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Elements of Literature: Plot

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Sarah Anderson

on 3 December 2013

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Elements of Literature: Plot
Sarah Anderson
EDIM 508
This Prezi is the first in a series intended to review select literary elements with my 10th grade Academic English students during the short story unit at the beginning of the school year. Following this lesson on plot, students will read “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker and analyze the story’s plot. Gardner (2006) emphasizes that “any lesson is more likely to be understood if it has been approached through diverse entry points” (p. 33). Consequently, I have included various audio and visual resources to support my students in reviewing the concept of plot.

PA Common Core Standards
CC.1.3.10.C: Literary Elements
Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Essential Questions
What is a plot?
How does the author manipulate the plot to engage the reader?
Let's find out!
Watch this video!
To review, 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.

Now, let's look at each part of a plot!
background information given to the reader before the action of the story begins; ends when a situation presents the main character with the problem (complicating incident)
Rising Action
the series of events, conflicts, and crises in the story that lead up to the climax; suspense occurs
event of greatest intensity, either mentally or in action, takes place, and from this point forward, the protagonist moves toward his inevitable end; the turning point of the story
Falling Action
events leading to the resolution
the tying up of loose ends and all of the threads in the story; the outcome of the conflict where the protagonist either emerges triumphant or is defeated

Here's an example of how to identify each part of the plot!
Now, try this on your
own! Fill out the plot worksheet
as we watch the next video!
OK, let's
Any questions?
Congratulations! You made it through the first element of literature!
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