characters & setting are introduced. • We are introduced to the main conflict (main problem). 2. Rising Action • This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s) with complications. • Complications are events that test the characters. • A building of interest or suspense occurs. • Suspense is the growing feeling of excitement/anxiety in a story – makes you want to keep reading! 3. Climax • This is the turning point of the story – most exciting part of the story. • Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. • The main character will change in some way. 4. Falling Action • All loose ends of the plot are tied up. • All of the events that occur after the climax. 5. Resolution • The story comes to a reasonable ending. • Conflict is resolved. • Also called the denouement. Putting It All Together 1. Exposition Beginning of Story 2. Rising Action Middle of Story 3. Climax 4. Falling Action End of Story 5. Resolution Remember: The PLOT of a story moves like a roller coaster Rising Action/Excitement Climax of the story is at the most builds exciting point Falling Action Think about the story diagram as you read short stories. As you read: • What is the sequence (order) of events in the plot? • What does the exposition tell the reader at the start of the story? • What are the complications faced by characters during the rising action? • What happens during the falling action of the story? • What is the resolution at the end of the story? Story Elements: Flip Book You will need: • 5 sheets of colored paper – each one a different color • A stapler • Pencil/Pen • Your brain Let’s get started….follow me as I show you how to fold and staple your paper! Story Elements: Flip Book 1. First Flap: your name Title: Story Elements 6th Grade ELA Label each of the Story Elements Flaps like this…. This is what your 2nd Flap should look like: Story Elements: Flip Book 2. Flap 2: Plot Diagram Plot (definition) • Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Story Elements: Flip Book Make sure you write SMALL – there’s a lot to fit on each flap! Flap 3: Short story terms: • 1. Exposition/introduction – beginning part of story, sets up story, explains • Setting – when/where story takes place • Characters – people, animals, creatures, and sometimes things in a story Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 3: Short story terms: • Conflict – a characters struggle with opposing forces in a story • 2. Rising action – part of the story where complications are added – to test character • Suspense – a feeling of excitement/anxiety in a story • Complications – events that test characters in a story Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 3: Short story terms: • 3. Climax – the most exciting part of the story • 4. Falling action – events that occur after the climax • 5. Resolution/dénouement - final part of a story where conflict is resolved This is what your 3rd Flap should look like: Story Elements: Flip Book • Flap 4: Point of View/Theme: • Tone – author’s attitude towards subject • Mood – how the author makes the reader feel • Narrator – one telling the story • Point of view – perspective from which a story is told • First person – narrator tells story (part of story); uses pronouns - I, me,we Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 4: Point of View/Theme • Third Person (limited)-narrator is on outside of story – uses they, he, she, it, etc..; observing • Third Person (omniscient) – narrator sees all – even into characters’ minds – all knowing/God like A little trick to remember Point of View… Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 4: Point of View/Theme • Foreshadowing – technique of hinting about what will eventually happen in story • Flashback – a interruption in the order of events in a story; usually for info; memories – not events • Theme –the message of a story; usually a life lesson Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 5: Characters / Conflict: • Protagonist – the main character (hero) • Antagonist – one who opposes the main character (anti-hero) • Characterization – technique used by an author to create characters for the reader • Static character – a character that stays the same during a story Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 5: Characters / Conflict: • Flat character – a character that is one sided; usually a stereotype • Dynamic character – a character that changes during a story • Round character – a well-developed character with many faults and virtues • Internal conflict – when a character struggles with forces inside himself/herself Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 5: Characters / Conflict: External Conflict - when a character struggles with an outside force (another person, society, weather, natural events, etc…) Types of conflict – • Man vs. Man (Man vs. Society) (External) • Man vs. Nature (External) • Man vs. Self (Internal) Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 6: Genres/Symbols: • Genre – term used to identify different types of literature • Biography – a story written about a person’s life • Autobiography – a story about a person’s life which is written by that person • Fantasy – a type of fiction that is highly imaginative and could not happen Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 6: Genres/Symbols • Science fiction – fiction that takes place in the future or in another galaxy/universe • Historical fiction - fiction that takes place in a factual historic setting; realistic for time • Realistic fiction – fiction that takes place in a realistic setting and could actually happen in the modern world Story Elements: Flip Book Flap 6: Genres/Symbols • Symbol – a person, place, thing that represents something other than itself – usually an idea • Examples: love peace Story Elements: Flip Book • Now, you should have 4 flaps left – save them for later • Label them Story 1, Story 2, Story 3, & Story 4 • Your flip book will come in handy during your next quiz! Finally, your Flip Book should look like this: Story #1: The Dog of Pompeii • Author: Louis Untermeyer • Genre: Historical Fiction Story #1: The Dog of Pompeii • Setting: Pompeii, 79 AD • Characters: – Tito – young, blind homeless boy; depends on Bimbo for survival – Bimbo – Tito’s dog; feeds Tito everyday – Other residents of the city Story #1: The Dog of Pompeii • Point of View:? • Conflict: ? • Theme: ? • Mood:? Story #1: The Dog of Pompeii Label the Plot Diagram: Finally, your Story #1: Flap should look like this: Now, complete the same process for the next 3 stories!
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