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Copy of Plot
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As you view this video clip, identify the setting, main characters, and basic scenario.
The rising action occurs after the inciting incident
(first major event/initial conflict).
Three things typically happen at the climax.
What clues hint that this is the
highest point of the story’s action?
Climax - From Walt Disney’s Cinderella
These are the events that follow the story’s climax.
events tie up "loose ends" and leads to the story’s resolution
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 characters in the story. It
tells us the outcome of the conflict.
A war or fight may be at its deadliest stage.
A character might change after learning an important lesson.
Watch the following video. Write the climax of that video's clip in your notes.
The beginning of the story
the following parts of the story:
the setting (the where and when)
the main characters (the who)
the basic background (the what)
The PROTAGONIST is usually introduced in the exposition. The protagonist is central to the story because all major events have some importance to that character.
protagonist = main character = hero
The ANTAGONIST is what is in conflict with the protagonist.
antagonist = main character = villain
What is the protagonist's background? This is often an important part of the exposition.
is the most emotionally involved in the story. The reader might be
is comprised of
2. rising action
4. falling action
A character sometimes tries to resolve a conflict, but that action can worsen the conflict. That action complicates the conflict. Those complications are part of the rising action of the story.
As you watch, think about how Nemo complicates his initial problem.
The era in which the story takes place is part of the setting. The era can affect the characters and their decisions.
The neighborhood in which a character lives is part of a story's setting. This setting also affects characters and the decisions they make.
The weather is part of the setting as well. How might extreme weather affect a character or the decisions that character makes?
The time of day is part of the setting as well.
Might characters who are raised in an opulent setting like this have a different value system than a character who is raised in a destitute setting?
Setting is important for various reasons. For example, going to the grocery store in the late 1800's was usually a much bigger deal than it is today. Think about how that might have affected their decisions. Do you think that these people went to the grocery store the minute they ran out of milk at home?
BOTH THE PROTAGONIST AND ANTAGONIST ARE NECESSARY TO A STORY.
Now that you know the exposition of "The Brady Bunch", make a prediction. What is a conflict that might occur on this show?
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).
When you encounter a conflict, do your responses complicate the conflict, or do they de-escalate the conflict?
THINK ABOUT IT!
is, at it most basic form, the
"where and when"
of the story.
The main characters are the "who" in the story. They are usually introduced in the exposition.
is at its turning point.
is at its highest point.
is usually short. Generally, falling action helps with closure of the story. The falling action might include
The climax in "The Wizard of Oz" is when Dorothy finally leaves Oz; however, the story isn't over RIGHT when she arrives home. There is some explaining to do. Dorothy recognizes people from Oz in real life, she recognizes it was all a dream, and the audience has a minute to unwind. This falling action allows the audience to feel some closure to the story.
What is the falling action in "The Hunger Games"?
Falling action might include the
return home after a battle
trial of a villain,
clearing after a storm
The climax of "The Lion King" is when Scar threw hot coals in Simba's eyes.
Last but not least.......
An exit ticket!
Do you think your own life is like a plot in a novel?
How is it similar? How is it different?
(i.e. Do you have
conflicts? Do you experience resolutions to these conflicts?)
The plot is the sequence of events, or things that happen, in a story.
Check out how the opening scene of "Aladdin" sets up the setting and characters.
Check out the plot of the movie "UP" as seen through it's preview
Each group will:
1.) Receive a young adult fiction novel
2.) Read the synopsis on the back
(also look at the cover, pages, etc.)
3.) Using the hand out:
-Find and identify the elements of
plot and list them in the box
-Try to predict what might happen at each
phase of the plot.
*Don't worry! There are many "correct" answers to
this! Just do your best.
A graph which visually plots the events in the story
We'll use the
young adult fiction novel.....
Ellie and her friends
go camping, they have no idea they're leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving.
Something has gone wrong-horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the
has been invaded, and their entire town has been captured - including their families and all their friends.
Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight."
What is Plot?
The plot is the sequence of events,
or things that happen
in a story.
is also used to describe the sequence of events.
Let's figure out....
Are there any elements of plot in this synopsis (i.e. exposition)
What are they?...
Is there anything missing
from the synopsis? (i.e. climax)
From the information we have,
can we predict what might happen
in the story? How might it end?
jolts the protagonist out of their everyday routine and makes them take action.
acts as an initial
for everything that is going to happen in the story
leading up to the explosion!
Haggrid visits Harry Potter on his
Haggrid reveals that Harry will be a great wizard someday and gives him a letter welcoming him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Example of Exposition
In the story of The Three Little Bears, the exposition goes something like this:
Once upon a time there were three little bears, a mama bear, a papa bear, and a baby bear. They lived deep in the forest, far away from any people. One morning, mama bear decided to treat her family to a hot serving of porridge.
The rising action is
a series of complications and/or struggles that build from one situation to the next
During these events the conflict becomes more and more intense, demanding some sort of resolution.
A major event occurs that begins the plot and moves the story forward. Usually an initial conflict/problem is introduced.
A character is reflecting on a memory. It reads as though it is actually happening in the present, but it is just the character
to that moment in the past.
When the narrator or character
at something that will happen later in the story. This builds suspense.
Marlin ventures into the ocean to find his son, then he meets Dory.
Nemo is put into a Fish Tank at a dentist office and meets new friends.
Marlin and Dory meet a Seagull that helps them find Nemo.
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...
The Climax is
the turning point of the story;
the point at which the main character changes
The climax occurs anywhere from half way through
book to 90% of the completed story.
Climax in "Finding Nemo"
Marlin Finds Nemo, but thinks hes dead and slowly swims toward home.
In the book "The Hunger Games," the climax is when Peta and Katniss pretend to eat the berries.
Marlin finally tells a funny joke
Marlin is no longer overprotective of Nemo
Nemo is confident and happy