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Plot; 5 steps

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Jessica St.Louis

on 29 May 2014

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The introduction: who? what? when? where? why?
This is the opening segment of a very popular TV show from the 1970's, The Brady Bunch. While watching, see which parts of exposition you can identify.
1. Exposition
1. The rising action starts after the conflict is introduced.
2. Rising action is not usually a straight line up, but rather set with various peaks and valleys on the way up.
3. Generally Rising action takes up the majority of the plot or length of the story.
2. Rising Action
1. What text evidence is there to prove this is the climax?
Walt Disney’s Cinderella
These are the events that follow the story’s climax.

solve the problems
started by the conflict, and
lead to the story’s resolution
4. Falling Action
Resolution occurs at the very end of the story,
after all conflicts have been resolved
. It tells us the next steps in our characters lives.
5. Resolution
3. Climax
Something in the conflict has reached a critical point, following which, things are changed (though the reader may not yet see the resolution).
The beginning of the story
the following 3 parts of the story:
(the where and when)
main characters
(the who)
basic background
(the what)

What is the main character's (or protagonist's) background?
is comprised of

1. exposition
2. rising action
3. climax
4. falling action
5. resolution

A complication is often a
catalyst for the rising action
. For example, a character may try to resolve the conflict, but instead makes things worse. :(

As you watch, think about how Nemo complicates his initial problem.
Cinderella lost her mother at a young age, and her father remarried in hopes that Cinderella would be part of a family, but he died. Cinderella (the protagonist) was left with her evil stepmother and stepsisters (the antagonists).
Cinderella's background
The story is at its turning point.
The reader is also the most emotionally involved, and could be feeling ...
The action is at its highest point, or most intense.

Plot Line
What is Plot?
The plot is the sequence of events, or things that happen in a story.
The series of events that lead to the
in a story's plot.
During these events the conflict becomes more and more intense, demanding some sort of resolution.
The Rising Action
makes stories more interesting.
Each "mini-conflict" adds depth to the story, helps character development, and builds the suspense leading up to the...
A decisive moment or a
turning point
in a storyline at which
the rising action turns around into a falling action
. Thus, a
is the point at which a conflict or crisis reaches its peak that calls for a resolution.
Dori is trapped in the net with tuna fish, and is being pulled into the boat. Nemo has a plan to save them, but must convince his dad to believe in him, despite his lucky fin.
Marlin finally tells a funny joke
Marlin is no longer overprotective of Nemo
Nemo is confident and happy
Dory finds a family and friends
The sharks keep their meetings, and stop from eating fish
What parts did you identify?

Are all the parts there, or are some missing?

The introduction of the conflict sets into motion a series of choices and actions, that make up the plot of the story.
This is the most crucial aspect of climax.
In Finding Nemo the conflict is character vs. __________
In Finding Nemo, Nemo wants ______________________________, but __________________________________________________________
to have some independence
his dad is worried about his fin, and is over-protective.
Finish the conflict statement for finding Nemo.
For example:
In this clip from Finding Nemo, the exposition is over. We already know the background, basic setting, and 2 of the main characters.
Can you identify when the climax is in Finding Nemo?
2. At what point does the story turn, and falling action begin?
Two metaphors are commonly used to represent a plot line.
A roller coaster ride.
Climbing a mountain
A line graph is used to visually represent the plot, or sequence of events in the story. This line graph is called a
plot line
Cinderella, by Walt Disney
1. Background
2. Characters
1. Setting
This is often the most important part of the exposition, and helps readers understand the conflict, when it arises.
Things to note about Rising Action:
Rising Action is:
A complication is an
of the conflict.
The Climax is:
Freaked out!
Some distinguishing features:
* The climax can occur anywhere in the story, but is generally just before the ending.
But, most importantly...
Let's look at some examples.
For each example answer each of these two questions.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
How does Merida complicate her problem?
See if you can identify how each stage of plot is represented by stages of each metaphor.
What did you notice?
How is a plot line like a roller coaster ride?
How is a plot line like climbing a mountain?
Falling Action is typically a very short portion of the story.
Watch this clip from Cinderella. See if you can identify the climax, falling action, and resolution.
What have you learned about:
1. the setting (the where and when)
2. the main characters (the who)
3. the basic background (the what)
In the following examples look the moment of the climax, and proof (text evidence) that this is falling action.
How is the conflict being resolved?
This is the 'happily ever after' that lets readers know everything is O.K. with the characters (or not).
Any remaining loose ends that haven't been solved, will be now.
The author may leave the reader to consider the theme.
Common Events in the Resolution
The Resolution can also be called the denouement.
So, what is the difference between resolution, and falling action?
is what happens after we know the outcome of the conflict. It
gives us a closing to the story.
Falling action
shows the conclusion to the conflict.
Test your understanding:
Disney's Brave (in Finnish)
What events happen as part of resolution?
Merida and mother get along
Sew a new tapestry together
Ride horses together
Suitors try to win her hand
Clans leave without war
Family and clan getting along happily
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