Identifying the
Elements of A
Plot Diagram
Student Notes
Plot Diagram
2
1
3
4
5
Plot (definition)
• Plot is the organized
pattern or sequence
of events that make
up a story. Every
plot is made up of a
s...
1. Exposition
• This usually occurs at the beginning of a short
story. Here the characters are introduced. We also
learn a...
2. Rising Action
• This part of the story begins to
develop the conflict(s). A building
of interest or suspense occurs.
3. Climax
• This is the turning point of the story.
Usually the main character comes face
to face with a conflict. The mai...
4. Falling Action
• All loose ends
of the plot are
tied up. The
conflict(s) and
climax are
taken care of.
5. Resolution
• The story
comes to a
reasonable
ending.
Putting It All Together
1. Exposition
2. Rising Action
3. Climax
4. Falling Action
5. Resolution
Beginning of
Story
Middle...
Putting It All Together
1. Exposition
2. Rising Action
3. Climax
4. Falling Action
5. Resolution
Beginning of
Story
Middle...
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Elements of a plot diagram

  1. 1. Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram Student Notes
  2. 2. Plot Diagram 2 1 3 4 5
  3. 3. Plot (definition) • Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another.
  4. 4. 1. Exposition • This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).
  5. 5. 2. Rising Action • This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.
  6. 6. 3. Climax • This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.
  7. 7. 4. Falling Action • All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.
  8. 8. 5. Resolution • The story comes to a reasonable ending.
  9. 9. Putting It All Together 1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story End of Story
  10. 10. Putting It All Together 1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story End of Story
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