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Elements of a Short Story


    7th Grade Language Arts
  Graves County Middle School

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Definition of a Short Story

Tells about a single event
or experience
Fictional (not true)
500 to 15,000 words in
length
I...
Elements of a Short Story
Setting
Characterization
Plot
Conflict
Climax
Resolution
Theme
Point of view
Short Story Vocabulary

Setting:Tells the
reader where and
when the story
takes place.
Short Story Vocabulary

Characterization:
Creation of imaginary
people who appear to be
real to the reader. The
writer giv...
Short Story Vocabulary

Plot: A series of
events through
which the writer
reveals what is
happening, to
whom, and why.
Short Story Vocabulary

Conflict: Is a
problem in the
story that needs
to be resolved.
Short Story Vocabulary

Climax: When the
action comes to its
highest point of
conflict.
Short Story Vocabulary

Resolution: The
story’s action
after the climax
until the end of
the story. The
“conclusion” of th...
Short Story Vocabulary

Theme: The
story’s main ideas.
The “message” the
writer intends to
communicate by
telling the stor...
Short Story Vocabulary

Point of view: The
position of the
narrator of the
story and what the
writer sees from
that vantag...
Elements of a Short Story
Setting
Characterization
Plot
Conflict
Climax
Resolution
Theme
Point of view
Great writers are able to use
the elements of the short story
with such precision that the
reader is caught up in the acti...
The Assignment

1. In the next lesson you will review the
   short story elements and learn to follow
   and map the seque...
Step-by-step Instructions

•   Begin Elements of a Short Story web quest, go to:
    www.suhsd.k12.ca.us/mvm/netlinks/1sho...
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  1. 1. Elements of a Short Story 7th Grade Language Arts Graves County Middle School Power Point Presentation created by: Selise Ridolfi
  2. 2. Definition of a Short Story Tells about a single event or experience Fictional (not true) 500 to 15,000 words in length It has a beginning, middle, and end Creates an impression on the reader
  3. 3. Elements of a Short Story Setting Characterization Plot Conflict Climax Resolution Theme Point of view
  4. 4. Short Story Vocabulary Setting:Tells the reader where and when the story takes place.
  5. 5. Short Story Vocabulary Characterization: Creation of imaginary people who appear to be real to the reader. The writer gives information about the characters in the story.
  6. 6. Short Story Vocabulary Plot: A series of events through which the writer reveals what is happening, to whom, and why.
  7. 7. Short Story Vocabulary Conflict: Is a problem in the story that needs to be resolved.
  8. 8. Short Story Vocabulary Climax: When the action comes to its highest point of conflict.
  9. 9. Short Story Vocabulary Resolution: The story’s action after the climax until the end of the story. The “conclusion” of the story.
  10. 10. Short Story Vocabulary Theme: The story’s main ideas. The “message” the writer intends to communicate by telling the story.
  11. 11. Short Story Vocabulary Point of view: The position of the narrator of the story and what the writer sees from that vantage point.
  12. 12. Elements of a Short Story Setting Characterization Plot Conflict Climax Resolution Theme Point of view
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. The Assignment 1. In the next lesson you will review the short story elements and learn to follow and map the sequence of events in a story. 2. You will learn to distinguish the various points of view from which a story may be told. 3. You will learn about all of the previously mentioned short story elements.
  15. 15. Step-by-step Instructions • Begin Elements of a Short Story web quest, go to: www.suhsd.k12.ca.us/mvm/netlinks/1shortstory/1shortstory.html • Follow the directions for each step before going onto the next step. • Complete the activities worksheets. • Complete open response question.
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