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1 Plot Most stories have a plot with SIX parts… The sequence of events in a story ….like a road map of the storys events……..

2 1 Exposition Narrative Hook Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution or Dénouement 2 3 4 5 6

3 1. Exposition gives background information tells where the story takes place usually introduces the characters Example: Bob and Bo live in a small town near Austin during the 1950s. They grew up next door to one another and were once close friends.

4 introduction of the story problem or conflict may be later on in the book; not necessarily at the beginning of the story or novel… may be after rising action 2. Narrative Hook (inciting incident) Example: If someone is ALREADY angry, we, as readers, may find out why he/she first became angry later; even though other things at the beginning of the story add to the anger.

5 3. Rising Action a series of events or problems that lead the main characters to deal with a major conflict. There can be many rising actions in a short story or novel. reveals the problem(s) or conflict(s) of the story Example: As adults, Bob and Bo own the two auto repair shops in town and are now fierce rivals. Bob spreads a rumor that Bo is cheating his customers. In retaliation, Bo paints his shops name over Bobs new advertising signs.

6 4. Climax part of the story when the conflict is dealt with usually the most intense part of the plot the turning point of the story Example: Bob and Bo both happen to be at the local diner one night, and after hollering insults across the room, they have a fist-fight.

7 5. Falling Action explains the result(s) of the climax Example: Bob wins the fight, and Bo ends up in the hospital.

8 6. Resolution/Denouement shows how the problem or conflict is solved ties up all the loose ends of the story BE CAREFUL – some short stories do not have a resolution Example: Bob realizes that he never wanted to hurt his childhood friend, so he visits Bo at the hospital. He asks Bo for forgiveness, and their friendship is rekindled.

9 Typical Plot Map Exposition Narrative Hook Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution The plot map is a flow map with a modified shape. When creating a plot map, always use complete sentences in each box! There are often more than three rising action events in a story, especially in a novel!

10 SETTING Tells where and when a story takes place Usually revealed in the exposition Can have a huge impact on the story * Sets the mood - Charming old house vs. dark, mysterious mansion * In a novel that is historical fiction, the setting is a vital part of the story, affecting characters lives and major story events. - The story of a Holocaust survivor could NOT have taken place in Hawaii in the 1960s!


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