Story Elements



Reading Fiction
Types of Fiction
Novels
Involves a more complicated plot
A longer piece of work
Short Stories
Usually revolves around a single idea
Is short enough to be read in one setting
What are the Key Elements of a
            Story?
Characters
Main characters-people, animals or imaginary
creatures that take part in the story

Minor characters-the other ...
Characters
Setting
Time, location, and place in which the story
occurs
It can also include the customs and culture of
time
Setting ca...
Setting
Plot
Exposition- provides background for the story,
characters are introduced, setting is described
Rising Action-this is ...
Plot
Theme
The meaning, moral, or message about life
that the writer conveys to the reader
Usually not stated in the story but ...
Theme
Tone and Point of View
Who is telling the story? Is it a character, a narrator, or
other outsider?
1st Person- one of the ...
Tone and Point of View
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  1. 1. Story Elements Reading Fiction
  2. 2. Types of Fiction
  3. 3. Novels Involves a more complicated plot A longer piece of work
  4. 4. Short Stories Usually revolves around a single idea Is short enough to be read in one setting
  5. 5. What are the Key Elements of a Story?
  6. 6. Characters Main characters-people, animals or imaginary creatures that take part in the story Minor characters-the other less important characters, interact with the main characters Motives- the characters’ emotions, desires and needs that prompt action Traits- permanent qualities such as personality, looks, and how they react to situations
  7. 7. Characters
  8. 8. Setting Time, location, and place in which the story occurs It can also include the customs and culture of time Setting can play a role in the development of the story or character
  9. 9. Setting
  10. 10. Plot Exposition- provides background for the story, characters are introduced, setting is described Rising Action-this is when the plots “thickens” the central conflict begins to unfold Climax-the high point of the story with the greatest suspense, it can be a turning point Falling Action (resolution)- occurs after the climax and resolves the conflict in the story
  11. 11. Plot
  12. 12. Theme The meaning, moral, or message about life that the writer conveys to the reader Usually not stated in the story but are revealed in the title, important phrases, and character changes
  13. 13. Theme
  14. 14. Tone and Point of View Who is telling the story? Is it a character, a narrator, or other outsider? 1st Person- one of the characters is telling the story (I, me, my, mine) 3rd Person- a narrator tell the story (he, she, they, them) Limited- the narrator can only tell what is going on, cannot express thoughts in a character’s head Omniscient- the narrator knows everything
  15. 15. Tone and Point of View
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