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1 The Plot Thickens: Narrative Structure! UNIT 1WHAT MAKES A GREAT STORY?
2 Academic VocabularyAnalyze: v. to separate or break into parts and examineElement: n. one necessary or basic part of a wholeInfer: v. to decide based on evidence r knowledge; to draw a conclusionSequence: n. the chronological, causal, or logical order in which one thing follows another* Not all plots go in a specific order, those plots are called non-linear. An author may use flashbacks, interruptions in the story to tell about a previous event, or foreshadowing, dropping clues in the text to hint at complications that may happen later in the story, to build suspense.Structure: n. something constructed or built, such as a building
3 Quick Write Part IThink of a book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen recently. Write a few sentences about the elements that made the story enjoyable for you, using at least two Academic Vocabulary words in your response.5 mins
4 Every (good) plot has to have a conflict! Plot: the series of events that make up a storyEvery (good) plot has to have a conflict!Conflict: a struggle between opposing forcesInternal ConflictExternal Conflict
5 Plot Structure at a Glance Exposition: “exposes” the reader to the setting and characters, introduces the conflictRising Action: presents complications that intensify the conflict and builds the suspenseClimax: the turning point of the story and the moment of greatest suspense; makes the outcome of the conflict clearFalling Action: eases the suspense, reveals the outcome, and how the main character resolves the conflictResolution: reveals the final outcome and ties up loose ends
6 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 the main conflict (main problem).
7 2. Rising ActionThis part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.
8 3. ClimaxThis is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.
9 4. Falling ActionAll loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.
10 5. ResolutionThe story comes to a reasonable ending.
11 Putting It All Together 1. Exposition2. Rising Action3. Climax4. Falling Action5. ResolutionBeginning of StoryMiddle of StoryEnd of Story
12 Unit 1 Reading Strategy VISUALIZE! Form images of the story’s setting and charactersTo visualize a story:Pay special attention to descriptions and word choicesLook for sensory details, ones that appeal to one or more of your sensesReread lengthy descriptions to catch details you might have missed
13 What does it take to be a survivor? Quick Write Part IIWhat does it take to be a survivor?Think about movies you’ve seen or books you’ve read in which one person survives against the odds. What qualities or abilities do survivors share? Write down a list like the one on the left of qualities a person needs to survive.5 mins