• In small groups students must act, mime or
present a famous scene from a movie or story.
If the other students are able to guess the
movie or the story, then they score the points.
Elements of a Story:
• Setting – The time and place a story takes place.
• Characters – the people, animals or creatures in a story.
• Plot – the series of events that make up a story.
• Conflict – a problem or struggle between two people, things or ideas.
• Climax – the exciting part
Details can describe:
Time of day
Time of year
Time in History
• The setting describes where
an when the story takes place.
• It helps build background and
create images in the mind.
• It helps set the tone or mood
of the story.
Using the Five Senses
• A good setting helps
the reader visualize
the places in the
• A good author
descriptions of the
setting using the
Take a Look…Which is better?
The waves crashed loudly against the shoreline. The
fog lifted lightly and the medieval castle came into
view. It was a beautiful site! The fog brushed my
face and I could smell the smoke from the fire in the
distance and taste the sea salt on my lips.
• On the next slide, there is a picture of a setting.
• In your own words, write a detailed description of the
setting in your picture. Include many adjectives and
don’t forget to include descriptions for each of the five
senses: see, hear, feel, smell, taste
• Extension: Draw your own setting and then write
The climax of the story is the
turning point of the story; the
moment when the ultimate
suspense reaches its peak. The
climax is the problem of the story.
The solution to the problem is the way the action is resolved.
For example, Katie often
resolves a conflict by finding a compromise for two fighting
characters or helping fix
any mistakes she made while switcherooed into someone else.
It is important that the
resolution fit the rest of the story in tone and creativity and
solve all parts of the conflict.