Climbing the Plot Mountain

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Climbing the Plot Mountain

  1. 1. CLIMBING THE PLOT MOUNTAIN…<br />
  2. 2. What is PLOT?<br />The arrangement of ideas and/or incidents that make up a story.<br />Focuses on structure of the story and the relationships between actions in the story. <br />
  3. 3. The parts of the plot mountain…<br />Climax<br />Rising Action<br />Falling Action <br />Exposition <br />Resolution <br />
  4. 4. EXPOSITION <br />The beginning of the story, when characters and setting are introduced. <br />Background to the story…vital for understanding of the rest of the story. <br />
  5. 5. RISING ACTION<br />Characters begin to struggle and run into challenging situations.<br />Characters must continually overcome problems. <br />CONFLICT(S) become obvious to reader. <br />
  6. 6. WHAT IS CONFLICT?<br />The struggle that the main character has with an opposing person or force. <br />May be internal, with another person, or with a force (such as nature, society, etc.) <br />
  7. 7. CLIMAX<br />The story reaches a critical turning point, and the conflict is addressed head-on. <br />Most exciting part of the story; suspense built by rising action comes to its highest point. <br />
  8. 8. FALLING ACTION<br />The tension eases and conflicts start to work themselves out. <br />Suspense eases, instead of builds, like in rising action. <br />
  9. 9. RESOLUTION <br />The end of the story when everything is worked out and the conflict is resolved. <br />You’ve made it over the mountain! <br />

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