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Parts of the Plot

Adapted from a presentation by Ellen Cavanaugh

Kristyn Clark

on 13 September 2018

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Transcript of Parts of the Plot

Who? What? Where? When? Why?
Occurs at the beginning of the story. It

the protagonist is,
the protagonist wants most,
where and when
the story takes place, and
the protagonist has a problem.

As you view this video clip,
identify the setting, main
characters, and conflicts.
The main character tries to solve the problem, but finds more and more complications.
Rising Action
Plot Diagram
A struggle between a
character and another
physical force, such
as another character
or a natural disaster.
External Conflict
Character versus self
Character versus society
Conflict--A struggle, problem, or fight
Internal Conflict
A mental or emotional struggle that occurs within a character.
1. What is Cinderella’s initial conflict?
2. How does she try to resolve it?
How does her effort complicate the
situation even more?
Characters try to resolve their conflict, but their actions make it even worse by causing more complications.
Three things typically happen here.

What clues hint that this is the
highest point of the story’s action?
Climax - From Walt Disney’s Cinderella
The events that follow the story’s climax. These events lead to the story’s resolution.
Falling Action
Man versus nature
Character versus characacter
Character versus nature
Hint: Think about the change in music
and the facial expressions of the characters
in the scene.
This happens at the end of the story when all conflicts have been resolved and we know what is going to happen to the people in the story.
As you view this video clip,
fill out your Story Mapping worksheet.
This worksheet will be collected
at the end of class.
As you view the rest
of this clip, try to identify
the resolution.
A struggle between a character and something outside of herself, such as another character, the laws of society, or a natural disaster.
External Conflict
Internal Conflict
Character vs. Self
A character struggles with her heart (emotions) or mind (decisions)
Examples of internal conflicts:
How does the author


The excitement readers feel when they don't know what will happen next.
How does an AUTHOR create it?!
How is suspense created in this clip?

As you watch, be prepared to answer this question.
Letting you go back in time to see why a character acts the way she does.
: Giving hints or clues about what might happen later.
: ending a chapter or scene with the protagonist in great danger.
As you watch this next clip. Take note of how the suspense is created. Does the director use foreshadowing, dangerous actions/events, pacing, or all three?
1. The reader is the most emotionally involved in the story.
-The reader might be happy, sad, excited, or terrified.
2. The action is at its highest point.
-A war or fight may be at its deadliest stage.
3. The story is at its turning point.
-A character might undergo change after learning an important life-lesson.
Climax Activity
Complete the worksheet as you view the following videos.
More examples...
View the next two video clips. Chose one on which to focus. Then complete the Complication worksheet.
Character vs. Nature
Character vs. Character
Character vs. Society
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