3 What is a Plot?A 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.
4 1. ExpositionThis 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 or at least given some indication of the main conflict or problem.
5 2. Rising ActionThis part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.
6 3. ClimaxThis is the turning point of the story, the emotional high point. The main character comes face to face with the antagonist for the last time, usually. The main character will change in some way.
7 4. Falling ActionAll loose ends of the plot are tied up, usually. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of, although the author may sometimes leave you hanging. Sometimes the resolutions, however, must be inferred.
8 5. ResolutionThe story comes to a reasonable ending. But, remember, sometimes not all of the conflicts are resolved and at others you must infer the resolution of the conflict and the story’s ending.
9 Putting It All Together 1. Exposition2. Rising Action3. Climax4. Falling Action5. ResolutionBeginning of the StoryMiddle of the StoryEnd of the Story