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Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram Student Notes
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Plot (definition) The sequence in events in a story is called the plot. A plot is usually built around conflict- a problem or struggle between opposing forces.
Conflict External Conflict: The struggle between a character and an outside force. Might be another character(s) or nature. Internal Conflict: A struggle within a character’s mind. (A character must deal opposing thoughts or feelings).
1. Exposition Sets the stage for the story. Characters are introduced, and the setting is described. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).
2. Rising Action Occurs as the story continues. The conflict begins to unfold, the plot becomes more complex and problems and complications arise. Suspense builds as the characters struggle to find solutions to the conflict.
3. Climax This is the most exciting moment or the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with the conflict. The main character will change in some way.
4. Falling Action All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.
5. Resolution The story comes to a reasonable ending.
Putting It All Together 1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story End of Story
Cinderella 1.Exposition: ____________ 2.Setting:_____________ 3.Characters:___________ 4.Potential conflict(s)____________ 5.Draw a plot diagram for this familiar fairy tale with a partner(s). (rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
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