First EditionStoryElementsStacie LambertandChristineMcLaughlin
1Welcome! Today we will belearning about elements ofa story!Story Elements:Little Red Riding HoodBy Stacie Lambert and Christine McLaughlinWe are the authors of this e-book. We are pre-serviceelementary teachers. We created this e-book as a projectfor our class at Indiana University. In this e-book studentswill be learning the ten basic elements of a story. We areusing the story of Little Red Riding Hood so students canunderstand examples of each element of a story.
2VideosThese videos help us have a basic understandingfor the rest of the e-book. The ﬁrst video goesthrough a few of the basic elements of a story andthe second is the story of Little Red Riding Hood,which is used as an example throughout the rest ofthe e-book.Little Red Riding Hood VideoThis video goes through the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The rest of thise-book talks about all of the different elements of a story and uses Little RedRiding Hood as an example for each element.This video goes over the basic elements of a story tointroduce elements of a story before we dive into allten!Basic Elements of a Story
Deﬁnition:3Little Red Riding Hood goes throughthe woods to deliver her grandmothercookies.SettingThe setting is where a story takes place.
Deﬁnition:4On her way to grandma’s, Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolfwho asked her where she was going. She didn’t know that itwas dangerous to stay and talk to a wolf so she said to him, “Iam going to see my grandmother and carry her cookies frommy mother.” CharactersCharacters are the people who make up the story.
Deﬁnition:5"Does she live far off?" said the wolf"Oh I say," answered Little Red Riding Hood; "it is beyond thatmill you see there, at the ﬁrst house in the village.""Well," said the wolf, "and Ill go and see her too. Ill go this wayand go you that, and we shall see who will be there ﬁrst."The wolf ran as fast as he could, taking the shortest path, andthe little girl took a roundabout way, entertaining herself by gath-ering nuts, running after butterﬂies, and gathering bouquets oflittle ﬂowers. It was not long before the wolf arrived at the oldwomans house. He knocked at the door: tap, tap."Whos there?""Your grandchild, Little Red Riding Hood," replied the wolf, coun-terfeiting her voice; "who has brought you a cake and a little potof butter sent you by mother."Rising ActionThis is the part of the story where the main problem becomes clear.
Deﬁnition:6The good grandmother, who was in bed, because she was somewhat ill,cried out, "Pull the bobbin, and the latch will go up."The wolf pulled the bobbin, and the door opened, and then he immedi-ately fell upon the good woman and ate her up in a moment, for it beenmore than three days since he had eaten. He then shut the door and gotinto the grandmothers bed, expecting Little Red Riding Hood, who camesome time afterwards and knocked at the door: tap, tap."Whos there?"Little Red Riding Hood, hearing the big voice of the wolf, was at ﬁrstafraid; but believing her grandmother had a cold and was hoarse, an-swered, "It is your grandchild Little Red Riding Hood, who has broughtyou a cake and a little pot of butter mother sends you."The wolf cried out to her, softening his voice as much as he could, "Pullthe bobbin, and the latch will go up."Little Red Riding Hood pulled the bobbin, and the door opened.ClimaxThe most important point in the story.
Deﬁnition:7The wolf, seeing her come in, said to her, hiding himself under the bed-clothes, "Put the cake and the little pot of butter upon the stool, andcome get into bed with me."Little Red Riding Hood took off her clothes and got into bed. She wasgreatly amazed to see how her grandmother looked in her nightclothes,and said to her, "Grandmother, what big arms you have!""All the better to hug you with, my dear.""Grandmother, what big legs you have!""All the better to run with, my child.""Grandmother, what big ears you have!""All the better to hear with, my child.""Grandmother, what big eyes you have!""All the better to see with, my child.""Grandmother, what big teeth you have got!""All the better to eat you up with."Little Red Riding Hood realized that it was not her Grandmother and ranaway as fast as she could! She realized that it was so important not totalk to strangers and especially to not tell them where you are going.ResolutionThe ending of the story.
Deﬁnition:8There was a little girl named Little Red Riding Hood who went into thewoods to deliver cookies to her Grandmother. Along the way, she cameacross a wolf who asked her where she was going. The wolf went to hergrandmother’s house and ate her and hid in her bed waiting for the littlegirl. When Little Red Riding Hood got to her grandmother’s house, sherealized that it was the wolf acting like her grandmother and ran away.She realized that it was so important to not talk to strangers.PlotSummary of all the events in the story.
Deﬁnition:9The main problem of the story was when Little Red Riding Hood discov-ered the wolf in her grandmother’s bed.ConﬂictThe main problem of the story.
Deﬁnition:10The Wolf is the antagonist in the story because he wants to eat LittleRed Riding Hood.AntagonistThe character in the story who opposes the main character; the “bad”guy.
Deﬁnition:11Little Red Riding Hood is the leading character in the story.ProtagonistThe leading character in a story.
Deﬁnition:12The moral of the story is not to talk to strangers.ThemeMoral of the story.