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The following is a shared PowerPoint easilyadapted and used for a language arts class.Many elements could be used as the basis of on-paper graphic organizers, topical assignments,and assessment.I have added the Examples pages and theYouTube video.
Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram Student Notes
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.
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).
EXAMPLES AND CLUES ExpositionAdjectives, descriptions“Who, What, Where, When, Why”?Is this a continuation of another story?What has happened previously?
2. Rising Action• This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.
EXAMPLES AND CLUES Rising ActionVerbs, activityHow do characters interact, affect eachother?Setting-how do events differ as itchanges?What are the problems presented?
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.
EXAMPLES AND CLUES ClimaxWho is (are) the central character(s)?What is the turning point?What are the results?How are the characters changed?
4. Falling Action• All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.
EXAMPLES AND CLUES Falling ActionWhat happens to_____?How is _______resolved?How will things/people/relationships bedifferent now?
5. Resolution• The story comes to a reasonable ending.
EXAMPLES AND CLUES ResolutionCritical, immediate problems have beensolved. Activity has settled into a “newnormal”.Relationships and hierarchies oftenassume a new order.
Putting It All Together1. Exposition Beginning of Story2. Rising Action Middle of Story3. Climax4. Falling Action End of Story5. Resolution
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