Every story has a beginning, middle and an end.1. Setting/Characters: (first paragraph(s))This is where you describe where and when thestory takes place – introduce the maincharacter(s)Meet the characters and discover the setting.2. Problem/Complication (middle paragraph(s)This is where you describe what happens tocreate the problem for the main character(s).There is a problem or complication, for example:Someone is injured, threatened, kidnapped, etc.Something is damaged, stolen, needs protection.Someone has an emotional problem or a problemwith relationships. The tension rises and the
action increases each time the main character tries tosolve the problem.3. Climax/Turning Point final paragraph(s)This is where you describe what happens to solve, or tostart solving the problem. This is a turning point wheresomething finally solves the problem or starts to solve theproblem.4. Resolution/Sorting outThis is where you explain how things turn out for thecharacters at the end. We find out what happens toeverybody. Sometimes things are changed for ever andsometimes life carries on just as it was before
Story structure: All good stories have a beginning, amiddle and an end.1. Main character: every story starts with a main character. It can be an animal, a person, or a thing.Who is your main character?What does he, she or it like/dislike?What is your character’s personality?What does your character look like?Draw the picture of your character.2. Setting: Where does your story takes place? – in space, in China, in your back yard, or somewhere from your imagination?
When does the story take place: in the past, thepresent or in the future?Has the setting helped develop the main character’spersonality?How does the setting help your main character’sproblem?3. The Problem: What is the difficulty/hardship yourcharacter must fight and overcome? When you giveyour main character a problem to solve, your storycomes alive. Be sure to make it a big enough problem.4. Rising Action (tension): Use conflict in your story.Conflict means someone or something tries to stopyour character (the hero of the story) from solving theproblem. For example your character needs tocomplete a science project, but his cousin comes as a
as a visitor or there is a tragedy he is having withhis girlfriend, he has an enemy from another classwho wants to steal his project plan. To keep thestory interesting, the more times your hero triesand fails, the better it is for the reader to getinterested in your story.What is your main character’s problem?Is the problem big enough so that it will take awhole story to solve it?Do other characters help create the problem?Does the setting influence the problem?What steps does your hero take to try and fail tosolve the problem?What does the main character do against thenegative forces?
Resolution (Conclusion): How does the maincharacter finally solve the problem? The story musthave a satisfying ending. The best ending is when thehero is about to give up but solves the problem at thelast minute before a great disaster (tragedy) hits thestory. The main character’s solving the problem givesthe reader a relief (relaxation) after a long reading ofconflicting action going on and on which causestension.It is best if the story’s hero solves the problem on hisor her own or he/she sometimes takes help from oneor two of the other characters in the story.Digital Story web page -http://www.pinkydinkydoo.com/storybox.html