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# Analyzing Linear or Non Linear Plot Structure

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## Robyn Shields

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#### Transcript of Analyzing Linear or Non Linear Plot Structure

Students will analyze and discuss the purpose of non-linear plot development (e.g., flashbacks, foreshadowing, sub-plots, parallel plot structures)and compare it to linear plot development.
Students will collaborate and share ideas of a linear plot and non-linear plot structure in a mixed-pair share activity.
Students will discuss, as a class, their understanding of linear and non-linear plot structures.

Objective
Linear Plot Structure
A linear plot consist of a series of events starting with a beginning, middle, and ending with a conclusion.

Non-Linear Plot Structure
What is Linear Plot Structure?
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By; Miss Shields
Analyzing Linear and Non Linear Plot Structure
A non-linear plot structure consist of a series of events that are out of order. Authors and filmmakers mainly use non-linear plot to copy the structure and recall of human memory
Non-Linear Plot Elements
Flashback

Parallel Plot

Sub Plot
Flashback
A transition in a book or film to an earlier event that interrupts the chronological development of a story
Usually in first person point of view, but can be viewed from different points of view.
The presentation of details, characters, or incidents in a narrative in such a way that later events are prepared for (or "shadowed forth").
For Example:

In the opening of The Wizard of Oz, set in Kansas, the transformation of Miss Gulch into a witch on a broomstick foreshadows her reappearance as Dorothy's enemy in Oz.
Parallel Plot & Sub-Plot
Parallel Plot
Two or more plots that occur within a story and intersect
The plots usually takes place within the same time frame
*In parallel plot, each plot is essential to the story
For Example
Movie: Pulp Fiction
Literature: Romeo and Juliet
Sub-plot
A secondary story in a narrative.
A subplot may serve as a motivating or complicating force for the main plot of the work, or it may provide emphasis for, or relief from, the main plot.

Example:
Harry Potter series
The story is about Harry Potter, but intersected is a subplot based on Hermione’s crush on Ron. Though Harry’s adventures continue unabated, the girl’s sentiments toward Ron take over entire scenes at times
Think Pair Share Activity
Questions:

What are the major differences of Linear and Non-Linear Plots?

How can the elements of a Non-Linear plot connect to the the main plot?

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