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Elements of Plot

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Mary Ashley Federer

on 12 September 2014

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Transcript of Elements of Plot

The Elements of Plot
Plot is the sequence of events in a story
What is plot?
Why is plot important?
Plot is important because if we understand plot we can understand how a story will develop.
Understanding plot throughout a story can help us predict what will happen next in a story
After reading a story, identifying the elements of plot can help us understand what happened in the story better.

Understanding plot can help us understand the meaning of the story better
What are the elements of plot?
1. Exposition
The exposition is the beginning of a story. It is where we learn the background information we will need to understand the story.
2. Rising Action
The rising action is the part of the story where the suspense and excitement build. The conflict is introduced.
Understanding the external development of plot can help us understand the internal development of characters as well
3. Climax
The climax is when the main character(s) come face to face with a problem. It is the most exciting part of the story.
Falling action is when reader finds out the result of the conflict. The reader finds out how the conflict will be resolved. The author begins to tie up any loose ends.
4. Falling Action
5. Resolution
The resolution is the end of the story. In the resolution the author ties up all loose ends and ends the story. The conflict is finally resolved.
The plot pyramid is a visual representation of plot. Basically, it's a diagram which can help us understand the elements of plot.
Plot Pyramid
Rising Action
Falling Action
1. Exposition
Elements of Plot in "Little Red Riding Hood"
We meet Little Red Riding Hood as she skips through the forest. We find out she is on her way to her grandmother's house. We learn that a dangerous wolf is in the forest as well.
2. Rising Action
3. Climax
The wolf tries to eat Little Red Riding Hood and she is saved by the woodsman
The wolf distracts Red Riding Hood and locks the grandmother in the closet. The wolf then disguises himself as the grandmother and lures Red Riding Hood to him.
4. Falling Action
Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are unharmed and thank the woodsman.
5. Resolution
They lived happily ever after.
The wolf tries to eat Red Riding Hood, but the woodsman comes and saves her and her grandmother.
Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are unharmed and thank the woodsman.
We meet Red Riding Hood.
The wolf locks the grandmother in the closet in order to catch Red Riding Hood. The wolf lures her in and Red Riding Hood says, "oh what big eyes you have!"
They live happily ever after.
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