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PLOT STRUCTURE: Jack and the Bean Stalk

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Clare McDonald

on 7 December 2015

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Transcript of PLOT STRUCTURE: Jack and the Bean Stalk

PLOT STRUCTURE
Freytag's Pyramid
Exposition:

introduction of characters and setting
Denouement
conclusion, end of the story
Rising Action:
events leading up to main conflict
Climax:
when problem reaches a high point!
Falling Action:
finding solutions to major problems,
leading to the end of the story
In approximately 5 SENTENCES,

re-write a story from your childhood.




In your groups, share your stories,
comparing STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS.
THINKING BIG PICTURE...
What are
structural elements
of a story?


Think of a story
like a building...
Where do you start?
How do you build on
your foundation?
What do you do
after you have finished?


What words might you
use to describe a
story's structure?
This could be either a retelling of a childhood memory,
OR a retelling of a favorite fairytale.
Just one tool for analyzing short stories!
Exposition
Rising Action
Climax
Falling Action, Resolution
Denouement
"A Barrel of Chicken", Robert Newton Peck
In groups, chart this short story's plot structure!
PLOT STRUCTURE
is only ONE TOOL in your arsenal for ANALYZING short stories!

What are other ways to understand and discuss what you read?
not every story has a linear structure!
pg. 67 in your Literature Books
Jack is a young boy, living on the outskirts of town. He and his mother are very poor and must sell their only cow for food.
WE MEET JACK
JACK BEGINS TO STIR THINGS UP
Jack exchanges his cow for beans, which then grows into a giant bean stalk in his back yard. He climbs and befriends the female giant who feeds him, though steals from the male giant.
On a return trip up the bean stalk, Jack steals again, this time taking the golden goose. The giant discovers him in the act and attempts to chase him down the bean stalk.
ITS THE LAST STRAW!
DOWN COMES THE BEAN STALK
Jack has hacked down the bean stalk, and the fallen giant has died.
RICHES GALORE!
Jack and his mother sell the stolen goods at market and become rich.
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