Writing workshop structure

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Writing workshop structure

  1. 1. Elements of a Short Story
  2. 2. Bellringer • What part of a story is most important? – – – – – Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution
  3. 3. PLOT A series of events through which the writer reveals what is happening, to whom, and why.
  4. 4. Start with a HOOK • Grab your reader’s interest by starting with a piece of dialogue or something shocking.
  5. 5. • Use a “hook” introduction to help readers jump into your story!
  6. 6. Possible Hooks • • • • • • • • Dialogue Action Something unexpected A contrast Character description Description of setting A question or an exclamation Humor
  7. 7. Important Elements Conflict: Is a problem in the story that needs to be resolved. Climax: When the action comes to its highest point of conflict. Resolution: The story’s action after the climax until the end of the story. The “conclusion” of the story.
  8. 8. So… • What plot elements should you emphasize in your story?
  9. 9. Short Story Vocabulary Theme: The story’s main ideas. The “message” the writer intends to communicate by telling the story. All parts should be contributing to your theme!
  10. 10. Short Story Vocabulary Point of view: The position of the narrator of the story and what the writer sees from that vantage point. Choose wisely!!
  11. 11. Elements of a Short Story Setting Characterization Plot Conflict Climax Resolution Theme Point of view
  12. 12. Your Turn! • Revise your draft to include a hook, and make sure your structure is in tact. • Remember, your story can only be 1 lined page! Be concise!
  13. 13. Closure • What is your hook?
  14. 14. Great writers are able to use the elements of the short story with such precision that the reader is caught up in the action of the story. This is a mark of a good story and our goal as a writer.
  15. 15. This powerpoint was kindly donated to www.worldofteaching.com http://www.worldofteaching.com is home to over a thousand powerpoints submitted by teachers. This is a completely free site and requires no registration. Please visit and I hope it will help in your teaching.

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