Narrative vocab


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    1. 1. Narrative Vocabulary What do plot, characters and conflict create??
    2. 2. Answer: A Story <ul><li>Where: The setting - can be a time (date, time of day or season) and place where the actions take place. </li></ul><ul><li>A piece of writing will often have many settings - and each setting may set a mood/tone. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Who? <ul><li>Characters are the WHO in a story. </li></ul><ul><li>The characters can be people, animals or objects personified. </li></ul><ul><li>There are major and minor characters. </li></ul>
    4. 4. What? <ul><li>Plot is what happens, in chronological (time) order. </li></ul><ul><li>Key words here are exposition, rising and falling action, climax and resolution. </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is this about? <ul><li>Theme - The author’s message about the human condition or problems we all face. </li></ul><ul><li>These can include such issues as life, death, family, hope, coming of age, and growing old. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Mood - Atmosphere and Tone <ul><li>The overall feeling created by a piece. </li></ul><ul><li>Mood can be described in a few words such as scary, lonely, anxious or sad. </li></ul><ul><li>Details in the story need to support this judgment. </li></ul>
    7. 7. How? <ul><li>Dialogue - A conversation between two or more characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Monologue - Character talks to reader or to themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Internal monologue -Character is thinking to themselves. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Character Traits <ul><li>What type of person is this? </li></ul><ul><li>Character traits are revealed through actions, dialogue/monologue and by the author or narrator directly. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Motive <ul><li>WHY does a character do what he/she does in the story?? </li></ul><ul><li>Motives are often based on feelings or emotions or logical conclusions - but can also be impulse. </li></ul><ul><li>Every action in a story has a motive. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Conflict in a Narrative <ul><li>An opposition where it is obvious there are 2 sides. </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict occurs outside the control of the characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict is shown through the actions of the characters. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Plot Diagram <ul><ul><ul><li>A. Introduction or Exposition - setting, characters, main conflicts are introduced to the reader; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>B . Rising Action - characters are developed, the conflicts are increased and acted out in many ways, motives are introduced, things happen; generally, the major part of a novel or story. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>C. Climax - the &quot;high point&quot; of a story in which the major conflicts erupt in some kind of final showdown. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>D. Falling Action - what events immediately follow the climax; a kind of &quot;cleaning up.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E. Resolution - where everything ends; the reader may have some sense of &quot;closure&quot; or may be asked to think about what might come next. </li></ul></ul></ul>